I am not a yogi (yet) OR back pain stinks

It has been awhile since I last wrote on my blog. Ooops. Work has been great but very busy!

(Warning: a little bit of a rant follows)

While I took some time away from my computer, I thought it might be a good idea to try a yoga class. One of my intentions for 2014 was to move my body more. I am not getting any younger.

There was a time in my life that I practiced yoga regularly. Somehow, it was at least 12 years since I last took a yoga class. I found a studio near my home, paid for the class ahead of time (there was no better way to make sure that I got to the class), and tentatively walked into the room. People were extremely friendly at the studio. The class wasn’t too crowded. When the teacher arrived I made sure to tell her that it had been at least 12 years since my last yoga class and welcomed any pose correction or guidance.

Fast forward 75 minutes or so…

I made it through the class and while I did not do every single pose (that child’s pose is my friend), I was proud of myself and my body felt good. I felt my posture improved, that I’d lengthened my spine, all of those things one might feel after a good yoga class.

Fast forward to the next morning…

I could barely move. My lower back feet like someone had taken a baseball bat and hit me repeatedly but there is no visible bruising. Apparently I’d over done it.

A week later I’ve taken OTC medication, stretched regularly, and had a massage. I’ve been walking nearly every day and trying to move a bit more gingerly. My back was starting to feel more normal and then I went to the gym this morning to walk and ride the bike and thought maybe I’d try a weight machine or two. No go. I’ve over done it again.

Now accepting any and all suggestions to relieve back pain and tips for how to go back to yoga a little more slowly (she writes while laying on her back with her feet elevated and the laptop situated for typing).

About rabbisteinman

I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.
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