Over the years I had attended the odd hatha yoga class at various community centres (and even tried hot yoga once). I try to keep fairly active and enjoy hiking, canoeing, skiing and curling. Once I turned 50, I decided to get into yoga on a more regular basis because I wanted to increase my flexibility. And the core exercise certainly wouldn’t hurt! I didn’t want to lose my range of motion and had started to notice more joint pain in my shoulders and knees, mainly from old sports injuries. I tried some physiotherapy and quickly realized that exercise and stretching was the route to strengthening those joints and mitigating the pain.
My wife had found a small, local fitness studio and started taking yoga classes there, so about a year and a half ago I began going with her. Right from the start I found the instructors very conscious of people’s limitations and individual abilities. After a few months of regular attendance, I certainly noticed a big difference with my motion and easing of tension and stiffness in my neck, shoulders, back and hips. I even started golfing again. In addition, I found the deep breathing, relaxation and quieting of the mind inherent in the yoga practice to be a fantastic stress reliever. It really helps with decompressing after a day’s work.
I can see yoga as being a part of my wellness routine for a long time to come. It’s something that you can adapt to your level of fitness, and even if you can’t always attend classes, it’s easy to fit in some of the movements and breathing at the office during short breaks. Even a few minutes of rolling a golf ball under my feet to massage the fascia is great energizer. Try it out!
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