Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yoga: a welcome addition, but . . .

I started yoga, finally, three weeks ago, and absolutely love it. Mostly.

This morning was a bit of a struggle. It's going to be a long road.

I started with a lot of negativity today. Not sure why: just woke up a little tired. I looked forward to yoga, but it was a strain right away, and my brain went right to, "God. Three times a week for the rest of my life?"

Plus, I've been doing everything imaginable to help my back. Started a daily spreadsheet of activities, pain and tightness to document what leads to the next bad patch, and used it to log every time I stretch, shooting for five times a day of 10-15 minutes.

And I was very happy about it, until this morning it suddenly seemed like a huge, endless struggle.

But I felt much better at the end of yoga. I've got a great teacher, too--Tim Bouldry at David Barton Gym. He's always exuding joy and plus he said he was proud of me today. That helped immeasurably.

Helped. It will be a challenging day.

1 comment:

  1. I have no idea what's wrong with your back, but I broke mine when I was 19 and subsequently gave myself scoliosis by going on an Outward Bound trip too soon. I did yoga for awhile, but you have to be careful to avoid contraindicated poses (e.g., the plough) or you can make your back worse. I'm 56, so my current routine is to walk or stairclimb 4 to 5 miles a day (goal: 20 miles a week--preferably 30), do at least 60 crunches, and do various stretches. When I feel like *not* exercising, I think of my Aunt Mary. When she was in her 90s, she told me that she frequently didn't feel like even getting out of bed in the morning. Then she'd remember that her brother lived to be 99, and she knew that she wanted to beat him and live to be 100, so she got up (she didn't quite meet her goal, dying at 96, but she was active until near the end of her life). Avoid sitting on hard surfaces, massage your back with a tennis ball if needed, & don't sit in seats with absolutely upright backs.