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Sidestepping to Journey Dance, Gingerly, Taking Care of Arthritic Knee ...

Friday, June 15, 2012

I now have a touch of arthritis in my right knee ... it is puffed up and painful.

So, I will not be adding on to my personal self-sequenced practice just rearranging it. Hmm, that's a load off my mind. Stay where I am. In a vast, sensual S.E.A. of soft power vinyasa yoga, infused with more pilates than you could shake a stick at. Bonus: Never to be taking the "advanced" class from anyone offering it, either.

But I will be 58 in a few months, anyway.

It is exactly 5 years and 5 days of regular yoga practice, mostly at home.

A few days ago, at my satsang, I got acquainted with one of the many teachers of JourneyDance. A young woman with a lot of flair (she's also a psychotherapist) and who is a strong kirtan leader. At least as far as I was concerned. She gave me a few ideas on how to approach practice of Bhakti Yoga (the [mostly] non-physical practice of yoga of devotion). But I can extend this to what I do at home:

I think I will ask my knee how it is doing during certain points in my physical practice and write down the answers ... every time.

In my little green bound composition book, I have already written:

1st two segments, slight workaround for knee. Rearranging allows for recovery from pain ...

Can't allow hips and lower back to overcompensate (again) for the knee ...

Smiling in downdog towards the end of my first active segment of the sequence ...


Aging yoginis never die, they just fade away to places like conscious dance ...

I'm relegated to Hemalayaa's offering on Amazon Unbox, the Bollywood Boogie Workout. It's kinder on my knees than the Bollywood Dance that I was doing from a yoga video download site ... and it reminds me SO much of my Patricia Moreno dvd "Cardio Burn Yoga" ... you just have to see it ... positive affirmations up the yin-yang, but with an East Indian flair ...

Yesterday, I did Bollywood Boogie, it is so easy to do just half of it (such as I'd done the other day) and and in some warm-down stretches. The night before that one, I had done 95 minutes of S.E.A. Change (yoga style formerly known as S2BS) ... but the idea of checking-in after modifying my entry to pigeon pose had not crystallized itself yet at that time, bad knee or not ..

.Hmmm ....
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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/21/2012 11:14PM

    Way too listen to your body and continuing your practice!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/15/2012 9:36PM

    You have shown some amazing self-discipline to do all this at home. It sounds like you are making the adjustments needed so that you can continue training. Way to go.

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