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6/6/12 12:02 A

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Sorry for the soccer practice and hooray for your Chakra class!!! Congrats for that nice feeling being back in your mat!!!! wow!!!

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

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If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

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6/5/12 8:49 A

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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 :)

-Dennis-


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4/16/12 11:50 P

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You are on the road to recovery, good luck. Take care, baby steps! Namaste!

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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4/13/12 8:14 P

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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.

~Namaste~


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4/13/12 6:18 P

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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.

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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4/12/12 10:22 A

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wow I didn't even know it would be possible for it to pop off like that. I hope that you are back onto the mat very quickly I'm sure it will bring peace to your life once again.

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4/11/12 2:00 A

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Wow, Dennis! What a journey! Congrats on the weight loss - that's awesome!! If nothing else, be sure to enjoy a good Savasana pose now and then ;-)



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4/10/12 5:18 P

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Best wishes to you -- I especially like the idea of a "treatmill"!! Great way to think of it!!

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
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4/10/12 1:15 P

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So glad you found relief. Let us know how it is getting back on the mat. I imagine you will love it.

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4/10/12 8:34 A

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Wow that must have been painful. I am glad that you got it taken care of and that you are bouncing back. Welcome to the team and I hope you get to find your mat soon :)

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4/10/12 7:57 A

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Hi,

I'm Dennis. 51 year old married father of 10.

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.

~Namaste~


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