Wasn't yoga supposed to give me superpowers, it's there on the tin for heavens sake (yoga sutras), siddhis, super powers...
Following is a list of 23 siddhi powers: (not all of these in the Yoga Sutras)
Considered to be the Warrior Siddhi Powers:
Trikalajriatvam - knowledge of the past, present and future.
Advandvam: to be beyond pleasure-pain, cold-heat, soft-hard. Non-duality.
Parachittadyabhijnata: knowledge of dreams and the mind.
Pratishtambah: control of effect of fire, wind, water, poisons, weapons, and the sun.
Aparajayah: Victorious. Not able to be defeated.
The next are considered only to occur as the heart begins to purify and flower:
Anumimattvam: hunger, thirst, grief, sorrow, infatuation, delusion and confusion of the mind, old age and death do not harm the body.
Doorshravan: to hear, sitting at one place, speech from however distant a place.
Dudarshan: to see simultaneously events and things in all the realms.
Manojava: the body can travel at the speed of thought to any place.
Kaamaroopa: to assume any form. Shapeshifting.
Parakayapravesh: ability to enter into another's body, whether they are dead or alive.
Swachchandamrutyu: to die at one's own will, death having no control over one.
Sahakridanudarshanam: to see the sports of gods in heaven and have capacity and prowess to participate in it.
Yathaasamkalpa samsiddhi: to attain whatever is desired.
Ajnaapratihataagatih: whereby one's command and movement have no obstruction
These are considered to be the highest siddhi powers:
Anima: the reduction of one's form to one atom. Invisibility
Mahima/Garima: the body can be made to be very heavy.
Laghima: the body can be made to be extremely light
Prapti: abilty to acquire objects of sense pertaining to the respective organs.
Prakaashya: to see invisible things in other realms.
Ishitaa: to stimulate bodies and creatures Control of forces of nature.
Vashita: to have control or dominion over the senses.
Yatkamastadavasyati: To obtain joy by willing it so. The cessation of misery and desire. This is considered to be the highest state of bliss
Not that I was or am the least bit interested in siddhis (will settle for ever improving focus) but five years of twice daily practice, seven days a week give or take, you'd think something would rub off...
I'm supposed to be Superman now, a bit ...No?
Couple of weeks ago I ended up with Kidney stones....again (the last time was before yoga when I was an overweight carnivour and exceedingly unhealthy). Now I know there's supposed to be an asana for curing leprosy (no really), surely there's one for preventing Kidney Stones and with a Vinyasa Krama practice there can't be that many asana I've missed out, should be covered right?
...and didn't I get flu a while back,
....and food poisoning
oh and I broke a nail.
Now get this...
Saw the results from the CAT scan for the kidney stones yesterday and it seems I have .....arthritis.
Arthritis! I'm, 47 not 87, Arthritis, really? COME ON!
'Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis, lumbosacral arthritis'.
I'm supposed to be Superman
Turns out the Arthritis is of the 'wear and tear' variety most likely a result of the 80's when I spent most of the decade travelling rough and picking up whatever labouring job I could find in what ever country I happened to be in that week or month or year, building houses, roofs, laying roads, digging ditches, hodding bricks, laying concrete....
It was only when my back did finally give out on me that decided to stay in once place and go back to Uni but even then I paid my way working as a Pizza chef carrying great stacks of dough trays every day.
Wear and tear, yep.
I've been feeling pain in my lower back for the last year, mentioned it a couple of times here, normally it's only in the cold weather and in the mornings. This time it's lasted pretty much all year round, even had to switch my practice around so I was practising Ashtanga in the evenings and a lighter Vinyasa Krama practice in the mornings.
So I'm not that surprised.... but Arthritis, REALLY!
Yesterdays conversations at the clinic went a little like this....
Doctor: They also noticed you have wear and tear Arthritis of the lumbar spine
ME: What's the treatment?
Doctor: Exercise is best, your already in very good health (apart from the kidney Stones obviously)
Me: I practice Yoga
Doctor: That's perfect, no need to send you to the physio then.
Apparently yoga is the best thing you can do for this, it improves the flow of blood around the spine and strengthens the back muscles taking some of the pressure off the spine, slowing down the wear and tear. Without the yoga it would probably have been worse, especially as I'd been overweight for years before I came to the practice.
And as for the Kidney stones, that was more a case of eating too much spinach, my own bette noir, in all those green smoothies*
As it happens the night the pain was at it's worse, the male equivalent of child birth according to the doctor (yeah yeah I know), when the headache tablets we had in the house weren't having the slightest effect (obviously.... I mean it's like childbirth), it was only the Pranayama that got me through till morning without searching YouTube for videos on how to remove your own kidney. Did I mention it's like childbirth, no really.
The stone btw seems to be on it's merry way, not out yet but almost I suspect and it may well be down to the yoga and all that twisting and shoving my heels into my gut that have helped it cheerly along it's way.
So OK, yoga DIDN'T let me down, but I still don't feel like Superman just yet...
Batman on a good day perhaps but then he's human , all too human.
Time for practice... best thing about the pain killers for the stones is that I'm not feeling the slightest twinge in my back in the mornings, nice to have a full on morning practice again.... of a while.
|Out at last, all that fuss for a pretty little thing like this.|
* re green smoothies. I've had Kidney stones before and supposedly should be avoiding raw spinach and leafy greens (unless I'm consuming and absorbing enough calcium - it's complicated). At the time I was meat eater and spinach was the furthest thing from my mind so never really registered it.