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So I've been not-so-good with the updating the last couple weeks and I've missed a couple of birthdays. So happy belated birthday wishes to alanao and zandras_court and anyone else I missed. And happy birthday today to pookha.

My back pain continues to be an ongoing saga. The prednisone the orthopede prescribed helped a lot, as did the stretching exercises the physical therapist assigned. The therapy itself just consisted of electro-whatever where they hook some electrodes to my back and I got to lay on a heating pad for twenty minutes and read a book while they ran a mild electric current through me. Kinda weird feeling, but not exactly uncomfortable. Don't know how much it actually helped, but I did get better enough to discontinue the therapy. But then I had more allergies, and sneezing made it bad all over again, which could possibly mean I have a herniated disc--which is apparently hard to diagnose and I don't have some of the common symptoms, so maybe I don't, but it doesn't really matter that much because there's nothing more to be done for it than what I've been doing anyway. So bleh.

But I did go to my first yoga class today. Most of ya'll probably don't know me well enough to know what a momentous event this is. I don't do classes. I don't talk to strangers. I don't join or participate or get involved. I don't exercise in front of people. However, this whole back thing finally forced me to take drastic measures. So I called a nearby yoga studio and dropped in for a beginner's class today. And it wasn't bad at all. In fact, I think I really liked it.

Don't get me wrong it was totally intimidating at first and I was pretty much petrified. But once we actually got started I sort of forgot all of that and got into and had a pretty good time. I was surprised by how much the yoga I'd done at home with DVDs seemed to have prepared me, though. I actually felt like my form was pretty good, and if it hadn't been for the limitations of my back I'd have been doing most of the postures with no real trouble at all.

The only bad part was during the relaxation at the end, the instructor put on a CD of some dude reciting poetry over new-agey music, only the dude sounded just like Mickey from Doctor Who. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the poem actually had the word "effulgent" in it and I just about freaking lost it and started giggling right there in the middle of corpse pose (and only the Buffy/Angel freaks among you will truly understand why).

My back feels a lot better now though, so hopefully I didn't do anything to make it worse. I tried to be pretty careful and not strain to hard, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow. Assuming I haven't accidentally crippled myself or anything, I'm going to try going twice a week from now on. Look at me, going to yoga class!


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Jun. 19th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Effulgent... snicker.

Yoga is great, hope it will help you. I've been practicing it for a few years. It was the first thing that helped with my chronically tense back muscles, after I tried all kinds of sports. Now I'm combining Yoga and Pilates, that's even more effective, but the Yoga alone already worked wonders.

Plus, I always feel relaxed and refreshed after a Yoga class, no matter how wiped I felt before.
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
My yoga studio offers a class that a sort of pilates/yoga hybrid that I'm going to try when I feel like my back's a little stronger. I'm afraid to do anything too intensive yet, but eventually I'll definitely want to do some pilates-type work to strengthen my core and hopefully prevent re-injury.
Jun. 26th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
ah, I just saw this comment in my inbox and remembered I was meaning to reply. I did the Yoga/Pilates mix for a while, mostly because the studio I was a member of at the time didn't offer anything else. If you have a choice, I'd definitely go for either a separate yoga class, or pilates, if possible both. Could be that it was my teachers's fault (though she was a pretty good tae-bo teacher); it was my impression the two systems don't mesh that well.

Hope you don't mind my throwing in my two cents... in the end it only matters what you feel most comfortable with.
Jun. 19th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, hon! We've missed you around here!

Ah, herniated discs. Yes, they are no fun. I have three bulging discs in various states of degeneration so I suffer through back pain every day too. I absolutely love going into PT just to get stim. Usually it was after a half hour of exercises so then I would just fall asleep. It was wonderful.

Over the years I've done yoga and pilates and both are amazing with strengthening by back. Yoga is great for stretching and pilates is fabulous for building up my core. I have learned the modifications over the years (but have been able to do the original moves after getting stronger) and know my limits. Just always remember to pull your navel to your spine anytime you want to move...anywhere. :) If you keep that there, it will help immensely.

Call me anytime to chat more!
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Jeez, darling! I knew you were suffering from back pain but I had no idea the extent of what you've been dealing with. I've figured out the navel trick and it's been helping enormously. I'm hoping mine will heal now that I finally have a better understanding of what's wrong with it and what I need to do to take care of it.
Jun. 19th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Micky saying efulgent would make me loose it.
Jun. 20th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Do you think Mickey would even know what effulgent means?
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure he wouldn't. Which just made it funnier, because it sounded like Mickey, only all pretentious-sounding and reciting bad poetry.
Jun. 19th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Look at you, goin' to yoga class! Wheee! I'm proud of you!
Jun. 20th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so proud of you! Do you promise the class-going wasn't horrible? Because I'm not sure I believe you--all the joining and whatnot sounds scary. You should be as proud of you as we are. And I'm glad it helps your back, too!

Can you bring an iPod or something to have your own music during relaxation? Because the new agey stuff would make me tense. Perhaps effulgent was meant to make you giggle, thus cutting the treacle? Perhaps not...
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
I promise it was not horrible. The worst part was the waiting around for the class to start while everyone else filed in. But once the class started I was concentrating so much on doing the exercises that I totally forgot to be self-conscious. And the people in the class really were of all different skill and fitness levels so I didn't feel like a total loser in room full of limber supermodels.

The new agey stuff was only during the cool-down at the very end, and while it didn't exactly help my relaxation, it did keep me from being bored. During the rest of class she had music playing, but it was so quiet I couldn't even hear it.
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