When I was doing Bikram Yoga every week a few years ago, one of the quotes that always stuck with me was something along the lines of If you have a healthy spine, the gods will chase you, and you will have a healthy life. Recently, I’ve been trying to self diagnose myself. Do I have scoliosis or no? There is definitely a small curvature in my spine and when I saw an Xray of it back in March, you could tell it curved to the left. However, last night after talking to my mom who says I was never diagnosed as a small child with scoliosis, I decided the years of muscle imbalance are what is causing my spine to go to the left. That means there’s still hope and I can fix it!
Now, in addition to my meditation every morning, I’m also doing some spine exercises. As I read on a blog post the other day, If it’s important, do it every single day. This is important to so I’m working on it…
The first thing I am including into my day are some alignment exercises. Here is a link to the exercises I am doing. I just started these so I don’t really know how it’s working yet. However, I really think paying attention to my alignment along with continuing to strengthen my right side, will help my spine issues. The other thing I am doing are the yoga poses from the bikram class. Yes, I know you are not suppose to do these out of order from the 26 posture sequence, but I make sure I am completely warmed up before I begin. Also, I go very slow and am careful with my back. The poses that I do are the cobra, locust, full locust, and bow pose. And finally, the last thing I am doing is trying NOT to cross my legs every time I sit down. That one is probably the hardest and I have to constantly remind myself. Oh well, I’m sure I can change this habit soon enough.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. The weather is finally starting to cool down here in NC and it is fabulous! I’m looking forward to some fall running.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,