From Invincible to Vulnerable

Do you remember when you made the transition from the feeling of youthful invincibility to the first time you felt physically vulnerable?

I do.

I was 40 years old.  Single-parenting my two boys.  Driving out of my doctor’s parking lot. In a stressed-out rush.  When I rear-ended a car that rear-ended me.

I was hurrying to be on time to an event at the school where I worked.  All was well.  At least that’s what I thought.

Three days later, my neck was stiff and sore.  How could this be happening to me?  A classic case of whiplash.  I was young, fit, and invincible.  …or so I thought.

I suffered subsequently for sixteen years with neck pain.  Physical therapy and massages didn’t help.  MRIs diagnosed “age-related arthritis.”  All while, I sat behind a desk at work at a computer, which exacerbated the situation.

In my 50s, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome surfaced.  Finally, I couldn’t stand the chronic discomfort in my neck any longer.  It was time to stop working behind a desk and figure out what to do to live a healthier lifestyle.

I applied to massage therapy school, and in the meantime, happened to take a yoga class when for the first time, I felt pain relief in my neck.  Long story short, I decided to bag the massage and trained as a yoga teacher.  Just before my first teacher-training session, however, I threw out my back so badly, I could hardly walk.  My family encouraged me to rest for two weeks, but the yogis recommended I go for the teacher training.  I went with the yogis.  And by the time the training session was over, my back was fine.  Also, since then, the plantar fasciitis has vanished.  And my neck pain ended.  I finally experienced what “the body has its own natural ability to heal” meant.

What a simple solution this was.  Just do yoga.  (BTW, the style I discovered was Svaroopa® Yoga.)  Although aging has made me aware that I am not invincible, at least I don’t feel so vulnerable any longer.

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Yours in aging with class,
Jane

P.S.  If anyone is interested in exploring further, please visit http://www.svaroopayoga.org, and check out the Teacher Resources to find an instructor near where you live, or my own website at http://www.yogainstead.net.

P.P.S.  I’m curious to hear when/if you made the transition from youthful invincibility to feeling more vulnerable; if this is the case, please share what you did to help the situation.  In what way have you become more pro-active?

P.P.P.S.  More on aging injuries…entering a new phase…later.

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8 Responses to From Invincible to Vulnerable

  1. Kathy says:

    Good job! I love the picture of you and Chico too.
    K.

  2. Lia Chasen says:

    People swear by yoga. Very inspiring. Thanks Jane!

  3. Okay, I’m going to go do some yoga now, btw love the photo of you!

  4. Debbie says:

    You exude health and happiness in that photo! Glad you found an answer to your issues!

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