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Ok, so it hasn’t been quite three months since I last posted but it’s getting close. I’ve missed writing and I’ve missed a lot of my old WordPress friends. I’ve been doing well though. Regular readers from when I was a regular writer will recall that I had a strained rotator cuff once upon a time. I’ve completely healed, I have no pain whatsoever. I did not, however, go back to push ups, sit ups or squats. I got in to running for a little while and then somehow pulled a back muscle. Not enough stretching, I suppose? This was a pivotal moment for me.
When my back was hurting I started to think about my direction in fitness. I still 100% believe in my minimalist workout. But I started to think. Maybe I push myself too hard or just have the genetics but I seem to be a little accident prone. A woman I work with is always talking about yoga and how much she loves it. She told me she broke her neck years ago and had 3 slipped discs. She told me yoga took all the pain away. Not knowing much about yoga I asked her if she could give me some good poses for my back which was bothering me. She gave me three poses which I researched right away. They were bridge pose, cobra pose and camel pose. These poses are awesome for elongating the spine, opening the chest and stretching everything out.
So I kept going. YouTube has endless yoga videos. I simply search for yoga, beginner and the area I want to work on that day whether it’s upper or lower back, abs, legs, arms… Then I build a playlist and pull up the YouTube app on my blue ray player and workout in my living room. My 5 year old has enjoyed doing yoga with me so much that we built her a playlist of just kids yoga. She loves the kids yoga because it’s like acting out a story with yoga moves. She’ll giggle and do her poses for the entire 15 minutes and then sit down, put her hands together and say “namaste”.
In the few weeks I’ve been doing yoga I can already see my posture getting better, my body is getting more flexible and the poses are getting easier. I’m really loving the yoga. I plan to write more about yoga in the future, maybe I’ll post some pics of me doing yoga poses and maybe some instruction on how to do poses, although I’m not an instructor and am learning to do these poses myself.
I’d love to hear from anyone who is doing yoga. Leave me a message in the comments.