Health, Yoga Practice

Can yoga cure the plague?


Yes, yes. An exaggeration, I know. But I really did feel like I was suffering from some deathly ills the past few days. When I get sick, I usually get hit with an upper respiratory disturbance and a sore throat. Whatever got me this time had me curled up in bed, piling extra blankets on top to stay warm while simultaneously burning up with a fever and clutching my brain to stop it from firing off shooting pains.

My body has been so wrecked since the end of pregnancy, thanks to sciatica and now almost 8 months of nursing and pumping. My head is permanently at chin-to-chest, and my neck muscles are about to give out. So add 3 days of bed rest to that and “feeling bad” is kind of an understatement.

When Mother’s Day rolled around, I was happy that most of my symptoms had subsided. The plague had lifted! My stiff body was all that was left, and I knew I needed to get on my mat.

The room at the studio was nice and warm when I entered. It felt like a much-needed hug. I took my forward folds gently and bent my knees for downward dog. I didn’t bother to go into full twists. I treated my practice with kindness in hopes that it would help my muscles and joints get the movement and blood circulation that I desperately needed. And it helped tremendouly.

When 90 minutes was up, I felt amazing. I still had remnants of my cold, but this was a complete turn-around from the plague.

So can yoga cure the plague? Maybe. It certainly helped me, at least. I finished a book called The End of Illness by David Angus not too long ago, and one of the things he talked about was keeping as much to a regular schedule – even if you’re ill – because your body likes consistency. And while I could hardly crawl myself to the bathroom when I was sick, I’m glad I made my way to my mat when I could.

Take it easy, of course. But try it out the next time you’re not feeling well and let me know if yoga cured the plague for you too.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...