Some of you may know that I have been plagued with back problems since a freak accident two years ago. During this time, I have had physical therapy to try to help me heal, but after losing my health insurance, I have not been able to keep up with the prescribed program. Disgusted with feeling fragile and weak, and plagued with more aches and pains, I’ve decided to turn back to Yoga.
As luck would have it, a lovely new studio has opened up in my neighborhood, Urban Lily Yoga. owned by Elinore Cohen, a Yoga teacher extraordinaire with over 20 years experience. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been taking Restorative classes with several different teachers. I’ve enjoyed the quiet pace of this practice, less poses – held longer, which open up and remind my body what stretching and exercise is all about. I’ve been sore but definitely feel better.
However yesterday, I finally got up enough nerve to take my first Yoga Blend 1 class with Owner Elinore. The class, a blend of techniques, was definitely more demanding than the restorative sessions, but I broke a sweat and felt like I was duly twisted and stretched closer to health. Elinore knew about my back situation in advance and during the class, she paid close attention to my practice. She made sure that I was always in the proper alignment to insure I would avoid injury and build core strength. It was not easy for me, as my core is very weak and as such, my balance has been compromised, but her attention to making sure I was doing the poses properly, built my confidence and I believe in time, will build my strength. At the end of the class, I was tired in that good way when you know you’ve had a great work out. As I write this, the next day, I am not as sore as I thought I would be and am looking forward to taking more classes with Elinore and her other fabulous teachers soon.
Want to know more about Yoga and how it can help you get back to health? Tune in to my webcast, Life After Kids at 8p ET/5p PT when Elinore will be my special guest, LIVE from Urban Lily Yoga!