Karen O’Neil

Karen O’Neil

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1977, and from that day forward I knew that daily physical exercise would be part of my life. In the early years, I went from being a runner to a cycler to aerobics, always going to the max. Yoga floated in and out of my life, but was never a regular thing. In 2009, I fractured my spine in a horseback riding accident, and after a year of pain, I had surgery and slowly began to recover. Yoga was the perfect companion, never too demanding, always letting me get my own way and yet healing me in ways I didn’t expect. My broken body could still do things! Maybe I wouldn’t be able to do everything, but I could look forward to doing most of it. And now, as a newly minted senior citizen, I am still able to do everything I want.

It won’t be long before the 50+ age group will exceed 20% of the population in this country. I want people to know that lack of movement causes aging, not the other way around. There really is something we can do to make our later years more mobile, and that thing can be yoga. Yoga has made it possible for me to still be hiking, practicing step aerobics and standing on my head at 65. And isn’t that what we all want? To be able to do what we love for as long as we can, and be independent as long as we can? My hope is that I can be a part of someone’s discovery that this really is possible in their own life.

I completed my 200 hour Teacher Training in 2020 with Cindy Boulter at Revolution Community Yoga, and am continuing my studies in the areas of Yin Yoga and Yoga for Seniors.