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Secret To A Long Life – Is Living A Happy One

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MAMASTE By Stefanie Lester Coslow

Tonight I attended a Yoga & Chocolate workshop.  Ever since I saw the flyer, I wanted to go. Those two words together are music to my ears.  But, I almost didn’t go as it meant I had to sub out a class, which I felt guilty about – both because I love my classes, and, if I don’t teach, I don’t get paid.

I have to say, I’m so glad I listened to my heart and went.  It was an amazing evening.

The practice was challenging, the music was great, and the chocolate (sitting on our mats after class) was incredibly delicious (Vosges Haute Chocolates, if you don’t know them check them out!)  But David Romanelli, the teacher, was so inspiring.  His philosophy is all about living in the moment, enjoying the journey of life and to stop taking ourselves so seriously.

He shared his insight and perspective through truly funny, relatable stories that had made me laughing hysterically and forgetting that I was still holding my arms out at shoulder height after g-d knows how long!

This class was inspired by Jeanne Calment who lived to be 122 years old, the longest life in history, and her secrets to longevity were enjoying the journey and eating two pounds of chocolate per week …..this is my kind of woman!

David has a big interest and apparently, has learned much from supercentenarians, or those who are over 110 years old.  He stated that one thing he found that they all (or almost all) had in common was a certain “joie de vivre”, or joy of life, and a good sense of humor.

He shared a fantastic quote, “ A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.”  (Henry Ward Beecher)  How true is that?

Another important point he made; youth is in the mind.

I truly believe that outlook and mental attitude play an important role in physical health.  I never, ever had thought of living to 122 years old, or even close to that as a goal.  Aging hasn’t seemed like the most appealing thing, to be quite honest.  But imagine the possibility….. my eldest child, my daughter, would be 90! Maybe I’d be a great, great grandmother….  And who’s to say I can’t remain healthy and active and feeling young for a long time to come?

Who knows what the future holds, but I can do my part, we all can, by staying active and healthy (within reason) and enjoying life, guilty pleasures and all (ie – chocolate), and by doing things that fill my heart and make me smile.  So let’s loosen up a bit, stop taking ourselves so seriously, slow down a little, and take some time to smell the roses.  Life is short….





Take one of Stefanie’s classes at CorePower yoga studios throughout Chicago (Stefanie C on the schedule) or at Yoga Loft Chicago She also works with private clients in their homes so think of her for your next party or corporate event. Either write her a note on the blog, or call her directly at 646-642-3391. Catch up on Stefanie’s prior posts at

For more information on David Romanelli or to check out his book, his blog, his yoga workshops…..visit


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