“This spring when working in the garden, I noticed with some concern that I had lost both strength and energy, as compared to the previous year. My feet felt heavy as they shuffled along, and my posture was slouchy. Both shoulders and a hip were painful, which interfered with walking, sleeping and well-being. I felt older than old, and I realized it wasn’t going to get better unless I committed to a daily routine of yoga exercises that would treat and integrate these complaints of old age. As they say, when the student is ready the teacher will appear.
With gentle yoga therapy exercises and attention to detail, Allison worked with me on retraining and strengthening the muscles involved with lower back, hip and shoulders, including standing and walking correctly. Of course, these core exercises are repeated daily at home, and I have found it easy to weave the exercises into my daily routine. Before the 10 week program ended I was already experiencing less pain and able to sleep through the night without the hip pain waking me up. I could climb a flight of stairs or rise from a seated position without pain and weakness in the hip. I discovered greater flexibility through the shoulders. The core muscles have grown stronger, which gives me better support, posture and balance. Once again I’m able to enjoy gardening for longer periods of time, and should there be stiffness and tweaks afterwards, I’ve learned the specific exercises to release that tension. My feet are lighter, my well-being brighter; in fact, I feel younger than old. A wonderful gift that conserves independence!” — Mary Mariast
Update from Mary: “Now, a year later, I am very pleased to say that I’m back digging in the garden with energy, flexibility and endurance, and without pain. Not wanting to lose what I had gained through Allison’s patient instruction, I continued practicing the yoga therapy exercises, often rereading the detailed instructions Allison had printed out for me. I am still amazed that these gentle exercises have worked to reduce pain and increase flexibility and balance. I am deeply grateful to Allison for her wisdom and guidance in setting me on a path to well-being.“