My Resequenced Yoga Practice--Warning: Arthritis Talk
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This is not funny. I had trouble getting into pigeon pose on my right side, unless I rode the side of a foam yoga block alllll the way in. Searing, sharp pain on my right knee which has the problem. Cannot torque the knee at all without some kind of pain. The prophylactic use of the China Gel, not for self-mortification purposes in practice, but to possibly prevent arthritis pain before it flares up, wore off about an hour into my 90 minute practice.
Trial and error informs my home yoga practice now.
I think I should have had my (rhythmic, melodic) music CD on in the background, to help my mind deal with the pain. But I was trying out more complex choreography with slower pace in my sequence (new).
And my finale is forever changed: I wonder if Supta Padangusthasana is best done with a strap. Mat pilates is big on the use of straps for such things as that and forward bends. Doing yoga at home raises more questions than it answers.
With my newly worsened knee problem, it looks like I have to use straps more, in off-label but more therapeutic ways (such as to prevent hyperextension or hyperflexion, rather than to deepen the stretch in the interests of finding an edge that is now compromised by painful infirmity, such that you don't even know if the edge is transcendable because you feel the pain in early, abnormal ways
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