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Traditional Yoga Postures for Modern Geriatric Care Or Women’s Yoga Lineages of the Lambourn Valley

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AbstractThis article is a personal reflection on the evolution of Yoga teaching and practice in the United Kingdom as I have experienced it growing up and growing old(er) in the Lambourn Valley in Berkshire, in the South West of England. I chart the development of a new style of Yoga Postures for Geriatric Care, describing some of the circumstances within which Yoga for the elderly has become increasingly meaningful. Along the way I will address the question of what in a modern tradition constitutes authentic practice, and what is the acceptable room for therapeutic innovation. Specifically, I ask, if pain and sickness are an obstacle to personal development should we try to transcend or to cure it?


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