Kay is an inspiration to many of us, her fellow yoga classmates. What I have learned from her is to never stop moving. Yoga is for Every Body!  Yoga does not care how mature or what size we are. Yoga accepts us just as we are. 

My yoga practice has taught me to tune in, turn on, and tap into the Present.  What does this mean?  As I am practicing yoga, I forget about the past, I don’t worry about the future, and I am in the present moment, body, mind and spirit.  The chatty monkey mind is not there telling me what I should be doing or could be doing – I am in the present moment.

I am almost 69 years old and have been exercising my entire life.  I played basketball in junior high and high school, danced with the modern dance team in college, taught aerobics, step classes, dance classes, weight training in my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  I finally quit teaching, however, I still went to all kinds of classes.  You name it – ZUMBA®, kickboxing, played racquetball, took ballroom dancing, contra dancing, etc.

At 60, my body said, “No, no more jumping, bouncing, running, etc.” I actually had to listen to my body. My knees began to hurt, shoulders didn’t feel so good either.  So, what was I going to do? I knew I had too much energy to stop all physical activity.

Voila, a new yoga studio opened in town and I thought, “Why not try yoga,” I signed up for a free class – a gentle yoga class. I put off going for a couple of weeks and then decided walking on the beach was not enough for me. The gentle yoga class was/is one of the best things I have done for myself. Leaving the studio, I felt relaxed, content, and at peace. That is what yoga is about; finding that place where the chatty monkey mind stops and concentration is on the present. Taking time to find the balance in body, mind and spirit. 

Because of yoga, I am stronger and more flexible. I am able to see, feel and think differently. Now, each of my senses are more aware and attuned to my energy.  My body, mind and spirit have created a new me.  Now I know I am capable of infinite possibilities at any age and so are you!

Thank you Yoga and all of my yoga teachers!  I am grateful!

Kay Field 

Kay is an educator, entrepreneur, and partner in Tobacco Road Cellars, a Napa Valley boutique winery.  She is also is a community minded individual working with at risk youth and her church.  Two of her personal interests are the labyrinth committee at St. Francis By the Sea Church and a member of the Woymn of the Moon Tide.

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