Do you remember when you made the transition from the feeling of youthful invincibility to the first time you felt physically vulnerable?
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.
Yours in aging with class,
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.