Thursday, February 26, 2009

All Hail Yoga!

My neck and shoulders are still stiff and sore from last week's incident when I took on a door frame and lost. As a matter of fact, my neck and shoulders actually seem worse. Go figure this all happens during one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long time. A week full of birthdays, three doctors appointments, Joey's snack week for school (yes, a snack everyday!), more trips to the grocery store than I can count (blasted pregnancy induced memory loss!), mass for Ash Wednesday, an open house, and countless other things filling my days. Doesn't this kind of a thing always happen when you just don't have time for it?


It has been over a week and a half and I am not getting much sleep and I have had a constant head ache for the last three days. I did go to the chiropractor last Friday to make sure I didn't do major damage but my muscles are still all whacked out. Even Todd's super terrific backrubs are not doing the trick. It is craziness.


It has gotten to the point where I have started to dread bedtime. It seems the pain intensifies when I'm laying down for an extended period of time. I've tried just about everything. Oh, what I wouldn't give for some Ibuprofin!!!


Last night before bed my headache was getting pretty bad and I knew I wasn't going to be able to sleep. I decided to get out my prenatal yoga DVD, since I could actually turn my head from side to side for once, and see if the stretches and relaxation would help at all. By the time I was done with the video (though I only did portions of it) my headache was much better. And last night I slept better than I have in over a week. It was so exciting.


And more than that, I woke up this morning without a headache! Yahoo!


All praise yoga! Maybe I'll start a new routine of a half hour of yoga before bedtime. It was awesome. Here's hoping it works again tonight!

25 comments:

Mom24 said...

Yeah! That is really something to celebrate. Hope the headaches stay away.

Shauna said...

That is great news! ♥ Hugs :)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

That is so awesome! I may have to try yoga before bedtime too. I've been having a terrible time sleeping. I may finally have to break out the Wii Fit.

;-O

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I've ramped up my yoga practice to 2 times a week--it helps my back and headaches in SO many ways! Glad it's working for you.

Megan said...

Have fun with the yoga! David, my husband, is catholic--he's giving up candy! He asked what I was giving up for Lent, and I said "nothing, i'm Baptist!"

wright said...

That's good to hear!

Do you have any DVDs that you like for getting in shape after the baby is born???

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Good good!
Yoga seems to do wonders for everyone!

Dysd Housewife said...

Just found your blog and I love it :) Will be adding it to my blogroll. Glad you got some relief!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Headaches are no fun . . . but yoga is. Even better when it erases the pain. I enjoyed a Swedish massage last evening -- my daughter calls it "homework," I call it "WONDERFUL"!
: D

Dawn said...

That's great that the yoga is working for you. What a time to be feeling crummy. I did a pregnancy yoga DVD when I was pregnant with my son and it really helped me. I'm still doing yoga...love it!

Momisodes said...

That is great news! I'm so glad it helped last night. You certainly deserve and need some rest during such a busy week. Crossing my fingers it continues to do the trick!

Trooper Thorn said...

If you want to take your yoga to the next level and really go to bed exhausted, try the Bikram (hot) yoga. 90 minutes of that feels like surviving an MMA tournament.

Chrissy said...

Sure hope it works! Snack week sucks. Mine is coming up in March. Dread.

Kelly said...

If yoga does the trick, keep it up!! I started yoga years ago and had always been having recurrent pain in between my shoulder blades and sometimes in my neck. Yoga helped alleviate a lot of that. It's been awhile since I've done it and I'm anxious to get back to the classes at the Y.

sounds like a crazy week for you. I'm sure a good night of sleep helps. Hopefully you'll continue to feel better. (is your open house this weekend?? good luck!)

Kristen said...

So sorry that you have been feeling so crummy. And yes, a great night's sleep is worth more than gold.

Here's to more awesome YOGA!!

imbeingheldhostage said...

I hope it works for you! Have you tried swimming?

Hilary said...

Good going. I hope you continue to heal and that the yoga does its thing for you. Stress might juuuust have a wee bit of a role in your slow healing.

Kat said...

Wright- I usually don't like workout DVDs. They all seem pretty lame. I wouldn't mind finding a good dance workout but I just can't seem to find one that uses good music and actual dance moves instead of lame dance moves. I'm a total exercise/dance snob. ;) I'm sure I'll just get back in to running after baby comes.

Imbeingheldhostage- I love swimming. I just don't get to do it much anymore. I need to do exercises that I can do at home while the boys are sleeping. I don't have the time or babysitters to workout at the gym on a regular basis so that is why I usually stick to running or yoga.
Besides, my neck and shoulders were so messed up I could barely turn my head. I definitely would not have been able to go swimming. ;)

tweetey30 said...

Yes lets hope it works really nice for you. Esp being pregnant you need all the sleep you can get when you can get it.

Robyn said...

YAY for yoga. I'm glad you got a good night's sleep.

Krystyn said...

Yay! I'm so glad it worked for you.

Here's to a weekend free of headaches and pain.

dysfunctional said...

That is awesome! I was thinking of starting yoga, there's a place right at the end of my road.....I need to check it out!

Mel said...

YAY! Sleep + no pain is always a winning combo! Well...donuts are pretty good too. ;)

CoastRat said...

Yea for yoga and good sleep!

Catherine said...

Yoga heals all (well, many) ailments! I meant to do a lot of it during my recent pregnancy and did it...twice. :)

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