Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stretching update: Der torture continues

Hi all,

So I am still stretching. Bob, who was stiffer than I was 3-4 years ago, started stretching religiously to alleviate knee pain, and... Well, he is now far more flexible than I.  He gave me some of his stretches, plus I am following this regimen. I do not know this Aussie lady but she does a nice job with her videos.

Notice that it says "beginner," but I am really struggling.  I do what I can and feel the benefits, but it is not the picture of grace!
  • I can't hold "down dog" for very long, maybe a minute or two at most. My shoulder strength is lacking. The sequence she starts at 3:45 I just cannot do straight through. 
  • I can't do the three legged dog at 4:59 either. My leg just feels like lead.
  • The entire sequence makes me realize how collapsed I am across the shoulders. 
Soldiering on! You yoga-doers, especially those of you over fifty -- does it start getting easier soon?


  1. Don't feel bad. I've got a few more uears before I'm 50 and down dog isn't easy for me either. My wrists give me issues. Some of the other poses? Piece of cake or pure torture depending on the day, the weather, my attitude and my body's willingness to cooperate.

    Just do what you can, as long as you can, as best you can. You're fine.

  2. She sounds Kiwi to me (from New Zealand, I'm an Aussie).

  3. It does get easier. Keep at it. You will be amazed at the end of a 30 day period how much easier some of the poses become.

  4. I love her videos! And someone has mislabeled them on that channel, that is far from beginner friendly!

  5. I love yoga and incorporate some into my daily stretching. It really helps limber up my (previously broken) back. Unfortunately, I can't do the poses requiring balancing on your hands (like Downward Dog) for more than a couple seconds thanks to my RA. But the poses I CAN do are great!


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