*Disclaimer I am not a professional Physical Therapist I only know what works for my own body based on trial and error, asking a lot of questions at Therapy and a lot of anti-inflamatories. I have also spent countless hours with frozen peas down the back of my yoga pants watching old episodes of the Real Housewives recovering from one pose. So please educate yourself before you try anything new.
The first time I tried yoga it was for college credit to fulfil a requirement and try to get in shape. Even though I was probably 75+ pounds overweight and smoked I was still pretty flexible and enjoyed the class enough to continue on my own for a little while after.
When I began my weight loss journey in 2009 I started taking classes again at my gym. I wasn’t nearly as flexible but it felt really good to stretch out and test the limits of my muscles since I was hitting the cardio pretty hard 6 days a week. There were 3 classes that fit into my work schedule so I made time for at least two of them every week and did a little on my own at home often.
Since I am super limited on what I am allowed to do with my back injury I have been looking for anything and everything I can find that will help. At first I was not allowed to do much yoga at all because of the undue pressure it can put on your spine. So I did what I always do, I did a lot of internet searching and found poses that were safe and built up from there.
Now I keep a running list of poses and just work my way through the list a few days a week. Some days I can do the whole list and some days I spend a whole lot of time doing cat/cow and extended child’s pose trying to decompress and stretch.
I tried doing Yoga with Adriene on you tube but I found myself unable to do some of the poses as the 30 day program wore on. I do go back and do some of the days that felt good on occasion and I appreciate the variety of the videos.
If you check my browser history you will find a lot of searches containing the phrase “yoga for”….cramps, hip pain, herniated discs, sleep and even pooping. There really is a practice for everything.
In my journey I have made it a point to do as much as I can naturally without filling my body full of drugs or injections that no one knows the long term effects of. I am not vain enough to care about scars from surgery but I don’t want to go down that road unless it is my only option.
It feels good to try to make my body stronger and healthier instead of just numb.
There are 144 days until my next trip and I am bound and determined to be strong and healthy for this one!