Aging Gracefully – When Yoga Breathing Paid Off In the ER 😊

Felipe Adan Lerma
Crossing Lake Champlain on the Island Bike Ferry from Mainland Vermont to South Hero Island
Felipe Adan Lerma
Crossing Lake Champlain on the Island Bike Ferry from Mainland Vermont to South Hero Island

This’ll be short, I was admitted to the ER yesterday for a continuing gastric pain my wife and I decided had had one too many episodes to warrant a repeat. One of many thorough exams I experienced involved holding my breath for variable amounts of time so the technician could find “openings” between various organs and ribs to see what she wanted to see!

She expressed concern for me wanting to know if holding my breath posed a problem and I said, “No, reminds me of some of my old yoga breathing classes.” 😊

Now, those classes weren’t only about “breathing” – using and controlling the breath was part of the overall class of learning more of ourselves and how we are connected by the very air we breathe.

So I thought it very cool a breath training segment of some of my yoga classes actually helped enable a health caretaker, my medical helper of the moment, also better “see” inside me, and thus help heal me!

Amazing I think!

Anyway, tomorrow I have surgery, and it will go better I think, because I had practiced and knew how to inhale, and hold to variable time frames during or at full breath —

I may have a reduced posting and commenting (on others’ posts) ability for a short time, but I may end up having a fuller wider time-frame (life) to enjoy creating and commenting longer. Not a bad trade off 😊

All the best everyone!


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    • I’ve only broached the subject myself, read a little, practiced in yoga classes; but it’s come very handy doing everyday stuff or even fitness walking and remembering it’s ok to breathe and ok to take or release long breaths, that sort of stuff. I had a full cardio treadmill stress test ‘bout a year ago and that was the first time I realized my being able to breathe in or out in long counts and pause when asked to was pretty handy for the doctors, lol! They could see between the ribs at just a certain point etc. That was pretty neat too 😊 And thank you! Yes, surgery seems to have gone well and feeling better each day – yay! 🙂

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    • Yes! Not sure I’ll be able to paint much, too many things to still rearrange in my art area (too heavy for me to lift for awhile) but I look fwd to some art openings and new blog posts. Plus a few folks on FB urged me to let my wife spoil me for a bit, I can go for that 🙂

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  1. Oh no! Adan, I am so sorry to hear of this. I hope you are done with the surgery by now and that everything was successful, praying for your speedy recovery! Thank goodness you sought help when you did, take care friend!

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