I started doing yoga years ago. Where I worked offered work out classes and one of the classes was yoga for your back.
What?! Oh my! I must give this a try, especially since I have back pain due to my scoliosis. I’m still not super flexible when it comes to my torso, but I have good core strength. I was sad for about a year because I had to give it up because of back surgery — herniated disk sitting on my spinal cord; which I don’t think yoga would have or could have fixed.
I don’t do that hot yoga, Bikram. I don’t like the heat. I don’t like the humidity. I don’t find it relaxing. It’s hard for me to breath. I got nauseated and was about to hurl. Got dizzy and almost passed out. People kept telling me you’ll get used to it. Ah yeah. No. I can safely say, I have knocked Bikram yoga off my bucket list. Not that it was ever on there to begin with.
It’s a great complement to a workout. I actually plan my workouts around yoga class. Sounds a little obsessive? It is.
Why am I so grateful for yoga? When I first started it, the muscles in my back were super tight and the instructor said that the muscles in the worst part of the curve may have atrophied. Yeah right. I asked my orthopedist and he said it’s possible. Anyway, since I’ve been doing yoga there is a little more flexibility in my torso. I’ve gained everything yoga claims you’ll gain:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- The maintenance of a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
I recommend it to anyone looking for a low impact workout.