A separate yoga or fitness practice that took many hours each week has been replaced by Practice HORA as part of my everyday life. Lynette Pellegrini
In 1994, I was in a very serious auto accident in which I sustained several broken bones, including a skull fracture. My recovery was slow in the first few years as I was in and out of surgery, but gradually continued until I was left with residual pain and difficulties in my neck and jaw. In 1999, I began practicing traditional yoga, which was a great help. However, up until the beginning of this year when I began Practice HORA, I still suffered from pain in my upper cervical area, TMJ and carried a great deal of stress in my neck and shoulders. The position of my head in relationship to my shoulders has changed radically. The release that I feel in my cervical spine is remarkable. TMJ is a condition knows as the inflammation of the temporal mandibular joint. At night, during sleep, I would clench my teeth and grind them back and forth, waking with my teeth aching. TMJ is a condition which is very difficult to treat. I have worn dental appliances since the accident but they only serve to protect the teeth. My TMJ caused headaches and the doctors would treat it with anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxers. The muscles of my jaw in the front of my face were rock solid. Now, I can manipulate the fibers of the jaw muscles. No headaches, no sore teeth.
I was an avid yogi, practicing in several different studios each week. I have narrowed my practice to one or two teachers and about once a week. I do a lot more walking for exercise. I have put on a few pounds, but I do not seem bothered by it and feel that I look good. The standard for myself has moved away from perfection. A separate yoga or fitness practice that took many hours each week has been replaced by Practice HORA as part of my everyday life. I am currently on a flight from Charlotte to California. As I sit, I intermittently press my feet into the ground and lift the crown of my head to the ceiling. My shoulders drop and my chest opens. My abdominal region engages. A full deep breathe rises. A sense of well-being bathes my existence.
I also want to share that this practice (HORA) has effected my confidence level. To me, my new level of confidence comes from the fact that I am relaxed. As I mentioned earlier, the quality of breath that comes up naturally has brought a whole new level of relaxation to my life. I connect the two: relaxation and confidence. I worried a lot about whether I was doing or saying the right thing. Now I am "comfortable in my own skin" so to speak which translates into increased level of confidence.
Increased and sustainable energy is another positive outcome from my practice. The single mother of two boys, now 14 and 11, I have primary responsibility for raising them. I am also an older mother, age 55. Before HORA, I would be literally exhausted by the early evening. I would get to the end of a day, and my body would almost hurt, I would be so tired. I often fell asleep when putting my youngest to bed at 8:30-9pm. I can remember standing at his doorway in pain, pleading with him to go to bed so that I could do the same. Now I often stay up past 11. I just do not need as much sleep. And the quality of my sleep is better. Before, I was afraid to go to sleep because there was so much underlying tension that would manifest as teeth grinding and clenching. Now, with Practice HORA, I wake up rested and refreshed.
June 18, 2013