Looks like I’ll be dusting off my mat and limbering up to align my chakras — after reading this article in the Los Angeles Times, I think I’ll be giving yoga a try.
That’s because I haven’t found an exercise or activity that has helped me cope with the physical ravaging and mental draining that comes with the MS territory.
I tend to push myself too hard (big surprise) and pay for it later. Right now my exacerbation has spread to my whole torso and most of my right arm — punishment, I’m sure, for 20 minutes of high-energy modern dancing in my living room I did earlier this week.
Most activities are out:
Walking presents a challenge — I can feel like a worldbeater at the beginning of a 2-mile excursion, but somewhere along the way I tire out. And then what? Hitchhike? Call for help? Hope for a second wind?
Ditto for bike-riding, but oh how I love the Big Dam Bridge and the trails winding to it.
The Wii Fit and other games might be an option, but my balance is really off right now so I would never progress.
Exercise tapes tend to bore me.
Dance used to be my refuge, but that has proven too strenuous, at least for now.
If only there was a low-impact activity that really worked on my core and balance and could help center me, physically and mentally. Ahhhhh, yes. Yoga!
I like this quote I found on one of those silly quote websites (don’t lie, you know you go to them, too!):
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~B.K.S. Iyengar
So I will take his nugget of advice, and then take a deep breath.
The first of many.