A week ago my back gave out on me while I was on a morning walk. In a flash I was frozen in place. I've had back aches and pains before, but never have I experienced a frozen shut back. I was walking with a friend and she offered to walk ahead and get a car. I paused for a moment, getting grounded and then decided to slowly walk back. That slow walk warmed things up and by the time I returned home I was beginning to feel better. (For a closer look at the photo above, click on it.)
My back was still screaming and my range of motion without pain was very limited. I couldn't bear the thought of sitting in front of a computer all day and took a sick day from work. I sat for a while listening to my body.
I decided to pull out one of my Rodney Yee Yoga DVDs - A.M. Yoga for Your Week. What I needed to do were twists and on this DVD there is a routine focused just on twists. It was so hard getting down and up from the floor on that first day, but I could feel my body respond to the gentle stretches. In that moment, I promised my body that I would make time for yoga each day.
Within two short days of doing this 20 minute routine, I've noticed my body going deeper into the stretches and the pain easing up.
About three years ago I was seeing a chiropractor regularly. He taught me a number of exercises. He said, "I know you won't need to come in soon. You are smart, you know what your body needs." That vote of confidence gave me the encouragement to listen to my body last week.
I'm grateful for my screaming back. I haven't been taking good care of my body through movement and exercise. I'm listening now and feeling the difference a little attention and movement can make. I went to a new doctor on Monday for my annual physical. I told him what I did and he smiled and said that it was the right thing to do.
How are you doing with taking care of your body? Are you listening to it?
Today I'm feeling grateful for Rodney Yee for sharing his gift for yoga in his DVDs. I'm also grateful for my body for telling me just what it needs.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler