Hi Lynn, nice to meet you. I'm sorry you have all this pain and sleep problems to deal with. Yoga may be a very good way to help you reach your goals. I found that it helped me be more aware of my body and it's needs and to find gentle ways to improve my habits. Best of luck with your goals.
Welcome, Lynn! If you use the tools on this website, it will definitely help you. Glad you are interested in yoga, because it is a practice that can be adapted to different body types and sizes, and also to pain level. Do you have a studio nearby where you can take classes, and where you can arrange a private lesson once in a while? The individual attention is *very* helpful for students with special issues. If you are just practicing at home with DVDs or Podcasts, I suggest Peggy Cappy's "Yoga for the rest of us" series -- there are special issues for arthritis, easing pain, heart, back, etc.
I'm Lynn and I am a 55 year old female with weight issues and serious back issues. I do not get a good night sleep because of pain and sleep apnea. I no longer work because of this and it's a bit depressing. I really do not eat much but can't seem to shed any weight. I try to incorporate more activity in my daily routine, but it's contingent on level of pain. So, now I am trying not to concentrate on myself by sewing or crocheting to help others. I really want to lose weight to feel better and do more.
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