I needed an ally. Dawn and my eldest daughter Anna joined me for the second week, surely this would be enough motivation. It could have been the climate change (England is freezing), the jet lag, the small space or yoga mats, but I think it was the massive belly full of meat pies, sausages, bacon, custard slices and English chocolate that tipped the balance. My mother likes to make sure we are well fed. Last time I went to England I did not have chance to sample the beer either. A real cultural faux-pas which I did my best to correct on this trip.
My older sister has been having trouble with her back recently. Pinched nerves causing sciatic pain in her legs amongst other symptoms. I have a similar condition, Darwin strikes again, my solution has been Yoga. So of course my suggestion is to try a few Yoga poses. Dave, her husband is roped in too. “So he can remember the moves if I forget” is Kim’s excuse. Dave a well built truck drive gives me look that suggests this is still not my finest hour. Neither Kim or Dave have stretched, in the yoga sense, probably since school gym class. I am not sure who was more surprised, me or them at how much their bodies has stiffened up. I don’t think a 90 minute vinyasa flow session is going to work here:).
I needed something effective and quick to practice, that would hit the major areas that needed “loosening”. Namely hamstrings for general back pain relief and spinal twists to help degenerating bones from fusing and pinching the nerves. Something where they could feel it was making a difference fast.
So here is Old Moon Yoga’s answer to general back pain for people who don’t do yoga, lots of twists.
- Starting in Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
- Arhta uttanasana
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)
- Parivrrtta parsvakanossana
- Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)
- Parivrrtta Prasarita Padottanasana (Twisted Wide-Legged Forward Bend)
- Thread the needle (what is the sanskrit for this one?)
- Mermaid pose
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half lord of the fishes)
- Reclined twist
Note the absence of back strengtheners. Let’s see if this works then I will introduce these more intense poses.
So I did get to teach a little yoga whilst on vacation. Clearly not enough though as during my packed Saturday morning I managed to tweak a neck muscle. I was on the little stage at the time desperately hoping that no one would notice my rapid transformation into something resembling Frankenstein’s monster. Looking left or right had become a whole upper body movement so as not to twist the neck. I feel the pain of my relations on the UK, I feel my own pain. That will teach me, no more meat pies and pasties for a while, better lay of the beer too. At least until my next trip to England.