Monday, 1 September 2008

Yoga


I sat down on the sidewalk to take this picture on my morning run today.  I thought the flowers were pretty and evoked a mood of late summer.  I love late summer, early fall, late fall, early winter... then early spring, late spring, early summer, and late summer again.  The only part of the year I struggle to like is late winter.  

But I digress...

I went for an introduction session at a yoga studio today and then plopped down my credit card to pay the considerable sum for 3 months of membership.  Please, somebody, tell me this wasn't a waste of money!  Yoga is not cheap!

I have been struggling to keep running.  I have been struggling with just about everything.  I have been in tremendous pain from the car accident.  The CT scan showed that I have "degenerative disc disease" which isn't news to me.  I am glad it is nothing more acutely worse than that.  

But do I want to continue to go to Physical Therapy once a week for limited relief (at $30. a crack), or should I try something else?  I decided that yoga might just help me.  The tiny little korean woman at the yoga place was so kind to me, and didn't try to insult me into signing up.  You know how sometimes people tell you how very badly you need them by telling you how very pitiful you are?  I didn't feel any of that at all.  

We shall see...

9 comments:

Running Knitter said...

Sorry to hear you're still having some trouble due to that car accident. Though I haven't tried it, I have heard that Yoga is very beneficial. Good luck with it and let us know how it goes. :)

Wes said...

Mary Geeeeeeee!!!! You come back and tell us in three months if it was worth it or not :-) If you enjoy it, then it is well worth the small sacrifices!! Woo hoo!!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Sorry to hear about your pain. Pain is no fun.

I haven't done yoga - I'm still convinced that you have to be something other than mortal to get your body into those poses - but others speak highly of it. If you enjoy it and/or it helps with pain, then why not go for it?

Marcy said...

I think it's going to be great. If nothing else, it should help with the running ;-)

Joe said...

I have a work associate and my mother-in-law who really like yoga...they feel the movement and the stretching are very, very worthwhile. So, I'd suggest being open to it and learning/doing all you can.

So sorry the pain continues!!

J~Mom said...

I love yoga...you can get as much or as little out of it as you want. I am sorry you are still hurting!

carla said...

I, too, have heard that yoga heals all body-woes.

keep us posted on YOUR experiences...


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Jess said...

Yoga can be spendy, depending on the studio and how many sessions you get within those 3 months, but it can be very worthwhile!

Karen said...

My thoughts are if you get the right tutor then either Yoga or Pilates is good for the core thus good for helping the back. I try and do a combo class although I must admit to be being a bit of a slacker and not going regularly enough!

Good luck with it and good luck with the back pain - I hope you get some resolution!