Yoga and Meditation are part of a regimen that conditions the body and mind. I started practicing yoga as a kid stretching and working on the halasanas and dhanurasanas. I practiced the various poses on my own from books, slowly following the instructions and getting inspired by the health benefits it listed.
My first successful attempt at the shirshasana (head stand) was at Minneapolis in year 2001. An exciting achievement as I was felt that I was able to attain balance in my body by standing on the head with no assistance.
Meditation was part of religion and luckily you get to do a good deal of it in Hinduism and in preparation for school exams.
Working on a lot and being slowed by advancing age…well, at least good to feel good when I do get the time, inspiration and the painless back to do some yoga or sit in meditation….