Day 60. Bikram Yoga Challenge

yoga bag
Well, I reached a big landmark today. It was my 60th day in a row of Bikram Yoga. All I can say is WOW. It’s been an interesting ride. I initally EMBARKED ON THIS ADVENTURE as a means of addressing a number of health issues. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the beginning. I wasn’t even sure if I could do it. I was reluctant to commit to it. The outcome was not at all what I was expecting, but I can say for sure that it has had a positive impact on my issues.

triangle poseThis is triangle pose, and it is my big triumph so far. When I started, I couldn’t do this pose at all. This pose is all about hip muscles for stability. My hip muscles were really weak starting back (as I BROKE MY PELVIS). My physical therapist really worked with me on my hip muscles, and now look! This pose gives me hope that I can resolve all my issues eventually. I have to admit though that the left side is not so pretty. But it’s getting there. My left side sustained most of the impact in the CRASH. So there’s a lot to work out there. But the muscles on both sides get weak when you’re not walking.  So, I couldn’t do it either way at first.  Maybe next time I check in, I’ll have the left side nailed down.

standing head to kneeThis is a pose that I’m still working with. It’s my nemesis right now. It’s standing head to knee pose. I can actually kick my leg out alright, but I don’t have much stamina or stability on one leg. I think a lot of this harkens back to my hip issues. But there’s some wankiness in my lower back too that I haven’t figured out yet. This pose starts out with the extended leg bent. Then, you kick it out (like in this picture). Once you get good there, you touch your forehead to your knee. Obviously, I’m not there yet. The first part of this posture (bent leg) feels really good for my lower back. It’s stretching out something in a good way. This yoga has been stretching out a lot of bad juju in good ways.

magnet Here is sweaty, stinky me with my completely filled in magnet! I’m actually shocked that I made it to this point. It was definitely challenging on a number of levels. The detox is brutal. I’m not going to lie. It’s as hard as it is rewarding. I actually found out I have an ulcer in the middle of this challenge, and I was really tempted to stop. But I didn’t. I thought about it a lot. The main issue motivating me to do this is that I have chronic pain from the impact of the crash. It’s mostly caused by super tweaked muscles. My doctor recommended trigger point injections for the pain. I’m really reluctant to try that though as I have a lot of issues with my LIVER. I mean, I can’t even eat food with additives. So as you might imagine, medicines of any kind are not without unpleasant consequences. I was kind of hoping that I would have worked through the pain and back to normal at the end of sixty days. That may have been an overly optimistic expectation. BUT things are definitely starting to loosen up. The other day, I had my massage therapy, and I cried the whole time. This sounds bad, but it’s actually GREAT. Things are finally starting to break up a bit. In the beginning, my massage therapist said she’d be bearing all her weight into me, and I wouldn’t feel a thing.

At my last appointment, I asked my doctor if the pain was an issue that would go away eventually or if it was permanent. He didn’t really answer. He kind of changed the subject.  I’m interpreting that as meaning that I’m really going to have to work on this. It’s not going to come easy.  But basically, yoga is what is keeping me off pain meds right now.  If I stop, I’ll have to find some other way of managing the pain.  My thought was that whatever that was would be just as stressful to my body (if not more) as yoga.  So, I decided to just stick with it.  Sometimes you have to go through the fire.  There is no other way.  It might hurt.  You might get burned.  But the fire will transform you.  And maybe that’s a beautiful thing.  Not something to be afraid of.  The fire is where all the important lessons are.

That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

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