I recently started taking Zumba dance classes as a cardio workout in addition to yoga. I have been enjoying them so much that I find myself more motivated to go to a Zumba class than a hatha yoga class lately. (Granted, given all the yoga training I've had, I can easily do a yoga sequence at home and that is often my preferred yoga unless I am doing hot yoga or Kundalini yoga.)
There are many ways to age, and in my observation, people tend to age in the following ways:
1) They try to ignore their aging, and pretend they are still young even when they aren't.
2) They throw their hands and just "give up" and totally let themselves go.
3) They age gracefully, with acceptance, and take good care of themselves at the same time.
Of course, not everyone is going to fit into those categories. But I've been observing lately that a lot of people tend towards either 1 or 2. They'll either go into a bit of denial and try to Botox their way out of aging, or they'll just quit bothering and let themselves get "old and fat."
Somewhere in between is that happy middle of aging with grace. As I'm only newly aging and in my early 40s, I hope that I can find that middle ground. Still, I find myself wavering between wanting to push my body and taking better care of it...and yes, it's true, you do start feeling more "aches and pains" after 40.
I do want my yoga to be challenging, but a bit more gentle. And I'm less and less interested in doing yoga to "look good" or master the perfect expression of a pose, versus just doing enough to keep my body in good shape and healthy.