At 5:30 this morning I practiced yoga for the first time since my surgery. It’s been four weeks. Four flighty, stressful, mindless weeks. My soul was ready for yoga.
Circles felt miraculous, as did cat/cow. Yummy stretches all over.Started on sun-a and it was like a totally new experience. In a really good way. I played hell getting my mind to quiet, but that will come. I’m already sore, you know that good kind of sore. And I am in a terrific mood. 🙂 But it’s going to be a process, re-building my practice.
When you take any significant amount of time off of your practice,
you lose a lot your body changes. Flexibility, mobility and efficiency all become much weaker. It doesn’t sound like a positive thing, but it can be. You have to look at what you can do with it.
Form better habits
You have to re-train your body for the asnas. This gives you the opportunity to correct old, incorrect alignment. Maybe you tuck your chin or splay your elbows during chaturanga or shrug your shoulders in mountain. Maybe a jaw clencher? Me, me, and me. So now I can fix that.
Try something new
I don’t know about you, but for the last few years I have been doing pretty much the same flow every morning. I want something different. So I’m going to change it up.
Re-connect with your peace
I didn’t realize just how much crap went through my head every day until I didn’t ever stop thinking about it. When all I could do was focus on SSRS while in down dog, I finally felt a breath happen. It was awesome.
Lose Your Ego
I was a proud yogi. I could get into some pretty impressive poses. Today I can barely reach my feet in paschimottanasana. No amount of breathing into my back was going to let me rest my forehead on my knees. And I have to be okay with that, because it is what it is. And that’s what it should be when I took care of my injury for 4 weeks.
Build a deeper practice
Learn to savasana better. Listen to yourself. Become aligned. Get over yourself. Be creative.Do that ^ and you will build a deeper practice.
Have you had to rebuild your practice? What did that look like for you?