The Restorative Power of Yoga

English: Vrksasana, the tree position, a Yoga ...
English: Vrksasana, the tree position, a Yoga posture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To me it seemed like a miracle. Practicing yoga restored an ankle injury I sustained from being thrown from my horse. As I explore yoga more deeply, I am convinced of its restorative powers.

For some reason, my horse was nervous that day and bucked me off him. I landed on my right foot and it hurt. Months later it still hurt and I was limping.

My Sweetheart encouraged me to try the men’s yoga session at a studio across the street. I couldn’t object since it was literally across the street on a Sunday morning. So I tried it hoping it would help.

It was challenging for the most part and I could see it being beneficial. However, when it came to doing Tree Pose on my right foot, I couldn’t hold it for more than 5 seconds before the shooting pain made me stop.

I’ve continued attending yoga classes for the last three years. The benefits have been incredible. I can stand in Tree Pose for over a minute now and the pain has disappeared, my ankle rehabilitated. I have become leaner and my abs have started to show up once again.

Yoga provides us aging boomers we need for health; strength, flexibility, aerobic workout and joint friendly activity. These are the same characteristics that are found in the over 40 years of age Olympic athletes. It is what all of us need for maintaining our health.

I was intrigued a while ago with a video that explained the reasons we become stiff. The fuzz among our muscles coagulates and prevents us from moving. By doing regular stretching and strengthening we can remain supple.

Warning this video contains graphic images of cadavers

As I have been pondering further into the wonders of yoga, I’ve come across more and more stories of its restorative powers. Some are quite dramatic:

If in fact an integrated healthy yogic lifestyle can do this for extreme cases, image what it can do for our run of the mill aches and pains. All you need is 30 minutes a day of yoga practice and reasonable nutrition.

My exploration of yoga that began three years ago is deepening. My Sweetheart has developed fibromyaglia which is extremely painful. She has completed a rehab program that emphasizes a balanced and paced approach to health. It is something that yoga offers.

What started as a way to help heal my ankle has broadened to learning more to help my wife. I am undertaking to become a certified yoga instructor. I am convinced of the restorative powers of yoga for continued healthy living.

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