Small but Wondrous

So my back is getting better (I think. I hope). You might wonder why go to yoga at all. Well, despite the fact that no one knows exactly what I did to my back, everyone (and even the internet!) can agree that being still and limiting my movement is a bad idea. If I can move, I should move. If I can do a pose, I should do a pose. If it hurts, I should back off.

I measure my progress now based on what I can do in yoga. And I have to say, I am learning to except small improvements as wondrous events. For example, two weeks ago I had great difficulty doing the warm-up for hands to feet pose. However I had injured myself effected my hamstrings and made them super tight. I didn’t notice the tightness in my daily activities, but I sure did in yoga. Just to move my legs back and forth in the warm-up was almost impossible. And then, one day, it was back to normal.

I sent you this injury for a reason.

I sent you this injury for a reason.

Small but wondrous improvement.

And these little improvements make class interesting. When you’re injured, you have to be almost hyper-aware of your body in class. My mind doesn’t seem to be acting as crazy as it normally does because I’m trying to really pay attention and listen to my body. In some ways, injuries help me be more mindful in my practice which is crazy, right?

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willenaflewelling
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 15:31:00

    “If I can move, I should move.” Now that’s a great reminder for me! So many people my age can’t any more. They are confined to walkers or wheelchairs, or need to use a cane. This is significant for me, because some health issues make me want to sit around and do nothing. Then I think of my friends, and it reminds me that I CAN. It isn’t too late to turn things around.

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    • lahall99
      Apr 26, 2014 @ 16:59:00

      It’s never to late to turn it around! That is a terrific attitude. I can’t practice right now as well as I am accustomed to, but I can still go. I can still do something. And doing whatever little bit we can do matters and is important.

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  2. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 01:57:21

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  3. Atlantic Yoga (@atlanticyoga)
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 02:00:52

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  4. Geography Yoga (@geographyoga)
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 02:01:31

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  5. Yoga In The World (@yogaintheworld)
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 02:01:39

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  6. Haute Bikram (@hautebikram)
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 02:02:20

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  7. American Yoga (@americanyoga)
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 02:02:41

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  8. Bill Affourtit (@waffourt)
    Aug 03, 2014 @ 06:34:20

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  9. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 14:08:15

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