TGIF! The last few Fridays my training schedule has been light. The change is lovely, and I have used this free time to attend yoga classes.
Recently, I have been taking a variety of different classes. My goal is to try to take yoga without competing with myself so that I can remain uninjured.
I said to a friend today, explaining my competitive nature, “I enjoy the classes, but I feel like I am not working hard enough.” She laughed and could relate, reassuring me that I am doing the right thing for my body.
We stayed after class and talked for a while about our aging bodies and minds. We talked about being disappointed even sad with our changing bodies. The advice was positive. My friend advised me that once I begin to accept the changes, I will feel great.
It was also nice to discuss our permanent injuries, knowing that another dancer has gone through similar issues. Additionally, she is a friendly, kind woman.
I think once I move through the transitional years, ( I am referring to the many changes that have occurred throughout the last three years) that I will be an even stronger woman.
Back to yoga
This week, I successfully listened to my body! I didn’t overdo it. Today, I have tight muscles, stiffness in my neck. Because I took it easy, I am not in pain for the rest of the evening.
I eliminated yoga poses that would put unnecessary stress on my neck and head. Moving through a Vinyasa was one of the elements I removed after warm-up, Sun Salutation A, and B. During Sun A, and B, I chose to do Chaturanga Dandasana, (plank moving to the floor) on my knees. Throughout the rest of class, I chose restorative poses, like Balasana (child’s pose) and supported Setu Banda Sarvangasana (bridge pose).
I would like to hear from you about your experiences changing up your workout/ practice due to aging and injuries. We can help each other through the tough times. Also, tell me about the positive changes that came about from your modifications.