I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming (a.k.a. The Consultation pt 3) to bring you this:
So, two things – my very first day doing yoga EVER, my teacher tried to get me into this half split pose… it.was.not.going.to.happen! I had no core strength, no muscle stamina, nothing! Well, yesterday during our lesson we tried it again… and I DID IT! Not only did I do it, but I held it! I am noticing that things that I really struggled with a month ago are suddenly seeming easier, I feel stronger. I am more aware of how I breathe throughout the day. My posture is improving and I am just feeling more engaged with my body than I have in the past. That, my friends, is called progress 🙂
The second thing is this – For the past few months, probably about 5 or so, I have been in pain. Throughout the day I would feel pain in my back/hips/legs or any combination of those three. More often than not I would have to take Ibuprofen or Gabapentin (prescription nerve pain med from a past accident) in order to be able to sleep through the night. Even with those medications I would still feel pain and would often wake up in the middle of the night – and yes, I tried physical therapy, I tried massage, I tried lots of stuff – I would toss and turn or just give up and get up for a while because I was miserable. Well, last night I felt NO PAIN!!!! Nothing! At first I thought maybe I had just found the magical position and was so scared to move… but then I did move… I went from side to side and onto my back… and there was no pain!
I was so happy, I almost cried. In fact, I woke my girlfriend up to tell her… sidenote: Layla is definitely WAY more patient than I am!… I was worried it would wear off during the night, but it didn’t I woke up pain free. I truly think this is a side effect of yoga!
Guys, I am so happy right now! Lets hope this is a trend in the right direction!