So I know comparing myself to others steals my joy and all of that, but there are days when I read or hear about someone jumping out of bed and going for a run (or something like that) and I think, “my body would break in half if I tried that.”
Doesn’t anyone else wake up stiff and achy? Or is it just me?
Back before I really knew myself, I used to think that “some day” – if I could just get skinny and fit enough – not only would I look like a Supermodel, but also my body would never hurt again. I used to think that it was a flaw in my character that I had aches and pains.
Now I know better. My aches and pains are the result of many things: hormone fluctuations, stress, aging (almost 50!!), having had Lyme disease, various injuries, not taking the time to stretch adequately, sitting too much, and some congenital issues in my sacrum/lumbar spine. And yes, at one time excess weight and lack of movement played a role.
These days I recognize that movement is my friend and I almost always feel better – both long- and short-term – when I move consistently and in a way that works for me (have I mentioned kettlebells ?).
That said, I still wake up stiff and achy. Some days are better than others, but I’ve given up on the idea that one day I will wake up with zero pain.
I haven’t, however, given up on trying to lessen the pain. And over and over again, I have turned to yoga. I’ve tried going to classes and I’ve tried doing DVDs, but was never consistent with it.
Right now, what works best (because it’s consistent!) is taking what I know and cobbling together an informal routine on my bedroom floor as soon as I get out of bed (and after peeing). And more often than not, I do it “half naked” thanks to Josie at Yum Yucky .
Being able to cobble together my own routine is the result of having learned the basics (via the classes and DVDs) and because I was able to let go of the idea that doing yoga had to look a certain way.
Then a few months ago, the folks at Gaiam (yoga central!) reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in trying GaiamTV , a new service that offers “thousands of streaming videos to nourish the mind, body, and soul.” Not only can you view these videos via a television or computer, but also via smart devices like the iPad and iPhone. At any time. As much as you want.
I immediately recognized how well this would fit into my routine. I could view the videos whenever I wanted to learn new stretches, positions, and poses, and then incorporate them as desired, or I could stream them on my iPhone right then and there.
I have just scratched the surface of what GaiamTV has to offer. Besides yoga videos, there are traditional workout videos from Jillian Michaels, The Firm, Leslie Sansone, and more. There are also offerings in other areas, like general wellness, spirituality, metaphysics, and inspirational films and TV (for all ages). The monthly subscription is $9.95 and you can try it free for 10 days.
I can tell you this: my (nearly) daily practice has lessened my pain and I am grateful to have had this tool to help me.
Now for the giveaway! Gaiam is offering a free month of GaiamTV to one of my readers (worldwide) as well as a free (up to $30, U.S. residents only).
To enter, please leave me a comment letting me know which you’d like to win (a free month of GaiamTV or a free yoga mat). I’ll choose winners via random drawing on Monday, July 23.
1) Gaiam provided me with a one-month membership (value $9.95) to GaiamTV and a free yoga mat for purposes of this review. My opinions are my own.
2) I am not a Gaiam affiliate so none of the links in this post are affiliate links.