general blather, poses


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I just realized I could go back over my posts from earlier this year to see what helped the sciatica before.  It’s just as painful now as it was then, BUT my shoulders, arms, hands, knees and feet are almost back to normal.  That’s a big help!  Last time I had sciatica from the end of May to the end of August.  I think it will be shorter this time (three weeks so far) because the other parts of my body are going to participate in my healing.  My post about face yoga was a particularly good reminder.  Relax that face and neck, puh-leeze.

Right before bed last night I did Trikonasana (triangle) and Parsvakonasana (extended side angle) to see if it would help my leg stay relaxed through the night.  It didn’t quite, so at about 1:30 am I got up and did the same two poses, twice on each side, in the bathroom in the dark.  It was so weird!  Then I went right back to sleep.  

Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Parsvakonasana
Utthita Parsvakonasana
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.

poses, sequences

Boring, not boring

I’ve been doing the same basic sequence for a couple of weeks now.  It’s the one I wrote about before, a combination of the Iyengar sciatica sequence with Sam Dworkis’s Recovery Yoga added in.  It’s good, and I’m happy to be doing it, and I’m not bored.  It just seems boring to write about it again.

I do wonder about the Bikram yoga, where it’s the same sequence forever, no matter how you feel or what you did last time.

A couple of mornings this week I only had time for a teeny bit before my walk, so I did standing poses.  Not boring!  I am always amazed that these poses that I learned in my first intro class can continue to be interesting and challenging.