So my back is getting better (I think. I hope). You might wonder why go to yoga at all. Well, despite the fact that no one knows exactly what I did to my back, everyone (and even the internet!) can agree that being still and limiting my movement is a bad idea. If I can move, I should move. If I can do a pose, I should do a pose. If it hurts, I should back off.
I measure my progress now based on what I can do in yoga. And I have to say, I am learning to except small improvements as wondrous events. For example, two weeks ago I had great difficulty doing the warm-up for hands to feet pose. However I had injured myself effected my hamstrings and made them super tight. I didn’t notice the tightness in my daily activities, but I sure did in yoga. Just to move my legs back and forth in the warm-up was almost impossible. And then, one day, it was back to normal.
Small but wondrous improvement.
And these little improvements make class interesting. When you’re injured, you have to be almost hyper-aware of your body in class. My mind doesn’t seem to be acting as crazy as it normally does because I’m trying to really pay attention and listen to my body. In some ways, injuries help me be more mindful in my practice which is crazy, right?