Thank you for the comments about yoga, seems several of you have no classes nearby, which is a pity, cost is a factor too. A friend asked me yesterday why I don't go back to the chiropractor, even if just for a couple of sessions, as I'm having so much back pain lately because of my sprained Achilles tendon. Well, it's because for the cost of 2 sessions with the chiropractor, I can have 16 weeks of yoga - no contest! The yoga classes have other benefits too - I enjoy them a lot, the teacher is lovely and it's a fun bunch of like-minded people in the class, we all giggle a lot. I find it really relaxing and stress-relieving, and it's an hour of me time, something I do on my own that's just for me. Much as I love having husband at home now he's retired, it is nice to have a bit of time to myself.
Had my 2nd class last night, we concentrated mostly on upper body/shoulder stuff last night, really stretching our shoulder muscles and opening up our chests (ooerr missus) - consequently, my shoulders today feel like I've been doing windmill actions with my arms for about 12 hours nonstop. Although I do find it quite difficult to do some of the stretches at the moment, I know it will get easier as I practise more and get more supple. I'm already starting to feel the benefits, I'm standing straighter, consciously keeping my shoulders down and am more aware of my posture and breathing. Looking forward to next week!