This is a story of how I turned my lower back pain into precious mommy and me time. And, go! For years, I have experienced lower back pain. I don’t quite know the reason. It does, however, seem to get better when I am working out on a regular basis. Unfortunately, since winter hit, I have not been engaging in routine exercise. And…cue the lower back pain.
Google Search: Lower Back Pain Remedy
Then one day (two weeks ago), I fired up the good ole internet and asked the all-knowing Google how to remedy lower back pain. Lo and behold, I was directed towards the healing power of yoga. Yoga?! I have never done yoga before! It sounded so grown up. But, I was willing to give anything a go. Aside from not currently getting as much exercise as I’d like to, there was also (I believe) the cumulative effect of sitting at a desk with poor posture for longer than I’d like to admit. My lower back was finally saying, “No More”!
After I allowed the idea of yoga to sink into my head, I quickly did a secondary search for yoga for beginners. As you can imagine, I was inundated with a gazillion pages. I picked the first few and thought I’d try it out.
That evening I was setting up shop in the bedroom while Mini Monster was brushing her teeth and getting her PJs on. I non-nonchalantly asked if she would want to join me to do some yoga poses. She looked at me like I was crazy (she’s 6, so that happens a lot), and then quickly agreed.
Downward Facing Dog
There were a total of five poses on our beginner slate. We were doing okay. She was loving it. And shockingly, I was feeling a bit of relief from just a few quick poses. Ahh, yes, we finally came to the downward facing dog pose. Mini was ecstatic, exclaiming excitedly that she knows this one! She proceeded to throw herself over onto all fours while laughing hysterically and only holding the pose for a millisecond. That was it. We were hooked!
I can’t tell you how wonderful this time is for the two of us. It easily fits into our FIRE goals because we spend NO money. We get to bond as mother and daughter by doing something special that is just between us. AND, my lower back feels fabulous!
Amid the laughter and falling over and nearly losing the contents of my bladder, we had a wonderful time, and I even got a few relaxing moments to actually stretch out my lower back. My back hasn’t felt this good since high school! This has quickly become a nightly routine for Mini and Mommy 🙂 We simply pick a few poses, put on some yoga music, and go to town. Namaste!
Have you ever turned a negative into a positive?
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