general blather, self-talk

Sciatica again, dang

I don’t know why the sciatica is back in full force.  I’m working on the sciatica sequence in Yoga:  The Path to Holistic Health, by B.K.S. Iyengar.  I am modifying it as I can with the poses in Light on Yoga.  I’m not going to list all of these, but boy oh boy there are some very challenging poses in that list!  

I’m also lying on either a small inflatable ball or on a Sacro-Wedgy right before Savasana (corpse).  My plan is to be in better shape before I go to Maine in two weeks.

When I started this post I referred to “my sciatica.”  On rereading it, I changed it to “the sciatica”.  I’m not interested in taking ownership of this discomfort.  I’ll just let it roll on through me and away.

2 thoughts on “Sciatica again, dang”

  1. Did you get a tilt table? If not, and if it works for your joints, when you come here let’s get you up on ours, and see if that helps.

    The nerve of that nerve! Hope it feels better soon.

  2. In Bernie Clark’s wonderful book YinSights, he says, “Sarah Powers notes that bringing the bent knee more to the chest can relieve sciatica.” This is included in the benefits section for the Reclining Twist pose, which is among the 25 Yin Yoga poses described in the book. Reclining Twist is similar to bent-legged Jathara Parivartanasana, but with the thigh of the lower leg in line with the trunk and the lower part of that leg at 90 degrees to the thigh. The arms form an L with the same-side arm of the bent-leg (top leg) extended straight on the floor above the head; other arm as usual out to the side. I’ll photocopy the page for you.

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