Post Edited (+Lyme) : 6/21/2009 9:52:37 AM (GMT-6)
My mother and her 84 yr old friend, LOVE their yoga classes. They found an instructor that is very kind and very helpful for them. My mother has scoliosis (tho not as severe as mine) and so there are certain yoga exercises that she cannot do. But she has worked this out between her Dr and her instructor. And her Dr gave her specific back exercises to do.
My mother should be an inspriration to all. Nearly 20 yrs ago, she almost died from whatever the heart disease was that the lady in 'Beaches' died from. Twice she has had the major surgery, replacing the Y artery in her lower torso, into the legs. When she was recovering from the latest surgery, she was in an auto accident that broke her hip. It set her way back (she had just worked up to walking 3 miles per day). But she came back. She learned to swim when she was in her 50s.
With the settlement money from the accident, my father put in a pool because at that time he said being in a pool was the only time my mother was not in pain. (had been going to the Y) They have a huge, beautiful pool, built on the side of a low mountain in NC. They spend a lot of money heating it, to make the season longer and because my mother can't get into cold water. This pool has been, I believe, a life prolonger for both my parents. It keeps the kids and grandkids coming over, they all play volley ball in there, and it is so good for everyone's infirmaties.
My mom is a lay minister in her church. She visits the sick and the widowed. She says often she does not want to get out of bed, but she is afraid to stop going, for fear she won't ever get up. Her diet is almost perfect and she drinks her one glass of wine per day. (also does the gin and raisins for arthritis) I think she looks maybe 65. Right now, she is at the beach w/ my sisters and a passle of grandkids. She is basking in the sun, going from the beach to the pools w/ the grandkids, and digging in the sand w/ the little ones. She is having a blast and all the kids want to be w/ her. She will then be up late, playing games in the room, making eveyone laugh. Then she'll get up early to walk on the beach.
Inspiration --- she is mine. I need to try harder!
Gretchen, sorry, I forgot to say about the yoga. It has helped her posture a LOT. And I have a younger sister who has had weight problems all of her life. At one time, she was bulimic, but then just became almost obese. She didn't go onto a 'diet', but cut all sugar out of her diet. (not to the point of reading labels, just no pop or sweets) and started taking yoga.
Her weight is still dropping, she looks fantastic and firm, most of all HER PERSONALITY AND ATTITUDE have taken a HUGE turn for the better. I had thought she was plain neurotic, but now her outlook and her attitude are fantastic and she claims it is all in the yoga. I hope to get into it soon!