Probably my earliest thoughts about yoga (while I was just a kid in junior high), was that yoga was for hippies or people from India who liked to meditate. But when I got officially diagnosed with scoliosis around 8th grade, a doctor explained that some yoga poses would help my back. At the time school nurses didn’t check students for scoliosis. My grandmother noticed that my back didn’t look right while I was hunched over her kitchen sink washing dishes when I was about 10-11 years old.
I did some yoga for a few years while I was in school, but gave in to many excuses to stop doing it. While I was young I was still pretty flexible..even when I was first diagnosised with scoliosis. Of course it’s easier to twist and bend when you are a 90 pound teenager than as 200 pound old grandma. There are a few poses that are now impossible for me to do because of my shoulders being so twisted in one direction while my lower back is twisted in the opposite direction. Any pose that instantly shoots pain is now a pose that I refuse to do, no matter what some expert claims.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW GOOD THEIR BODY IS DESIGNED TO FEEL.
Fast Forward: I am now 5’2.5″ even though my drivers license still says I am 5’4″. Some doctor in New Hampshire, a few years ago, insisted on measuring me instead of just taking my word for my height. I might have even shrunk more since then, but won’t know that until I go to another doctor and get measured again.
This week my right shoulder has been hurting. My young roommate likes to sleep alot, so to be quiet for her I try to stay in bed more, but then my back will start hurting for hours. Usually I sleep on my side, which means I need a pillow placed between my knees. I change position often enough that the pillow ends up on the floor. So my dilemma…stay in bed over 5-6 hours and hurt all day, or get up in the wee hours of the morning and take a chance of waking her up.
A PHOTOGRAPHER GETS PEOPLE TO POSE FOR HIM, A YOGA TEACHER GETS PEOPLE TO POSE FOR THEMSELVES
I have shared my dorm room with this roommate for over 2.5 months now. Any morning routine that I had, disappeared when she moved in. Time to change that and declare mornings to be “Me Time”. I am done hurting just so someone else can sleep all morning until it’s time for her to clock into work. I am usually awake and having coffee 8-10 hours before I go into work. Yes that’s 8-10 hours that I am awake but feel like I can’t do anything in my room because someone else is sleeping.
YOGA IS NOT ABOUT TIGHTENING YOUR ASS, IT’S ABOUT GETTING YOUR HEAD OUT OF IT.