Many people learn how to come with some physical pain over the years spent living with it.
The story follows Anna, a woman who suffered from a herniated disc, scoliosis, and osteoporosis, and walked around with a hunchback for decades. But, one day while visiting her children, she almost collapsed when she tried climbing the stairs.
“I had this horrible pain shooting up my back. I had to be carried up the stairs and put into a wheelchair for the rest of my stay” said the woman in an interview published in the New York Post.
This event was a wake-up call to do something about her condition and finally visited a chiropractor and tried acupuncture to relieve her symptoms. She didn’t give up hen the treatment failed, but decided to visit a certified yoga instructor Rachel Jesien.
Rachel is specialized in back care which was what Anna needed. The instructor showed Anna some stretching poses, like chair savasana and the child’s pose.
Within only one month, Anna was back on her feet again.
“After two months, another big milestone was that [Anna] knew what poses to do whenever the usual pains would come up for her. For example, if she was having hip pain, she’d sit on a chair and do an ankle-to-knee pose.” says Rachel.
After only 4 months, the 85 year old Anna could do a modified headstand, and we’re talking about a woman who wasn’t able to walk properly and on her own.
Rachel says that with a certified yoga and proper guidance, the results can be amazing. It soothes the pain in the back, increases the density of bones, and strengthens the muscles.
After years of trying to find a solution, Anna finally discovered yoga in 2010 and solved her problem once and for all.
Today, Anna and Rachel still meet once a week, and Anna has experienced incredible improvements of her conditions.