Friday has become one of my favorite days. I really enjoy my 8:15am class at Lohse YMCA. I so appreciate the group of people who show up each week for my class. They are just wonderful. It is very rewarding for me to see the changes in all of them. Getting over the hump in life's road can be hard, as I well know. I'm the first to say, it doesn't happen over night,but it can happen.
When injured, you never know how long recovery might take. I wanted my aches and pains to go away quickly with my first broken foot. That didn't happen and with the healing process, I became more and more protective of my injured limb. I soon discovered that the broken foot came with a sore knee and an especially sore hip. It was also accompanied with with fatigue and frustration. First a chip fracture from stepping in a covered hole,followed by another fracture simply caused by walking 4 weeks later. How do you heal a broken spirit?
My next major injury as taken years to begin to balance my strength throughout my body. The things I can do today have taken a lot of practice, patience and a general refusal to give up. Okay, so now you know how stubborn I am. The more I teach, the more I look for the language to bring awareness back into the body. When I was in PT, I was so frustrated at not being able to do the simplest exercises that I was given. The harder I tried, the worse I felt. I felt a failure around my recuperation from my injury. What was wrong with me? Nothing! What was wrong was not understanding the nature of my injuries fully.
I turned to yoga to rehab my foot,leg,hip and back. I also was blessed to become strong enough to able to practice massage therapy again. My focus in massage was directed by my own healing process. I had a lower leg that could not stand touch. I had a hip that ached very day and could keep my up half the night. Bringing the gentleness of visceral massage combined with good palpation skills, the gentle focus of yogic movement and breath and my massage therapist being willing to follow my directions; change happens.
Through the instruction of Gary Kraftsow, Mirka Kraftsow,Claire and the rest of AVI's training staff, I have continued to learn the precious gems of yoga. Yoga is not a exercise work out. Learn dharana, which is focus or concentration. Embrace the eight limbs of yoga. Respect Ahimsa, non violence to all living things which starts with you and how you treat yourself. Learn the fine line between babying an injury and getting an injury to heal through proper use of the body. If you physically can't do something then think about and imagine doing it first before attempting something new.