(I wrote this for Instagram. This is the first physical routine I have done since my surgery, 3 weeks ago. Yes, I was doing a bit here and there but post-surgery, you’re supposed to wait 4-6 weeks. Yes, I’m stubborn but I’ve been doing #yoga since I first woke up from surgery. More on that later…)
I started with tadasana (mountain pose) for a minute. I wanted to feel #calm in all the parts of my body. Then I went into Warrior 1. Ujjayi breath throughout. As I went into Warrior 2, I took my time to adjust. My foot length was slightly longer but I brought it back in (safety). Whenever I felt pain or discomfort, I adjusted my back leg, made sure my front knee/hip were in the proper position and breathed gently but deep into my battle scar. I did this vinyasa 3 times on both sides. On the other side, I started to feel the anger rise. I questioned myself each time and breathed loving energy into my scar. My mind and emotions got quiet again.
Then I got my blankets. The flat blanket was for my knees. The rolled blanket was for my feet. I got onto all fours. Painful in itself but breathing and adjusting made it better. I did some cat/cow pose, extra gentle, making sure I didn’t strain. Then I went into downward dog. As I pressed my feet onto the blanket, I felt good. I was able to relax and adjust my shoulders and lengthen my spine. Then I bent my knees, leaning back further. I started to feel pain and anger. Instead of coming out, I breathed slowly and lifted my chest. I spread my fingers wide and lifted my heart. I then did another vinyasa…downward dog with bent knees, bringing my butt to my heels and then straightening my knees. It felt wonderful. Without thinking, I went into child’s pose. My ankles were over the blanket, my knees wide apart. I stayed there for 2 minutes. Then instinctively, I slowly got up, sat down and meditated in a cross-legged position.
All this time, I meditated in bed. As my mind realized what happened, something deep within said, “thank you. For taking your time with me. I appreciate your #patience and #kindness. I love that you care for me.”
It’s amazing how much we take our bodies, ourselves, for granted. What would have taken me 10 minutes to do was an awesome 30 minute practice. My body is grateful, my spirit is thankful and my mind is in a quiet bliss. Jai! (which means “Victory” in Sanskrit.)
Stay strong, stay healthy, and fight dis-ease!