Ever since I sprained my Achilles tendon (about 3 months ago now), I've been hobbling about like an old woman, limping, unable to stand in the kitchen for more than a few minutes without having to bend forward clutching the worktop for support. Walking in the field with the dog is a complete No No, the ploughed uneven surface kills my leg and back. My limping awkward posture exacerbates my long term back problem and makes my left hip hurt like hell. I'm fed up with being crippled, having to curtail what I can do, and taking painkillers 3x daily - I don't want to live like that (GP said the tendon could take 3-6 months to heal, and to keep taking painkillers in the meantime).
I know I could go back to the chiropractor (Magic hands Mark) who sorted my back out the last time, I'm sure he could work miracles with my back again and the tendon. But it costs around £40 a visit, and he suggests 2 or 3 treatments a week for 2 or 3 weeks (the cynical part of me says of course he would!). I can't - well, I don't want to - afford that, not now husband is retired. Then I remembered my SiL and a couple of other people I know do yoga - for various reasons - and all swear by it. I googled and found that, not only does it help with physical problems, it also helps relax you, eases stress and helps you sleep - all of which I need help with.
I found out there's a weekly class in our nearest village and emailed the teacher, who sounded lovely when she replied very promptly. To cut a long story short, I went on Tuesday evening for my first (free taster) class. I was worried it would be full of skinny, lithe and supple, lycra clad 20 year olds (although Jayne the teacher had assured me it's not in her email) - thankfully she was right, it's a small class, only about 8 people. They're all middle aged and mostly not skinny, there's even one man (usually 2 apparently, the 2nd was on holiday). And they're all of different abilities....oh, and there was one other newbie starting, a lady of 81!!
I won't deny I found some of it quite hard....I was stretching muscles I didn't even know I had, and getting in positions I never have before. And having big boobs and a fat tummy made some of the poses awkward! But Jayne the teacher was very good, helping me out with suggestions for slightly easier ways of doing things. Everyone was very welcoming and encouraging and I really enjoyed it. I actually slept quite well that night and, although my muscles ached the next day - and today, possibly even more today - the lower back pain I've had constantly every day for the past few weeks has downgraded to mere soreness. I'm also standing taller and straighter, and all this after just one session - amazing. I will definitely be going every week, I've even bought a yoga mat (a lovely purple one). So it's sorting my back pain out, helping me sleep, relaxing and making me more supple (in time!) and is only costing me £5 a week!