New Book Features Realistic Role Models for Older Yoginis

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Santa Fe, NM. August 15, 2019. Almost 38 million people do yoga today. Over 21 percent of them are over 60 years old. That’s over seven million people (mostly women). They are living longer, healthier lives, but they don't have role models to show them how meaningful yoga can be as an older woman. 

YOGINI: Ageless Women, Timeless Tradition is the first book to explore what yoga means to older women beyond the physical practice (asana). Through ten personal stories, the book examines what makes yoga so compelling, so necessary and so gratifying as they get older. As baby boomers age, they need realistic role models, not the svelte, young things on the cover of yoga magazines. The ten women featured in this book can serve that purpose.

In her new book, award-winning author Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro profiles ten women between the ages of 63 and 85 and shows how their yoga practice has served them well as they have aged. The women come from all parts of the country, study in different yoga traditions, and have a variety of issues. Their stories focus on physical and emotional healing, overcoming adversity, and finding spiritual renewal as well as discovering the peace of mind needed to face the challenges of aging.

Unlike stereotypes of older women, the women featured in the book are living active, engaged lives and continuing to grow and develop in mind, body and spirit, despite their advancing years. They model how to age with grace, wisdom and spirit, thanks to the timeless tradition of yoga that remains relevant and fundamental in the 21st century.

Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro is an award-winning author who has written or co-authored ten nonfiction books. She has a master’s degree in social work and specializes in writing and speaking on the issues of women at midlife and older. She has been teaching yoga to older women since 1999 and studies in the tradition of TKV Desikachar.


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