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For the Love of Yoga

My column for this month’s Hawkesbury Parish News

Gromit statue
Not your usual dental assistant

Having achieved a miracle cure for fall-induced back pain at a yoga class in January, (something clicked back into place during a floor exercise), I turned to yoga techniques again this month to counter my fear during an emergency tooth extraction.

I lay in the dentist’s chair breathing deeply, body relaxed, palms facing upwards, while the very pleasant dental surgeon went about her task. With the added distraction of pictures of Minions and Gromits on the ceiling, (something our yoga class at the Methodist Hall doesn’t have), I got through the procedure unscathed. What with this and my back pain cured, I was feeling positively smug until I caught up with the international news.

That same day, an Australian man had used yoga to escape death by drowning. Trapped in a pool of mud by his overturned mechanical digger, he adopted the Cobra position to keep just his nose above the waterline until rescue arrived… six hours later.  That put my triumphs into perspective.

But it just goes to show that whatever the source of stress in your daily life, yoga can help make it better. Though I’ll still be giving muddy pools and mechanical diggers a wide berth in future.

You can find out more about the Australian man’s story on the BBC website here

(If you’d like to join the fun of our weekly yoga class, taught by Joan Boulton, come and join us at 10am every Thursday morning during term-time in the Methodist School Room.)

Author:

English author of warm, witty novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Staffroom at St Bride's School series, both set in the Cotswolds. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and for the children's reading charity, Read for Good. Public speaker for the Type 1 Diabetes charity JDRF.

2 thoughts on “For the Love of Yoga

  1. 🙂 Would love to do Yoga at Hawkesbury but it’s a long journey! Am exploring Mindfulness on the Headspace app and find it good for the brain/memory … soon Laura will be telling Mum where to go to combat stress – I was put onto this by Nicky who uses it to calm herself when the baby is fussy!

    1. Ooh, I don’t know about the Headspace app – will have to check that out. Am also looking forward to the publication of a book called “Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World” by Michael Harris this spring which sounds very interesting and appealing -though initially enormously expensive so will wait for the paperback or secondhand editions to read it, or order from the library!

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