Neuroradiologist, Seattleite, and yogi Sarah, 46, first heard about Basis through the medical industry.
Athleticism has been woven into Sarah’s identity from a very young age. “I started dancing at age four and was going to ballet seven times a week by the time I was 10,” she said. By her late 30s, Sarah started noticing changes in her body. “You realize as you’re getting older, you change and your body just needs different things.”
The first thing I do every morning without fail is to make a tea with fresh turmeric root, blended with ghee and cracked pepper. That’s also when I take my Basis. I take it in the morning because it’s just easier for me to remember. I also practice Ashtanga for about two hours every morning.
I first heard about Basis through the medical industry. Someone in my circle mentioned the research on Basis and then I independently started to get curious and follow the science.
In medicine, there’s either this push to band-aid a problem after it’s occurred or heroic attempts to keep people living longer but not necessarily better—and I think both of those approaches are totally wrong. I think making sure people are healthy in the first place and maintaining balance is a much more of a sustainable approach to healthcare.
The professional ballet world, when I was in it, was very much centered around an aesthetic goal. Instructors would want you to hit a certain pose and it wouldn’t necessarily mean you were being intentional or careful around the health of your body — it was primarily to achieve an aesthetic result.
As I’m getting older, the end goal and the way that I approach movement is not necessarily about this aesthetic thing; it’s much more about functionality. I’ve taken it upon myself to learn about how I’m affected by what I put in my body and how the different types of movement that I do are going to sustain me and keep me strong.
The conceptual thing that affects me most is the idea of losing things. Quite honestly coming from being a ballet dancer, there’s a fear of changing in your physical self — it takes a lot of adapting. There’s a lot of strength to be found in learning how to adapt with grace and do that well.
Certainly there are things about getting older that are wonderful. You become more comfortable in who you are. It’s empowering. It is grounding within your own skin to say “This is who I am and I don’t need to do anything for anyone else’s validation or approval. I believe in myself that much.”
There is this duality of wanting to retain that wisdom and that mindset but also have the youthful vessel to continue to be able to enact it. So, I have this fear of losing that. I’m finally becoming this person I’ve always wanted to be and then at the same time I get scared that I’m going to run out of time to use it.
There’s a very strong idea that’s been carried on that men age better than women. This idea of a more distinguished man as he gets older whereas women are seen as just drying out or withering. It’s very society-learned and it needs to change. It’s also very isolated to Western culture. If you go to Vietnam, wrinkles are considered wisdom lines. Age is valued. I love seeing that in cultures.
There’s definitely a culture here in Seattle, because we’re so close to the mountains, of being outdoors as much as possible. And people really protect the environment and are really careful around keeping it sacred. I think that carries into how they live their lives, which really resonates with me.
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