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End of Week 3 - Trying to maintain perspective

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Day 17:

Before practice: I was sad that I re-injured my neck - I was sleeping with a u-shaped neck pillow on my back (not my side) and still managed to get hurt, but I have no idea how.
After practice: I decided to take it easy and do some static poses for 10 min to relieve shoulders and do gentle neck releases.  I felt relief and gratitude that I knew enough about my body to pick yoga stretches I found to be most helpful.
 
Day 18:
I meant to do some light yoga after a quick run, but I ended up doing neither - instead I squeezed in a quick round of physical therapy exercises before bed.  Then I learned the hard way after a pretty stubborn headed (on my part) conversation with my husband that I was not doing my physical therapy exercises correctly.  
 
I asked my husband, "How do I differentiate being easy on myself vs. making excuses for not doing yoga / running / physical therapy?"  He agreed I move from the extremes of judging myself too harshly and then being too easy on myself to the point I don't have motivation - currently I'm not trying hard enough. I did not take the news easily because I thought I was lying to myself all last week, patting myself on the pack for being more patient, when I haven't prioritized the most important thing - my health and neck. 
 
So, I guess a better method going forward for me to handle criticism is to remember that any current judgment doesn't take away my past victories.  I wasn't lying to myself, I just didn't know I was doing my exercises incorrectly.
 
Day 19:
Before practice: A little foggy, but, woke up to my alarm to attend a free yoga event in honor of National Yoga month instead of sleeping in.
After practice: Proud of myself for moving forward.  I modified about 75% of my vinyasas to address my wrist pain, but I did some full version ones without pain.  I even attempted side crow, for the second time in my life, and I was able to lift up a foot briefly.
 
I even had my husband check my form for my physical therapy resistance band exercises after. I realized I could approach them more mindfully and contracted slowly.
 
Finally, I looked at the schedule and realized Day 19 was a rest day - I didn't actually miss out on a day then and swapped out day 18 and 19. Funny how things work out.
 
Day 20:
Before practice: Went on "chores" mode, so did Candace's 30 min twists video (for a previous day) while letting something simmer on the stovetop.
After practice: Felt pleased and had some fun with a new pose (sun dial) that was not close at all, but I loved the build up of different stages on how to get there. I also liked this video because we held poses for longer than other vinyasa focused ones.
P.S. The muscles around my armpit have been sore! Yay, I've been doing my physical therapy exercises correctly!
 
Day 21:
Before practice: Tense - long day of sitting at work. My lower back sometimes feels somewhat sharp pain, which was already sore from walking 6+ miles over the weekend (I need to focus more on my posture). The chill out sequence looked perfect for me!
After practice: Head felt clearer after I stood up. The sequence helped release my lower back (it popped when I did the supine spinal twist). I will need to repeat this sequence as breaks from work more often!

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You are really working.  Good for you.  I tend to get a little obsessed with an exercise schedule.  I think it comes from marathon training and other long-term high endurance events.  Lately, I'm trying to listen more to my body and to not stress if I can't get in my run on the day I wanted or if I only have 20 minutes for yoga practice instead of the 45 for which I'd hoped.  I love that a "rest day" is worked in so that I don't let the guilts get to me if I skip.  :)

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One of the hardest things for me is letting myself fully rest on a rest day. I always want to DO something just to feel like I've been productive but in the last few months I've realized that the more I let myself rest, the more improvement I see in things I've focusing on when I step back on the mat or into the gym or whatever it is I'm trying to do. It's definitely taken me a long time to find a balance but it sounds like you're on the right track! <3 

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I agree that resting seems to be an important part of progress. Not related to yoga, but I almost completely stopped playing the flute over the summer, as I'd been having some difficulty with aspects of the irish music I like playing.  After picking it up again those problems have almost gone away.

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