Over and Out

September 30, 2008

It’s day thirty of the the thirty day experiment. The results have been good and I’m experiencing a lot less pain than I was before I started doing the yoga. I may continue, or I may try something new now. Whatever I do, I won’t be participating in the next thirty day experiment. I have a lot on my plate and don’t need one more thing to try and keep up with.

I really appreciate Mike for setting up this blog. This has been fun and beneficial for me. While I won’t be going this next round with him, I may participate again in November.

I’m also proud of Mike and impressed with what he’s accomplished this month. He never ceases to amaze and inspire me with his determination and perseverance. I’ll definitely follow his experiment through October and will be happy to offer any support I can from the sidelines.

Thanks for following our progress.

Over and out.


Never Do Yoga In Bed!

September 19, 2008

Earlier this week, I thought it might be a good idea to do my yoga in bed. Well, the lying down poses anyway. I have a firm mattress and I thought it would be more comfortable that way.

Placing a folded towel under my tail bone and knees helped considerably with the pain in those areas, but the floor is still a little too hard for me to lie on. The idea of doing my exercises on a nice comfortable mattress seemed like it would be better. Oh, and it was! Until a couple of hours later, that is.

I was so sore!

While my mattress is quite is firm, I think yoga requires more solid support. I suppose there’s a good reason all the yoga experts do it on the floor. I couldn’t tell much of a difference while I was doing it, but there obviously was one.

Apparently there are specific yoga routines which can be done in bed. I don’t think the one I have been doing is among them, though. I may check into some of them, but for now I’m staying on the floor.

My advice: unless your yoga routine is specifically designed for doing in bed, don’t!


A Few Improvements

September 16, 2008

I was going to post an update yesterday since it was the halfway point in the experiment. But, to be honest, I was totally pooped by the time I finished work and then everything else I had going on just finished me off.

That said, I feel more energetic overall. And that’s only part of the good news!

Yoga bendingI’m definitely having less pain. This improvement has been consistent enough that I am now convinced it’s a result of the yoga. I usually hurt more when it rains, but we’ve had two good rains since I started this, and I didn’t notice any difference at all. This is down to a chronic condition which causes me considerable, constant joint and muscle pain on a daily basis.

I was cleaning house the other day, and started to bend over to pick up something from the floor. I braced myself for the usual pain I feel in my lower back when bending over, but it didn’t come! In fact, that was the first time I realized that I brace myself that way. I guess it had become such a habit that I didn’t even notice. Not feeling the pain I had expected was what called it to my attention.

Saturday, I walked a mile; Sunday I walked a little more than that, and then spent about two hours shopping. Normally, either one of those things would have landed me in bed with a heating pad for the rest of the day, and possibly the next. But not this time! I felt slightly fatigued, but I was able to work through it. I finished several other things I needed to do on Sunday and would have slept like a baby it hadn’t been for the barking dog next door, but that’s another story.

I have a few more things I’d like to share, but I’m out of time and need to get to work. I’ll just save it for another post. I need writing material anyway, and you know what they say: always keep ’em coming back for more!

Thanks for following our progress.


So I Lied!

September 5, 2008

I said I would blog every day, and I didn’t post anything yesterday. I guess that makes me a liar.

Actually, I’ve been a bit under the weather, and so has my son, so it’s been difficult keeping up with everything. Besides that, there’s really not a lot to say about doing yoga every day, apart from the fact that I did it. So I’ll go ahead and say that, although I’ve not been feeling so well, I’ve been doing my yoga. There.

I tried Selena’s suggestion of putting a folded towel under my tail bone for greater comfort. It works very well, and I will continue doing it. It also helps with my knees. Thanks, Selena!

Five days in, I am feeling better. I’m not having as much pain, but I’m not ready to give Rodney Yee all the credit just yet. Like I said before, it could be down to just having better days, as I sometimes do. I’ll keep you posted.

Since I don’t have cool recipes to post and yoga hasn’t affected my regularity, I probably won’t have nearly as much to talk about as Mike does. I’ll make a point of posting here at least twice a week just to say I’m still doing it, if nothing else.

Thanks for reading.


Like Mike…

September 4, 2008

… I don’t have a lot to report today. I’m not sure what I might have to blog about daily. Unlike Mike, I can’t even post a recipe. I’ll try and think of something more substantial than this as a general rule, though. I’m just a bit under the weather today, but wanted to say something.

I was given some advice on how to manage the pain in my tail bone. I’ll start doing that tomorrow. If it works, I may not buy a yoga mat at all. Which is good because I’m broker than a… broken… thing.

Allergy medicine kicking in. Must be going…


Ouch!

September 2, 2008

I’m definitely going to need a yoga mat or something. Right now, I’m using a blanket on the (carpeted) floor, and that’s just not enough cushion. When I’m on my back, it hurts my tail bone, and my knees definitely can’t take it.

Otherwise, it’s going well so far. I’m not quite as flexible as Rodney Yee (I know, shocker) but he cautions against forcing it, so I stretch only as far as I’m comfortable. My range of motion should increase as I continue doing the exercises.

I haven’t had nearly as much pain since my first session yesterday (I’ve completed today’s as well) but I think it’s unlikely that it’s a result of just two yoga sessions. It could be that I’m just having better days, which isn’t unusual. It hasn’t been raining and the sun is back out. That usually helps. Of course, that’s not to say that the yoga definitely didn’t help at all. I’ll wait and see what the longterm effects will be. If nothing else, I feel good just for having done it.

I do feel a little achy, but it’s the kind of muscle aches one might experience when beginning any exercise program, rather then the usual pain I have as a matter of course.

That’s all I have to report for now.


Thirty Days With Rodney Yee

September 1, 2008

I have chronic pain. Some days are better than others, but I hurt every day, to some degree. Without going into detail about my condition, I will say that many people with the same condition have reported a decrease in pain as a result of doing yoga exercises.

For my thirty day experiment, I will begin a daily yoga routine under the guidance of Rodney Yee via VHS (yes I still have a few of those and even a VCR). I will report my progress every day. If I have the same great results others have experienced, I will continue doing the exercises beyond the thirty day experiment.

Thanks for following along.