Though I had toyed with yoga when I was a young woman, low back pain sent me to yoga in a more serious way almost a decade ago. At that time, when I got out of the car after my 40+ minute drive to and from work, I would have to stand still for a while and let my body have some time to get ready to move. Yoga got rid of the “wad of chewing gum” I felt I had stuck in my low back. Then a still undefined pelvic imbalance began to cause me chronic mild pain, resulting in many sleepless nights. I tried chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, and many creams, lotions and pain relievers. An even more regular yoga practice of a slightly different kind has made a world of difference.
I know that the aging body will continue to pose (pardon the pun!) many challenges, but I believe that regular yoga and walking will help my body stay as strong and flexible as possible.
Yoga has also made a big difference in my spirit, my personal serenity. I’ve struggled with a somewhat volatile temper at times in my life, and I confess that I have been impatient and quick to judge. I continue struggle to ward off anxiety. Asana, pranayama, and meditation are tools that still, quiet, and calm me. That may be the greatest benefit of all.
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