My intention for my yoga practice today is to keep my mind and breath open and flexible — even though my joints, tendons and muscles are tight. By focusing on my breath, I can flow through my sequences with steadiness and clarity — without losing control and forcing things. And that will allow me to be receptive and attentive to what my aging, stiff body is telling me. It may even reveal something completely unexpected and rewarding. That’s why we go through the motions on the mat.