How Yoga helped me
I used to run marathons. However, I never bothered to stretch properly. I just liked running so much that I never
thought about how it hurt my body. After eight marathons and numerous other races, each preceded by literally hundreds of miles of training, all done without proper stretching, my muscles became so taut and stiff that they started hurting seriously: from neck to back to hamstrings. On top of that, I had a car accident where I had a neck whiplash, the last straw. At that time, I, suddenly and fortunately, learned about how yoga helped a friend of mine with his ski injuries. He told me that he tried everything, from physical therapy to cortisone injections. In the end, yoga helped him. So, I decided to try yoga, typed in yoga and fairfax in google, and discovered Neel Kulkarni's class. Within six months of classes, with back and neck stretching exercises, my neck and back pain was mostly gone, and completely gone within two years. I am still trying to get my hamstrings back to the original level of
flexibility. The improvements are slow but steady.
Neel Kulkarni helped me in another way. During one of his classes on the carpet, I started sneezing repeatedly. I suspected that my allergies were triggered by dust or cat hair on the carpet. Neel disagreed and asked me if I drank milk. I told him that I drank a lot of milk. He told me that my lungs' mucous lining were inflamed because of milk and were particularly sensitive to dust. At his suggestion, I stopped drinking milk for two months. Lo and
behold, after getting worse for one month, my dust allergies were completely gone. I have stopped drinking milk for several years now though I eat yoghurt and cheese without any problems. I use soymilk wherever milk is used.