Return of Yoga
Several months ago I was experiencing rather excruciating lower back pain with accompanying hip pain. It was so severe that I was reduced to taking high-ish potency pain killers to ease the stabbing pain during exercise.
Yes, I continued to exercise because I knew myself well enough to know that not doing anything would make it worse. So I focused on exercises that didn’t require too much strain on the lower back and made sure my body alignment was in good order before attempting any exercise routines.
My new exercise goal at this point, was not to get addicted to painkillers! Not exactly the most efficient goal to have. So I booked an appointment with a doctor and scheduled some x-rays just to see what was going on inside there. From the x-rays, everything was normal. This was the evidence I needed to prove that one thing that was always niggling me in the back of my mind; that voice in my head that kept telling me ‘you’re not stretching enough!’
For years I never took the time to stretch after a hard workout… or any workout for that matter. I figured it would all work itself out on its own. Ha! I had built up so many knots over the years that my body finally had enough and threw all its energy into the nerve endings. It worked.
Since I know myself so well, I knew that merely stretching after a lengthy gym session without direction wasn’t going to get me the results I wanted either. I knew that I needed more and I knew that I needed to make stretching a real workout, not just for the body but for my mind too. I needed to be highly focused. I get distracted way too easily.
Even after my first class I immediately felt the effects. I was nowhere near ‘limber’ but I could feel the muscles in my hips and back screaming in excitement at all the attention they were finally getting. Of course they resisted; and mightily. But it was the beginning of a whole new relationship I had with those muscles.
After a month of regular yoga classes, the pain had subsided and I was able to move in ways I hadn’t been able to in a long time. Getting up off the floor was done in one swift movement rather than several small anticipated and closely confined micro movements.
I was addicted!
I had done hot yoga in my 30’s and swore it’s benefits. I had managed to attend minimum of 3 classes per week and was amazed at the feeling of serenity and ease of movement after each class. Since moving out of country to the other side of the world and not having these classes available I think I forgot about yoga entirely… until now.
It was at this point that I realised that no matter where I go, whatever country we move to after this, I need to make yoga a part of my daily existence. Not just for my body, but for the ease of mind I get from knowing I’m in control of what happens to my body, my self. It is for this reason that I decided to take a Certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course. Even the thought of it gives me chills of excitement and anticipation. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to get to this point, but now that it is here I feel it is SO the right thing for me!
Yoga. Does a body (and mind!) good!