Ideally, getting older means that we give up trying so hard to conform and and begin to listen to our bodies more. This is often facilitated by the occurrence of various aches and pains which draw attention to the body’s needs. Here Yoga cannot create miracles, but can be used to aid the transition from one life stage to the next, bringing us into the experience of our bodies, rather than just focusing on the appearance of our bodies. We can also continue to discover new abilities in the body, which can be exciting.
Yoga can be a way to learn to accept and love our bodies. It can also be a way to reinforce preexisting ideas about body hierarchy – that somehow slim, young, muscular bodies deserve love and acceptance above all others. We can become conscious of these biases though, and practice changing them – in our own lives, and ultimately in the broader culture as well.