My Aching Back!

Recently my middle back started hurting. To be honest, I’d probably be a candidate for a spinal transplant if there were such a thing.

Growing up, I rode hunters and jumpers. When a horse stops before a fence, there is no where for the rider to go but forward. So, I can proudly say, I have gone over the head of a horse more times than I can count.

I didn’t think anything of if when I was young. It was almost a badge of honor and it was part of the learning process to make me a better rider. However, in my older years the pain of those falls has come back to haunt me. My neck when xrayed looks like I have had multiple head trauma’s. I have lost the “S” shaped curve to my neck. My middle back, or thoracic area has a small curve to it, or scoliosis, which complicates things greatly. I have two herniated discs in my lumbar, or lower back from lifting things too heavy and not bending my knees.

My lower or lumbar section of my back is an entire topic in itself. When I was 27 years old I fell down a flight of stairs at my apartment complex. It was raining, I was late for work, and I was I heels and my foot slipped. I got up, brushed myself off and on to work I went. It wasn’t until I drove home from work, later that day, that I could not swivel my hips to get out of my car. That injury turned me on to chiropractic care for the first time, and it helped tremendously. But, I was young and quit going after a short while and never went back to a chiropractor for 25 years.

No, I do not live on pain pills. Ocassionaly I will take some ibuprofen and an ice pack if it gets really painful. Chiropractic care works wonders, but it took me 15 years to find a doctor who didn’t pop and crack. Most of my issues are in the connective tissue, the facia, so I respond better to a doctor who manipulates the soft tissue. I drive literally across town and it is an hour and a half out of my day to visit my now chiropractor, but it’s worth it. I still need to make the commitment to go at least once a month, but unless I’m hurting, truth be told, I blow it off.

When my youngest child started college, and I was an empty nester, I was looking for hobbies to fill my time. Yoga had always fascinated me so I found a studio and visited my first class. Wow! I was hooked! Yoga transformed my body. It allowed my connective tissue to soften, thus allowing my skeletal system to open and expand. You see, as we get older, our connective tissue hardens which compresses our bones, vertebrae, muscles and tendons. Yoga unravels the connective tissue, the largest organ in our body.

So, yoga has not only saved me from surgery, but it has saved me from the pain that would be associated with most of my injuries. It has saved my quality of life. I am so very grateful for the healing it has given me and the freedom to move and do the things in life that keep me going.

I probably sound like a broken record to my friends. I’m always preaching the benefits of yoga training, but very few, if any, will listen or take my advice. Why is that? Most would rather undergo the knife that take a one hour class twice a week.

Is it their religious views that keep them from trying something that is not really tied to religion? Do they think chanting OM is going to somehow send them to eternal damnation? Do you even understand how sound also heals the body as well as certain vibrations that set the cells and microbes in geometric order. This is why we chant. Not to invoke some invisible demon. Yoga does incorporate sound into it’s practice, but that is because sound also has healing properties. Think of how your body responds to listening to heavy metal as opposed to a beautiful sonata. Are you aware your body responds to sounds differently?

Yoga also incorporates meditation. And I am well aware there are those who feel for some reason that meditation is alien to the fundamentals of Christianity. Meditation, in my mind, is the simple act of going within. Quieting our thoughts so that we can give God the opportunity to speak to us, guide us and partake his peace and love and blessings into our spirit and soul. To build us up, to heal us in ways that only the Almighty can do. When one meditates, you can meditate on whomever you recognize as God in your life. Yoga does not judge.

This is why yoga has so many healing benefits to so many different facets of humanity. Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, we can all benefit from meditation respective of our different religions. God, is God, is God. And I believe that God resides in each of us, as us. We are created in His image so we therefore share in His attributes, which reside in us, as Us. I am not God, but I am God’s child. Just as I am not my mother, buy my mother resides in me, as me. I am separate but I am also one with He who created me.

Namaste simply means, “I bow to the divine that resides in you.”

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