The thought of acupuncture scared me, but becoming a yoga teacher has opened me up to the idea of alternative medicine. This is mostly because I am doing more yoga than I have ever done in my life. When I wake sore I wonder if it’s from too much yoga or if my qi is out of whack.
I did a little homework and figured out the best teacher is experience. With an appointment made I waited for the needles.
Acupuncture wasn’t what I expected. After a consultation about my health I was told to undress. The acupuncturist said that I could expect to feel warm on certain parts of my body. The whole process of of the needles took about 5 -10 minutes. She centered the needles around my neck, specifically my left trap because it’s been giving me some pains. Needles were also placed at my ankles and wrists. Inserting the needles felt like tiny pin pricks.
And quietly she left. Laying face down I felt…oddly splendid. My eyes were closed and it felt like the world went a little darker. Within about a minute or so I felt warmth radiating in the center of my back, neck and shoulders. It reminded me of laying out in the sun. After a quick check-in to make sure that I wasn’t too hot, once again I floated back to the sunlight.
30 minutes later I emerged feeling mellow, balanced and relaxed. It was suggested that I come back for weekly sessions to get the best benefits. I wasn’t that sold but I glided off to 2+ hours of hot yoga.
Looking back, I can’t say whether it was a good or bad idea to got straight to yoga after the acupuncture. After my first 90 minute class I thought I’d be spent.
I wasn’t. The second class was downright delightful.
Seriously. Seriously. Seriously.
I don’t know if it was the endorphins or the acupuncture. I’ve never done 2+ hours of hot yoga before nor had acupuncture.
I’ll be doing both again but not back-to-back. I think I may want to enjoy the relaxing mellow vibe of post acupuncture.
This is yoga. And when it needles me, it still feels good.