So i said i had a bit more to mention about yoga in another post i made today so this is the continuation. So far i have started to really enjoy Yoga and i look forward to it in the morning. Some days i am late for work because i feel it is important to take the time to relax and recenter. Plus the cool thing is that you dont have to bust your ass and sit on your head to take advantage of the flows. All can be modified to basically do what your body can do.
I said in the other post today that i have been noticing the changes in my body not during a yoga flows but while i am doing things that are totally unrelated. Example — walking the dog and looking behind me. This was pretty crazy but i looked behind myself about 1.5 weeks into the yoga and realized my head had a way bigger range of motion. I could actually turn my head back more. Yeah, i know it probably sounds stupid but my work/life style basically has 1 range of motion and that is look forward @ a computer screen, lol. Gaining neck mobility is pretty damn sweet. There are lots of other things such as while just walking i feel as though stability in my legs and feet has increased dramatically. Only way i can explain it is as if each step roots into the earth just a tiiiiny bit, rather than on top of it.
This is the greatest benefit of all; i have had TMJ for who knows how long. TMJ is short for temporomandibular disorder and basically is like chronic pain in your jaw. Some people get headaches from it, some people can’t even eat. I was never anywhere close to that, but i had a slight bit of tension/pain in there, especially on my left jaw joint. Now its like non-existant. I mean literally gone… as i type this i am trying to tweak my neck and jaw around to see if i can feel it and there is no discomfort.
Last of all, as i mentioned my life style is very computized and this takes it toll on the back. Days when i skip yoga my back aches. Days when i DO the yoga.. it feels fine. There are a lot of core exercises in some of the flows that are effortless but when i do them its CLEAR that those movements are undoing the knots in my back and targeting the specific area of pain. This picture i have below shows “bridge pose”, and that one specifically has REALLY opened up my lower back. It looks tough i guess but it is very easy and if you cannot do the full motion, try doing just a half or less.
Illustration of Bridge Pose
All in all, i am Really happy with my decision to give yoga a shot.