I was having difficulty walking without pain. Just a stroll down the block would result in my lower back cramping up. Medical science diagnosed a degenerative disc between L4 and L5 of my lower spine. There was not enough room for the nerves that exit the spinal column at that spot, so they would get inflamed rubbing on the bone and ache really badly. Continued aggravation of the nerves would lead to pain whether walking or sitting. What a lousy life to lead at the age of 52! Medical science could offer me muscle relaxants and pain killers that have unfavorable side effects.
So, off I went to 5 days of yoga.
I found the teachers to be compassionate, understanding and oh, so knowledgeable. I found the poses to be amazingly helpful. There were challenges. In one pose, I thought my leg was going to snap off - really, my tight hips just would not allow my leg to pivot that way. The teachers propped me up on higher blankets, and then even higher blankets. Finally we decided that was just not a good pose for me at the time. (Over time, I have gotten enough release in my spine and hips, and now Seated Side Stretch is one of my favorite poses.)
With each session during the five day Foundations course, my lower back got relief. It would tighten up some over night and I would go back the next day and get more relief. Doing a daily practice since then has decompressed my spine so that now I can do the things I love, pain free. Foundations was one of the greatest gifts I have given myself. I’m sure without Svaroopa® Yoga I would have faced back surgery - and from what I have heard from others who have had surgery, the results are not always as hoped for. Instead of the pain of surgery and huge medical bills I opted for some highly qualified instruction on decompressing my spine. The side effects were a quieter mind, more flexibility overall and a joyful outlook on life.
Stay tuned for additional stories of my comeback from pain to freedom of movement.
Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga will be taught here in Corpus Christ, TX, November 9 - 13, 2017. I highly recommend it for everyone.