This is probably one of those super boring topics to everyone except to me, right? Oh mah aches and pains…! I’ll keep it short, I promise. Anyway.
So, I took a week off my practice. Then ladies holiday arrived, so I took a couple more days off. Ten days in all. Ten days!!! The most interesting thing about this time off was realizing I have the kids trained to play amongst themselves for an hour every morning. Without yoga to do, this hour turned out to be a nice time to play guitar and surf the web. And after ten days, the web is well surfed, my friends, fear not!
My hamstring was definitely improved by the yoga moratorium. The rest of me was crap, my knees aching, my neck stiff, my energy low, my brain…more tense than usual. But my right sit bone, which started the 10 days with a constant, sometimes distracting, ache, well, it only hurt some of the time, and then not so much. So I guess that means healing was occurring. Go me!
For the record, in addition to NOT doing yoga, I did ice the first three days, then heat a couple times a day, ultrasound treatments, and Roger Cole’s previously mentioned, incredibly boring, hamstring exercises. Cycling turned out to hurt me knee so I canned it.
Onward. So, today, with much trepidation, I rolled out the manduka and proceeded to do a blessed primary—oh, how I missed it!!!!—with no forward bends. It is possible. Any time there would normally be a forward bend whether standing, sitting, whatever, I didn’t do it (sitting straight in paschi, say, or hands above or just below the knees in uttanasana, etc) and instead worked on my bandhas/breathing/driste. It was ashtanga lite. It actually wasn’t so bad. Then, every few poses I checked in to see if anything hurt, and no. Some awareness of some sensation in the hurt area, but never pain. So far so good.
But here I sit, five hours later, with an aching butt. Why? Why? Impotent howl of frustration! Stomping of foot! Pouting!
What do I do? Give up yoga for a month? Give up yoga altogether? Push on with half-assed (har har) yoga for a while? Keep doing the various treatments, plus yoga sans forward bends and see if it works itself out over time? Not use the leg, a la bending it in forward bends? Use it while super contracting the quads? Physical therapy? Other?
I wish I could see into the future either way, keeping with the yoga or giving it up for a while. If I keep it up, do I end up healed, or a cripple? If I give it up for a while, do I end up healed? Or a cripple? I don’t think I can give it up, honestly. I’m addicted. …But if I keep going, am I going to regret it?
My practice had just gotten so GOOD. It’s hard to explain my feeling of loss at the moment.