Saturday, February 10, 2007

Learning to Listen

Back in this entry I mentioned feeling a pull in my lower back due to overtwisting. Well I went to bed later that night and woke up the next morning feeling fine, peachy keen. So when I took the same class earlier this week I was careful with the twisting. The next day I started to feel a pain whenever I stood up from sitting. I'm not too good with anatomy but it is where the butt cheek ends and the thigh begins but it almost wrapped around to my inner thigh. Forward bending is one of my yoga strengths along with hip openers but I believe that in my forward bending frenzy the night before, I might not have been as warmed up as I thought. So Wednesday I tried to take it easy because I still wanted to go to my class on Thursday. No luck but I went to class anyway and spoke to my instructor about it.

Thursday night's class was a real lesson for listening to my body. My mind was telling me Come on, you can go further than that! You don't need blocks!!!! but my body was saying Take it easy on the left side, grab that block, don't fold all the way down, stop pushing yourself, you're not impressing anyone. For once, I listened to the latter. I am such a stubborn person. I push and push and push. I am fortunate to not have seriously hurt myself, only little things like straining my groin muscle and jamming my lower back by not coming down properly from a handstand (that was some serious pain). I'm sure there will be more but with each pull and strain comes another yoga lesson to benefit from. Don't be afraid to use props! Props are not a sign of weakness, they only help to enhance a pose and improve your alignment.

4 comments:

Regina Clare Jane said...

I totally agree! I have started to use props a little more now in the studio and they really do enhance my poses and my confidence! I also pulled a little muscle in my lower left back today- most likely from some of the twisting poses... going to give it some TLC for the next couple of days or so!

Cupcakes & Yoga said...

Thanks Regina and take care of your back! :)

yogaglamgirl said...

I love reading about your process. It inspires me. I'm also wondering if you may have tweaked your hamstring b/c it attaches right at the top of your thigh bone (in line with the bottom of your tush). might also want to consider the iliopsoas (where psoas connects to pelvis)...hmmm, wish I could work on you to speed up the healing process.

Cupcakes & Yoga said...

Glamgirl, thanks for the input. As of yesterday I started feeling better again and stopped feeling whatever it was that was bugging me on Thursday. I'll be sure to take it slow in class tomorrow.