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Yoga . . . .

Monday, November 25, 2013

They offered a 1/2 hour yoga session free for workers on Mondays at lunchtime, in our building. I was delighted. Brought in my yoga mat - and discovered virtually everything the instructor was doing required two working arms. I have nerve damage in my left brachioplexus that means I have only 20 to 25 per cent of the use of that arm. I have NO triceps and only about 20% of my biceps. I have no feeling in most of my left arm and hand. I can't support myself on two arms, because my left arm collapses. I do a lot of yoga myself at home, but I improvise or skip things that need me to support my body with my arms. This instructor was doing almost entirely things that I could absolutely not do. I watched for about 15 minutes and then concluded that I was not going to be able to participate. I'll have to keep doing it on my own where I can adapt to my limitations without upsetting anyone. Oh well . . . . emoticon
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    I think you should talk to the instructor, tell her you've been doing yoga with your own modifications and ask her to offer more suggestions that will help you further strengthen yourself. I always just do what I can in any class. I cannot always sit "Indian style" so I leave both my legs straight out. And I have been in Yoga classes that were just too advanced for me; I did what I could--and most of the time it looked nothing like what they were doing. Ain't no big thing! Get what you can from the class.
    1923 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2014 7:58:59 PM
    In my opinoin the instructor should be able to give you modified things to do.
    1950 days ago
    I'm sorry. I think that it is awesome how you have made yoga work for you.
    1967 days ago
    You gave it the team spirit 'try' and that's exactly the type of gal you are! I'm sending you congrats for giving it a shot! It would be nice if they could adapt the classes a little bit to make room for those that have some challenges. It does seem that a good instructor must have came upon this before.

    I am very excited about some core stretching exercises. Since the hubs heel problems were almost magically cured by some stretching exercises his therapist gave him (they call him the 'foot whisperer') emoticon I was sufficiently impressed enough to look into stretching exercises myself.

    Boy BABY...they have HELPED so much!

    Learned about them on Spark (of course) called 'Classical Stretch' you can google them...very wonderful stretches...we all need to be more flexible and these target that need beautifully! Check em out! emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
    too bad you couldn't talk to the leader and tell her about your limitations so she could have included you in the exercise.
    1973 days ago
    Sorry you were not able to join in fully with the yoga at work (nice idea) I have inflammation in my left shoulder joint and am also restricted in weight bearing moves at present. I am adapting yoga moves from you-tube clips to help stretch and strengthen my joints and enjoying learning the moves.
    Is there a possibility that you will recover anymore strength and movement in your arm ? looks like you are making the most of what you can do, pity about not been able to fully join in at work
    1974 days ago
    That was brave of you to go and it's great that you've figured out a way to adapt at home. I'm impressed!
    1974 days ago
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