Returning to Yoga Class

I started doing yoga in the early 1990’s and continued for well over a decade. During this time, it helped improve my flexibility, strength, and reduce my pain. In the early 2000’s, when my wrist pain increased and I had no diagnosis, I stopped doing yoga, just in case I was increasing the damage to my wrists. At that time, I was concerned I may have a degenerative disease or had done some damage that was not healing properly. Now that I know that my diagnosis does not include anything that will cause my wrist function to deteriorate, I am taking a more active approach in managing my wrist issues.

Well, earlier this week, I decided it was time to get back in to yoga. The gym I belong to has a half-hour Vinyasa yoga class that I had been considering for a few weeks. I finally put it on my calendar and made the time to go.

I was amazed at how much of my strength and muscle I had lost over the last few years. I still do a lot of walking and a little weight-lifting, but by the end of the class my muscles were cramping and starting to shake. I stayed at the first level for most of the poses, knowing that I needed to start out slow. While my wrists had a lot of weight on them during the class, I took the time to stretch them out and give them a little break now and again.

I went into the class with very achy wrists and even fingers (and a backache to boot). Thirty-minutes later, I was a little tired but I felt amazing! The pain in my wrists had dulled, my fingers no longer ached at all, and the backache had gone away. The stress I had been feeling that morning had lessened significantly and I was much more relaxed. I can’t believe I had waited so long to return to doing yoga. Now, a few days later, I’m a little sore, but I will be going back regularly.

I am looking forward to building back my strength, which will help to support my ligaments and ultimately reduce the amount of pain I feel in my wrists and other areas. By writing this post, I am hoping this will hold me accountable. Like most of you, I have a very busy life, and I tend to make excuses that there is something else I should be doing in my free time. But if the first class back to yoga made me feel that good, then it needs to be a requirement for me.