Comment by C.HU
It’s been a long time that I cannot breathe deeply!!! Because the AS disease, for years I could only breathe shortly with caution. My thoracic muscles were all inflamed and caused strong pain when breath ing. It’s a luxury for me to breathe especially when I needed to resist the pain for every movement of the body. So I really dream that someday I can breathe normally like anybody else.
I am fortunate to find a chiropractor that helped me improve my condition, however I know that I should not only depend on my chiropractor’s help but also need to do some stretch by my own to better strengthen my muscles and release the stiffness. But I am always in a dilemma since I don’t know what kind of stretch will hurt me until I am wounded. As a result, I need to spend more time resting for recovery.
At the beginning I was hesitant to join the yoga class; after all, I had wounded myself in a yoga class years before. After the encouragement of my family and friend, I joined Master Sujit class. I remember that during the fist class, I could not do the postures correctly nor follow the class tempo, and Master Sujit noted my condition and showed me the postures by my side and kept reminding me to observe the condition of my body. Although after the class my body soars but I noted that my muscles are loose and relax.
The disease that I have changes symptoms constantly, sometimes I can do some posture in this class but not in the next class. But Master Sujit always teaches me alternative posture so I can happily keep going with the alternative postures to improve my stiffness and not feeling that I am behind the class.
Gradually, I noted some changes in my body after every class; I noted that I can now walk in big steps! One day I noted that I can stand longer with one foot, another day I discovered that I have my shoulders more open; I also can better twist my waist. Days before I noted that now I can inhale more air to my lungs and even air to my abdomen. I was really excited to be able to breathe deeply.
I am grateful for having this disease, because it taught me to be grateful and appreciate everything I have now and also understand the value of every recovery period. Having Master Sujit reminders and assistance, my body and I became friends!