Blood and Bruises

Blood and bruises and scrapes and blisters. Yep. I got’em all. And everything except the blisters came from yoga. Specifically, it all came from training for the regional.

So one of my advanced postures is Mountain. If you watch the video you will see how the guy is balancing on his knees in lotus. There’s a much longer video of the same guy holding Mountain for about a minute. I can currently do it for a count of three (usually – sometimes less, and once I did it for a six count).

My knees, and my right knee in particular, are so scraped up it’s not even funny. Another competitor told me I looked like I had fallen off a bike. That’s about what it looks like. But, what am I gonna do? I gotta practice it and so up I go again, and again, and again.

Saturday morning, I was in the hot room about 30 minutes before class. I practiced Mountain. My mat actually lessens the pain of balancing on my scratched up knees. When I was done, I stood up and looked down at my mat. Blood. Not a lot, but enough. My right knee had cracked open a bit and was bleeding. No one can say I didn’t shed blood or sweat for this competition. I have not cried yet, and I don’t plan on it either.

I also noticed, as I was going into lotus that I have a bruise on my lower right leg. It has something to do with how I’m sitting or possibly from all the falling out I’m doing when I try to go up in Mountatin (I crash down backwards a lot!).

Training for regionals has left me a bloody and bruised up mess, and I wouldn’ trade it for the world.

I know – I am an awesome advertisement for entering a competition, right?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simmm
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 09:52:43

    Yes you are! I’m very impressed and inspired by all the practicing you do, the thousands of backbends and so on… Awesome!


  2. Joann
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 16:13:38

    Did you ever get bruises on your legs from Eagle pose? I know that I bruise easy so maybe this is just something I have to deal with or maybe it will eventually go away.


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