The return to my mat got delayed a bit by kids sports. This time of year is insane. Two playing soccer and one playing baseball. We're lucky if there is one free night a week.
But it's been raining for days so Soccer practice was cancelled last night and there was a 7pm heated Chakra class with one of my favorite instructors. It was so good to be back in the studio breathing and sweating and feeling my body become alive on my mat.
I was even able to find boat for a brief period. Just so long as I kept my weight on my sits bones and not what is left of my tail bone :)
current weight: 228.0
Fitness Minutes: (183,860) Posts: 7,431 4/16/12 11:50 P
Thanks for the support everyone. The last 9 days have not been as bad as I'd thought. I see a Nurse Practitioner on Tuesday and find out if I'm cleared to begin exercising again. For now I've just been walking a couple of miles each day and have only gained 3lbs. I asked about PT during the surgical consult and they said there wasn't anything they would prescribe.
As for the road back I have a tentative map. My plan is to go back to the elliptical and treadmill and these will be my initial focus next week. The studio I practice at has classes at various levels. So, when I feel I'm ready, I'll start with some of the gentle and beginner classes. It will be good to go back to a structured, guided practice to make sure my form doesn't suffer.
My expectations are that standing postures shouldn't be too difficult. It's the twists and seated postures I'll need to feel my way through. As my favorite instructor says, "you just need to find your intelligent edge". I don't have much of an ego on the mat so I'll stay within my limits and find child's pose when I need to.
current weight: 228.0
Fitness Minutes: (183,860) Posts: 7,431 4/13/12 6:18 P
Painful journey, hope the surgery will allow you to be closer to your mat, congratulations on your weight loss. Does your doctor have some physical therapy for you? or how are you going to go back to yoga, savasana and mountain poses? best wishes.
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current weight: 114.6
Fitness Minutes: (6,365) Posts: 705 4/12/12 10:22 A
Over 5 years ago my wife dragged me grumbling the whole way to my first yoga class. No one was more surprised than I at how it fit like a glove. It didn't matter that my knees ached and I had no flexibility. From the moment I settled into my first (not so) easy pose I was addicted to two heated hatha classes a week. Yoga never did anything for my weight but it sure helped with everything else.
Six months ago I was in downward dog, tilted my sacrum to the ceiling and felt a pop in my tailbone. The last two segments of my coccyx, previously broken in a sledding mishap with the kids 18 years before, detached itself from the end of my spine. No more could I sit or find my boat or many other poses. I struggled through hoping it would heal but it simply would not. Sadly I had to leave my precious practice.
Since the beginning of the year I have been on a quest to shed 60lbs. Without yoga I have been focusing instead of ellipticals, treatmills and outdoor activities. So far I have lost 40 and I am in my best shape since the 90s.
But my coccyx would not heal. So after xrays, cortisone shots and consultations I had the coccyx removed on 4/4. Yesterday, 5 days post-op, I managed to walk 2 miles. Today I hope to walk 2 more. The pain of surgery is subsiding and with it the hope that every step I take will bring me that much closer to my mat again.
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