I’m sitting here on my couch munching on plantain fries and feeling deliciously sore from yesterday’s Anusara yoga class. It’s been over a month since I’ve attended any of my usual yoga classes, and oh man I can feel it! Sure I’ve been doing my usual stretches and poses a couple times a week in the steam room but it isn’t the same as practicing for a full hour and a half.
I’m happy to report that I am totally recovered from my sciatica pain from January. I believe I overextended my back in an Ashtanga class one day, and it kept getting more painful and inflamed as time wore on. It eventually hurt to even put on socks.
Thank God I decided to lay off of yoga for awhile and take time to heal. I didn’t work out (except do therapeutic poses and stretches) for about a month and then I started lifting weights in the gym once a week. I did a lot of core-strengthening exercises (pilates helped a lot!) which reinforced my back muscles. Core muscles are so important to posture, which helps to heal sciatica pain. Although I never went to see my doctor, I don’t believe I had a slipped disc.
I’m glad I was able to learn this lesson now at a young age instead of continuing to practice the way I was (all or nothing) until I REALLY hurt myself. It was just life giving me a warning sign, like ‘Hey girlfriend, lay off the ego and go at your own pace. Stop trying to force your way into deep poses that you might not be able to do TODAY!’
Thanks life. And thank you duck fat for making my plantain fries even more delicious.