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Spiritual health and active aging: A perspective by Stephanie Ludwig, MDiv, MA, PhD-6005

Spiritual health and active aging: A perspective by Stephanie Ludwig, MDiv, MA, PhD

Each morning 67-year-old John gets on his road bike and cycles through the northern foothills of Tucson, Arizona. Each year he gets slower, he says, but he always returns home from riding with a sweaty, relaxed, smiling face that radiates joy. John has ridden solo and with other cyclists for decades, and continues to do so because it brings him peace in body, mind and spirit as well as a sense of community. It also inspires him to be of service to others. Over the years he has found creative and meaningful ways to share his passion for cycling and bike-friendly communities through volunteerism and philanthropy. The physical, emotional and mental benefits of an active lifestyle are documented by researchers, and well known through direct experience by people like John. Far less considered are the benefits of an active lifestyle for spiritual health--especially approaching exercise and movement as spiritual practice.

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Making the mind matter by Lawrence Biscontini, MA-5965

Making the mind matter by Lawrence Biscontini, MA

As we continue to unlock the power of the mind, the concept of mindfulness grows as a hot topic of research in the active-aging industry. Our mental outlook truly sets our tone about, and attitude towards, what we can achieve in our lives, because a positive outlook includes making positive choices. Since the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that our very choices are more important than pharmacology and exercise combined, the right mindful approach to each day proves key to aging positively.

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Yoga programs for older adults by Patricia Harpell-1303

Yoga programs for older adults by Patricia Harpell

If you can breathe, you can do yoga. One look at the cover of many yoga magazines might lead you to believe that yoga is just for the slim, young and flexible. Yet I have introduced yoga to healthy older adults as well as to people with spinal cord injuries, amputees, those confined to wheelchairs or beds, and everyone in between.

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Wu style Tai chi for older adults by Master Henry Cheng-489

Wu style Tai chi for older adults by Master Henry Cheng

In China, public parks often contain groups of people performing slow, graceful and ballet-like movements in unison. Visitors often ask themselves, “What are they doing?” They are performing the movements of Tai Chi, more commonly known as Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient art of moving meditation. Originating in China during the Sung Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD), a Taoist monk Cheung San Fung created it while looking for a suitable martial art for his Taoist Sanctuary. Legend says that he often observed long-lived animals such as the crane and the turtle. One night he had a dream about a snake and a crane engaged in a dance-like fight, and thus came the idea for Tai Chi Chuan.

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Qi Gong and Tai Chi: promoting practices that promote healthy aging by Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, PhD, Lynn Beattie, MHA, Rita Chow, EdD, James Firman, EdD, Roger Jahnke, OMD, Chae-Hee Park, MS, Karl Rosen-450

Qi Gong and Tai Chi: promoting practices that promote healthy aging by Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, PhD, Lynn Beattie, MHA, Rita Chow, EdD, James Firman, EdD, Roger Jahnke, OMD, Chae-Hee Park, MS, Karl Rosen

In the final decades of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, health promotion emerged as a complement to conventional medical interventions. Some examples of these innovations include disease risk management, self-care, reduction of negative drug interactions, falls and injury prevention, stress management, holistic healthcare, and mind-body medicine. An integral part of this healthcare evolution has been the growing importance of various forms of exercise modalities originating from Asia, such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

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Yoga basics for older adults by Leigh Crews-382

Yoga basics for older adults by Leigh Crews

Yoga is a centuries-old system for living handed down to us as an interwoven tapestry of physical and spiritual elements. In the west, we typically think of the physical aspects when we say we "do yoga." Yet, yoga's mental aspects are woven throughout the physical movements. Yogic movement and poses (asanas), combined with yogic breathing techniques (pranayama) and guided relaxation or meditation (dhyana), form the basic fabric of yoga practice.

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