Yoga - gently does it
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
After several weeks of relative inactivity I decided last week to return to my previous daily yoga practise. I subscribe to an online yoga community so I logged in and went straight to a practise I used to do regularly.
I struggled to get through it and was really glad when I reached the finishing relaxation. Afterwards I could barely get myself into he shower and realised how out of shape I had become in a very short time. That night I couldn't sleep for the pain in my shoulder blades!
Hmm! I was beginning to think that having recently turned 60 I was now really over the hill! Would I ever regain some of my previous fitness?
Over the past two weeks DH and I have been going for walks of anything from 1 to 2 1/2 miles. Not very far you may say but boy did I struggle on the longer walks. How could I possibly have lost all my flexibility, strength and stamina in just over two months?
In the last three weeks I also hurt myself falling over, not once but twice! Once while walking in the woods a branch jumped out and grabbed my trouser bottoms. no matter how I fought that branch it would not let go and finally tripped me up, resulting in sore knees and damaged ego. Then a few days later the sore knee gave out while I was running for the shuttlecock in a badminton game and I landed very hard on my back.
This week I am determined to take it more slowly. I found a gentle restorative yoga practise, just 30 minutes long and with lots of gentle stretches. No more fast paced sun salutations for me just yet! I am feeling so much better already.
I find it very difficult not to push myself to stretch just that bit further but I am trying to take this at a tortoise pace instead of a hares. No more ego, no self harm, this time I will take care of myself and slowly, slowly build up my routine again. Ahimsa is now my favourite word.
Just feeling the gentle muscle stretching in time with controlled breathing feels wonderful.
Living life and loving moving.
Today is all good!