I’d like to say that was me on the cover of that magazine but I am afraid it is not. The cover models always pose so spectacularly – and they look glamorous as well. Moreover, they are stretching their bodies into fantastic shapes – and smiling while they are doing it!
However, I have got a lot out of this magazine. Fortunately my local library has about three years’ worth in storage, although none of them are current. I have been puttering away at yoga for four years now but never did it very intensively until this winter. I live far away from any classes so have learned everything from books and the back numbers of this magazine. I dowse with the pendulum to find out which exercises are most beneficial to me. Recently, I started to have a sorer-than-usual knee. I simply asked Penny which of the exercises was the culprit and soon solved that problem. Yoga Journal has a good website, too: www.yogajournal.com.
Home Practice versus a Class
One surprising article I read recently assumed that most people were too frightened to do a home practice; that they always had to go to a class. In 4 years I have been to one class only, and that one a couple of months ago. The instructor said I was doing not too badly considering I am 63 and have fibromyalgia.
I will never achieve the kind of poses they put on the covers but for yoga that doesn’t matter. Yoga is very much an individual practice and I feel it has helped tremendously to stave off the terrible stiffness of fibromyalgia. I just hope I have the time to do it after I fly into my summer resort, Nuk Tessli. (The ice is still on the lake and I won’t be able to get in for a while.)
I’ve taken out a number of books from the library as well but found only scraps of help in them. Most books devote a page or two to beginners then launch into stuff that is beyond me.
Then I found Easy Does It Yoga by Alice Christensen. The exercises were designed specifically for people with physical disabilities (including age) and I think it absolutely the best book for beginners or people like me with a lifetime’s bad posture. Many exercises can be done while sitting in a chair. Others while lying on a bed.