A great way to kickstart a new exercise routine is to join a class or a group. When you are totally out-of-shape and your body is as stiff and rig id as a board, the right group can offer tremendous support, don’t you think?
I was lucky to stumble upon a fragrance free small yoga group held in a home on a cliff above the ocean, allowing for plenty of fresh air. The group practices both Chi Gong (Qigong) and Hatha Yoga. I attended my first session today. The stretching is very challenging for me, especially on one side of my body. The Chi Gong is far easier. Nevertheless, I felt benefit from both.
The breathing practices oxygenate the body and brain, waking you up completely. The stretching and gentle tapping bring blood, vital nutrients, and oxygen to all those areas of your muscles and joints that have been tight and bound up and hence suffering from starvation.
It felt so invigorating. How could I have neglected this aspect of wellbeing for the largest part of my life? It’s never too late to begin again!
At the same time, I felt very sleepy a few hours later. It’s always recommended that those with chronic pain, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome proceed very gradually in any type of exercise program. Toxins can also be released in the process of self-massage, which is one aspect of this approach to yoga, and could also account for the energy dip later in the day. I know I need go lightly! I’m still thrilled to be giving it a try.