Monday, March 24, 2014
A little over a week ago I started attending a restorative yoga class that is offered at the fitness center I attend free with my Silver Sneakers benefit to my insurance. Before I started doing it I was finding myself barely able to walk around. My knee was extremely sore along with most of my right leg. I felt I was walking off balance. It made it very hard to get into exercising or doing anything healthy.
After the first hour of the yoga I found myself almost walking normal again. The pain was greatly diminished and I could walk much better. In a couple of days a lot of the pain was back though and I found it hard to sleep again.
The next day I did the class again. It was the same results again only this time the pain and loss of balance did not return as much and as quickly. I did fairly well over the weekend.
I had planned to go to another session today. School is starting up again tomorrow after break and I had a lot to do to get ready. At 11:00 I started to tell myself that I didn't have time for the yoga and that I should just keep working on school stuff. Then I realized that if I did that I would end up back where I was before. I pushed myself out of the chair and went to class. I have to put myself before my school and other responsibilities. I owe myself this hour three times a week.
The yoga class is often difficult. It is not extremely painful to hold some of the poses but definitely uncomfortable. I am wore out after the hour. But then as I walk out I realize the pain is much less and today I even felt a spring in my step.
I plan to continue this yoga at least three days a week and see where it goes. It is offered MWF at 11:30. I have a class to teach on Friday so will no longer be able to attend that one until school is out, but I plan to find a youtube video for it or just do it myself in my exercise room on that day. I might even add in a couple of other days as time goes on.
I can't believe what a difference it has made in how I feel. All of the sitting and grading has paid a toll on my body this semester. I owe it to myself to counteract this. I was beginning to feel like I walked like an 80 year old.
It is difficult for me to get my head around the fact that an hour of uncomfortable effort can result in such a reduction in pain. I look forward to how I will feel six months for now. I need to tell myself that when I make excuses for why I cannot do the yoga.
We deserve time to invest in ourselves no matter what we have to do!