I had been contemplating starting Yoga for over 5 years before I started at Way to Yoga. I am typically not one to join group classes, preferring to exercise alone. In fact, I even purchased a Yoga DVD a couple of years ago, but found that to be un-motivational and impersonal.
Then, last fall, my chiropractor suggested I practice Yoga to help me with my “lack of flexibility” and to help strengthen my back. After all, I am in my upper 40’s and everything was getting a little more difficult to do! Well, I found out about Way to Yoga, and cautiously signed up for 4 classes. In the back of my mind I had already succumbed to the fact I probably wouldn’t continue. Was I wrong! In fact, after taking 4 classes I was hooked! In the beginning, I was unsteady and “stiff as a board”, but NEVER ONCE did I feel that I was lagging behind the other students. The instructors are exceptional at reminding all of us that we are individuals, to take things slowly, and that at every class to follow your bodies’ cues.
It’s been 8 months now, and I am beginning to feel like a new person. In fact, I recently did a seemingly small task that I haven’t been able to do before. I have an old wind up clock, and when I would wind it up I could not use my right hand (I am right handed). After 2 or 3 turns, my arm would get sharp pains in the ligaments. So for years I’ve been winding this clock with my left, occasionally trying it with my right, but the pain was still there. Well, last month I was winding the clock, and I suddenly realized I was using my right arm!! There was absolutely no pain at all! I am also noticing that I am now consciously and unconsciously adjusting my posture (I’ve been known to be a bit of a sloucher). I am also becoming more flexible, which I notice when I am bending down to pick something up or reaching for an object in a tricky place.
Take it from me, it’s never too late to start Yoga. Like I wrote earlier, I am now hooked and will practice Yoga for the rest of my life.
Thank you Deb Swanson, and all of the instructors at Way To Yoga!