Injury Diary

I didn’t set out for this blogging-every-day-in-August thing to just be a diary of my various injuries but it is turning into a bit of one. Today it is my right hip. Yesterday I went for a run, and being my first one in weeks I got a bit over excited and maybe overdid it a teeny tiny bit.

I have seriously tight hips. If I forego my regular yoga practice for a day I feel it in my hips first and by the second day I have back pain. Problem is when I reintroduce hip-heavy exercise into my days after a period of illness my beautifully tight hips reward me by getting stronger in the long term but tight and achy in the short term. I still “have” to do an intensive asana class though (thanks, stubborn brain) and it ended up being totally inappropriate for my bodily state. Any external rotation was fairly painful and by the end of the night I was in pain whenever I moved my hips at all. Which is whenever I move, incidentally. Hip pain is horrific.

This morning it was better thank goodness but I’m not a fan of powering through injuries and tiredness/illness so even though I am “supposed” to be practicing the Primary Series I decided it would be stupid to do so. So what do you do when you have a bad wrist, a bad hip, you’re tired and have a stomach ache? First of all you sit around feeling sorry for yourself, guilty you’re not working and panicky about future yoga teaching career because, if you can’t practice when feeling slightly ill and injured, how the hell do you expect to commit to teach others? At least you do if you’re me. Ended up spending an afternoon with Shiva Rea and Sarah Powers via my extensive yoga dvd collection. I feel soothed now. If I can teach half as well as those women I will be happy.

So lesson is for today that there is yoga for every situation and injury.

Question is, what will tomorrow’s injury be?


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