A soap, a hospital drama perhaps....
or at least not much of one to speak of, I practiced but had to cut it back to the barest minimum.
The worst of the throat virus calmed down after, what, two or three week ( although I can still feel something not quite right when I swallow) that was followed by a head-to-toe hive like skin rash. I was paranoid about allowing my body to get too hot or sweaty so, again, lightest practice, a cool room, practicng as slowly as possible and with the lightest ujjayi to try and avoid generating any heat.
See this post
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Updated: Superman bound - Sick for a month!
That took a week to pass with some anti histamine and I managed to get a couple of good but light practices in. Went easy the first couple of days then practiced full Primary on the Sunday but still not going too deeply into postures.
It was during that Sunday practice that I experienced a sudden low back pain after marichi D (or supta kurmasana can't remember which) that it turns out is probably kidney stones rather than the pulled muscle I'd suspected.
|pretty little bugger|
See these posts perhaps
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
UPDATED "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!" - Name the tweaked muscle (modelled by the Feminist Ryan Gosling)
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Back pain follow up (this morning's modified practice) and peek inside of Sharath's 'new' book on Primary Series
Friday, 21 June 2013
Some closure to the back problem story arc
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Still No Primary, Manju TT Looming
So I cut back practice here too for the first week, mostly gentle backbends from 2nd series and Ramaswami's Bow sequence. Thank you Ramaswami for the Vinyasa Krama Tool Chest
A week ago the pain dropped down the the frount of my abdomen and into the groin, like the grip of an old crone (tmi). So I stopped practicing altogether, just a little pranayama, had thought the pain in the groin was referred pain from the damaged muscle, nope.
Yesterday I went to the GP and he was pretty sure it was indeed most likely Kidney stones (scans to come sometime next week) rather than a herniated disc or anything else I'd begun to fear.
The dreaded Kidney stones, still remember rolling around in agony the last time, trying to practice pranayama to get me through the longest of nights. NOT looking forward to that again but figured it was probably safe to start practicing at least, part of me thinks it might even help squeeze the stone(s) out ( See Oscar's story below).
Was actually almost pleased when he said it was Kidney stones, suggesting that it wasn't the yoga (except perhaps in a good way in dislodging the stone early) and that I could practice, how crazy is that.
See this post on the last time I had Kidney stones following a month of green smoothies
Monday, 7 May 2012
Kidney Stone Practice
And this comment from my friend Óscar on the previous about his experience with Kidneys stones and Yoga.
Manju's TT workshop in Crete is now only five weeks away.... and counting.
The viral infection was a bit of an an in swinger (curve ball), I'd always figured that if I couldn't practice asana for some reason I could at least practice pranayama but with this I'd lost both practices and with them some discipline. I ate a lot of ice cream to soothe the throat, and pretty much anything I felt like during the skin rash, comfort eating.
So I put on a little weight over the last few weeks not THAT much but enough. Weighed myself this morning 79.8 Kilo. Generally I tend to hover around 76-77kilo, 76 is my preferred practice weight. On Ramaswami's course I dropped to 75, Crete even lower, too low actually at 74 kilos
M. has been gently (and lovingly, she misses the me on the left a little I think)) teasing me, saying that Manju will call me the 'fat one'....." Hey fat one you don't need breakfast, go wipe the floor". Or re assists "Try it on the fat one".
|Wasn't I supposed to be less wrecked after all this yoga?|
So I feel more than a little over my practice weight, undisciplined and practicing this morning, for the first time in a week with only light practice if at all for six weeks..... stiff, weak and generally not very bendy.
it's not really the weight that bother's me so much or even the sloppy practice but rather that these are signs of a slip in discipline, my minds distracted, just let it all go a little when I should perhaps have been even more disciplined.
Besides big birthday coming up, 50 in just over two weeks, wasn't really that bothered about it but was kind of planning on being a fit, healthy 50. Krishnamacharya was 50 in the old 1938 Black and White documentary below. Had thought about being in Mysore for my birthday this year and going up in the hills to do the exact same sequence...
Certainly not the only one who's dropped off the practice waggon for one reason or another, no broken bones but thought it might make an interesting series of posts documenting the process of finding the way back to full practice ....at home.
Have you let your own practice slip? Been wanting to get it back?
I thought about starting on Sunday or Monday perhaps but that already sounded like putting it off, better to start right away if only with something light.
Saturday 6th June
First practice after a week, not even a Sury or tadasana.
Plan was to keep it simple just in case the doctor is wrong about the Kidney stones and it is muscular.
Started with a short simple, gentle tadasana sequence from Vinyasa Krama
Suryanamaskara A x5, Sury Bx3 - really felt it at the back of the knees could barely keep my heels down, hardly much of a forward bend for the first five surys or so.
A hint at most of the standing postures but without going too deep especially in the twists
A delicate Sharath jump through, wrists felt weak.
Could feel the kidney stone pain in dandasana, doesn't like seated postures as if the illiac crest is pushing up into where the stone is (ouch).
Paschimottanasana, nbot comfortable with forward bends so again, just a hint at A and B
Jump back felt heavy and I don't want to risk injuring my wrists so going easy on these until I lose a kilo or two.
Janu sirsasana A or rather maha mudra to avoid the forward bend.
Baddha konasana, knees well off the ground but stayed there for ten breaths or so and they settled, didn't even consider the forward bend.
Avoiding inversions for now- we want the kidney stone to go down right.
Short pranayama practice
Practice took about forty minutes or so, enough for the first day back. Tomorrow I'll wander through a full Primary minus inversions, a hint at least at all the postures, perhaps a few extra long breaths to allow my body to settle slowly into the postures. easy does it.
Fasted during the day today, an attempt to get some discipline back, ate in the evening.
First day back.
Sunday 7th - practice
This is where we start from....
The Sury's really are remarkable, this (above) was the first,,,, by the fifth there was the beginning of a half decent forward bend by the end of the Sury B's it was... acceptable.
Standing was OK, reigned it in a little didn't engage as deeply as tempted but lengthened as much as possible.
A twinge when first settling into dandasana but not as bad as before. The paschi's were better did A, B, C and even D again backing off a little but lengthening as much as possible.
Made extra effort to shift my body weight nicely to take as much work off my wrists in the jump backs and through, again Sharath's delicate hop. Thank You Sharath.
And it was turning into a nice practice, started sweating a lot so decided to err on the side of caution and move to finishing after navasana ( although I squeezed in baddha konasana B first). Still not sure about Inversions so raced through the finishing postures, I breath only in the shoulder stands, halasana etc, five breaths only in headstand.
Finished with the full Ashtanga pranayama and some meditation practice.
A good beginning, feel I can work from here but then it's the Wednesday, Thursday practises that is are the tough ones, those mid week practices that you just have to grind out sometimes until it all becomes a joy again.