I hurt my neck in a minor car accident. I was suffering from mild whiplash with reduced mobility of the left side. My medical doctor referred me to physical therapy, which reduced the pain but not the everyday stiffness and tension headaches. To complicate the injury, I carry my stress in my shoulders, which tightened the muscles that were trying to heal. When I mentioned starting yoga to my physical therapist, he encouraged me to go as a means to strengthen my back, which would take the pressure off the muscles in my neck. Anthony's classes provided so much more. I learned through postures and relaxation methods to let go of the tension in my shoulders, which enabled my neck to heal. I also learned to listen to my body and recognize what it needed, feeling the difference between the pain from a stressful day and the pain from the injury. Today my neck is fully recovered. Without the ability to relax that I learned through yoga, I know I would still be suffering from a slow, painful recovery. I've been attending yoga classes at the OM Yoga Studio for about 4 months. The classes have taught me to how to be aware of and feel balanced in my body. I recently decided to try climbing at an indoor climbing gym. At first, I was a little intimidated as I watched experienced climbers move gracefully up the walls. However, once I got on the wall, I found that I knew my body was capable of moving my foot up to a hold situated at shoulder height. I also have an awareness of my balance on the wall, knowing if I have a good handhold to make certain moves or if I need to adjust my body first. Had I tried climbing before I started yoga, my experience would have been drastically different. While yoga has strengthened my body, the understanding and acceptance of myself and my body is the greater benefit.
Cecelia M., Anthropologist and Research Scientist