Today I pulled up for my weekly Thursday Bones for Life Class that I've been attending the past three years and thought about how grateful I am to have this practice, and my teacher, Elizabeth Keith, in my life.
When I came to this class I was struggling with pain off and on in multiple areas, especially in my knees since I was a teen. I had been teaching yoga already for about nine years, and learning and teaching my yoga students a lot of great alignment principles. Even with that, I still struggled with poor posture (seeing a chiropractor here and there for "forward head posture" and neck pain/headaches a few times a month), and a pronounced pigeon-toed gait that gave me pain in my feet, ankles, hips and especially knees. You could recognize me coming a mile away just from the way I walked!
After a few months of coming to BFL on Thursdays, I started to realize that I always looked forward to Thursdays, and it became my favorite day of the week! I always felt better in my body and even more relaxed, calm and confident! Today I rarely if ever have knee pain, my posture has improved dramatically (people commented last summer at my 20 year high school reunion!) and my gait has changed the most. I now love walking and do so for at least an hour a day with no pain, and I don’t even remember the last time I took over the counter pain medication for knee pain! I haven't gone to see my chiropractor for at least 3 months.
Yoga taught me a lot about being mindful, feeling my body and alignment principles for yoga poses.. but Elizabeth was the first person who taught me how to move functionally, for day to day movements, activities, and especially walking. We learn self-help strategies to avoid injury and also help with pain when it does arise.
I love BFL so much that I have decided I would like to teach others and have begun training with Elizabeth. The principles of this system have colored all my movements and even my philosophy on life.. I now have hope and optimism about my body and greater confidence! Thanks to Elizabeth and BFL.
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