Knowing that I needed an exercise routine that would get me stretching and moving in ways that would give me a firmer body, in early June this year I was inspired by a talk you gave to my Rotary Club and attended a free Veterans Yoga session. Subsequently, I followed through with the six-week Beginner’s Course and have attended regular basics sessions twice a week ever since. Yoga from the start gives me a mind/body connection that I didn’t know would result, releasing any stress that I didn’t know I had in my life. I feel firmer and am gradually getting more flexible, though at age 73 I don’t compare to those who are younger and have been more athletic in their lives. I have always power-walked several days a week and have done a rudimentary routine at the gym, but Yoga has given me more immediate relief from lingering lower back pain resulting from walking all day on the hard floors of my auction gallery and my overall musculature is firmer. I have also lost weight due to changes in diet, something I attribute to Yoga.
It calms my mind and brings me back to earth!
Veterans often have hidden pains from long past situations, YOGA is that sand-bag bunker in the field of combat that allows you to go for relief and safety of a comfort zone. I guess in the civilian world YOGA is the oasis. If I have trouble sleeping at night, it’s the deep breathing that always works.