Ann Richardson has been a writer for many years. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views in their own words.
She writes on different subjects that capture her interest for one reason or another. This includes a book about people living with AIDS or HIV thirty years ago when there was no cure (Wise Before Their Time, Foreword by Sir Ian McKellen); a book about what it is like to work in end-of-life care (Life in a Hospice, Foreword by Tony Benn); and a book about how it feels to be a grandmother (Celebrating Grandmothers).
Her most recent book. The Granny Who Stands on Her Head: Reflections on Growing Older, is a set of short pieces about the joys and challenges of becoming old, with an emphasis on the joys. It is also partly a memoir, including some stories from her life.
Ann lives in London, England, with her husband of 58 years.
Please visit her website www.annrichardson.co.uk
People tend to associate yoga with young women, who look lovely in their leotards and can do all the poses well. But older people can also enjoy yoga. I know I do. And here is a link to a two minute video showing me doing a headstand at the age of 80: https://annrichardson.co.uk/the-granny-who-stands-on-her-head/
Go on, see if it makes you smiile.
THE GRANNY WHO STANDS ON HER HEAD
And yoga is more than exercise. It puts you in touch with your own body, making you feel more in tune with its ways. One friend, a yoga teacher, said that it “wakes your body up and gives it a good shake.” It helps us to rediscover the joys of actively using our body, rather than seeing it as something we carry around without much thought. I also find that it requires so much concentration that I forget the things that are worrying me and feel much more refreshed as a result. Some people find that they even like themselves more.