Epiphany for the day: Injury doesn't prevent you practicing yoga, just a few asana (though some of those might be your favourites).
I think I have a yoga injury, I feel so proud, one of the IN crowd at last.
At least I think it's a yoga injury, kind of. It seems to be the return of something I did a couple of months ago in the snow. I was pushing my bike, it slipped, I tried to grab it and twisted my back while half bent, twisting, stumbling.
Practice the following morning I found I couldn't easily bend forward, luckily it was Vinyasa Krama that morning and I managed to adapt the practice, work around it rather than just cut out half of Primary or 2nd. Bending forward seems to have been the problem, bound I was OK as my arm around my back seemed to give my back some support. Lowering down into an inverted forward bend was OK too as were backbends.
Anyway it got better, it passed.
Last week I had that amazing Vinyasa Krama Asymmetric/seated sequence practice thatI mentioned, effortlessly folding into the deepest paschimottanasana like a tortilla. It felt so good I stayed for ten minutes and did the same in spread angle vinyasas. Felt fine but was a little stiff next morning and I've noticed I've been a little stiff ever since and this week that the stiffness was pain, a lot of pain.
I worked around it for a while but it never seemed to go away, this week I decided to cowboy up and try and work through it, Ashtanga primary all week. Stiff, painful forward bends at first but I was managing to get some heat going and I kind of loosened up... until the following morning when I would have to go through it all again.
This morning in the first Sury I was reminded of that first video I posted once of when I first started Ashtanga, hardly able to touch my shins. I got to the marichi's this morning and though Sod it, enough is enough and switched to Intermediate series minus the leg behind head postures. Backbends it seems are fine.
So if I assume it's the same as I had before I just need to take it easy for a couple of weeks, bound or inverted forward bends only and backbend sequences. Oh well, had though I'd do primary for a month guess it will have to be a VK modified 2nd instead.
Less asana more Pranayama and perhaps Claudia's two 60 minute Vipassana sessions a day.
and where DID I find those Epsom salts on ebay....