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Birthdays and Backbends

Row of colorful birthday cupcakes


I had a birthday some months back. I am now 42. I know that 42 is not “old”, and I know that age is just a number. Everyone says, “Embrace your 40’s”, and people older than me say, “YOU are SO young!”, and my friends younger than me remark “42 is no big deal”. And yet, there is a little whisper in the back of my mind that says “it’s happening”.

What is happening? A few grey hairs, maybe some crinkles. I feel 26 years old, 28 tops! I am in great physical shape and I have learned, especially after having my third child, how to be “responsible”. I am relatively ON TIME for most things.  I put gas in the car before it gets to E. I plan ahead and keep a calendar  (this is the most major change for my brain who naturally likes to live in the world of spontaneity).

I try to hold on to the silly side of me, the creative, the free-spirited, the child at heart.  It’s getting harder, maybe not because I am getting older but because I spend so much time being “responsible” that there is not any leftover time to create the head-space necessary to feel “free-spirited”. Furthermore, the more time I spend being away from that free-spritired girl, the harder it is to stay in touch with her. Is that what it means to be a “grown up”?

So what is it that’s nagging me? It’s the awareness of where I am on the spectrum….. in the middle……..and I never pictured myself “middle-aged”. So here I am, at the cusp, on the brink of that place!  It’s a little scary, a little unnerving and a little exciting too, to know that I have arrived at this place.

I have two goals for my new birth year:

  1.  Make time for the creative head space I need to nurture my spirit
  2.  Back-Bending and yoga goals

“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”

– Bob Harper

Do I need to say more on this?

Back-bending poses are not just beneficial for the back, they can also be heart-opening, core strengthening.

Improves posture, stimulates the central nervous system and your organs, opens the lungs and calms the mind.

There are SO MANY glorious backbends to practice! I always feel stronger, revitalized and centered after a yoga practice that includes backbends.  I will preface this by saying I am not a back bending pretzel, I consider myself to be an “intermediate” yoga practioner on the physical level (still just a beginner in the mind).

I am practicing going into wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) from a standing position.  I have started my practice using the wall to support the descent.  My goal is to walk into this backbend without the wall.

Do you have any “yoga goals” and how are you nurturing your practice to get there?

Sarah is a busy yogini: with a traveling husband, 3 kids, 3 dogs, tennis enthusiast and yoga & meditation teacher. I have previously owned my own yoga studio and now I teach yoga and mindful meditation at Walter Reed Bethesda Medical Center, and I work privately with children/teens/adults with anxiety.   Most days I laugh that “I AM A YOGA TEACHER” because my life does not look peaceful or meditative: it looks like a 3-ring circus.  However, despite how crazy I feel (or act!), people ask me all the time about my personal yoga practice and how I incorporate yoga into my life.  This blog is to share with you how I live my yoga, how I am always trying to be more UNITED with my spirit, and the reality that I am still always practicing yoga and… have a very long, long way to go! – See more at:


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