Friends and Kitties!
It's been nearly a year since I was able to resume exercising after fracturing my kneecap. You never realize how much effort it takes to simply move across the room until you break something important. Overall, I'd say the rehab has been more painful than the actual injury--limping and favoring one side of my body for several months atrophied the muscles and tendons on my left side visibly. Seriously, my pants were looser on my left leg than my right, and I had (still have, occasionally) chronic lower back pain from the unevenness in my frame.
Last year I started practicing yoga, and I'd been at it about twelve weeks when I had my accident in May. I enjoyed it so much though that I knew I'd resume it just as soon as I could, and when I went down to Arizona to visit my parents the following October I went to a couple of classes with my Mom (thanks Mom!) and that got the ball rolling for me again. As long as I respected my knee's edge I was safe. And oh, how I love it. The past year has been a revelation in what my body can do--me, almost 52, learning to do a headstand in the middle of the room! I am amazed and proud of myself. I've gone at least twice a week for an entire year now and I'm happy to report that my knee is at 100%, and the back/hip pain no longer distracts me enough to deter a good night's sleep or a long walk. I go to a great studio with small classes and wonderful teachers where there's lots of hands-on adjustments and feedback--it's an incredibly warm and nurturing place for the body and soul.
On the days I don't go to a formal class I like to practice at home, even if it's only for twenty minutes because 1) it's so energizing, and 2) I know that if I don't keep my hip limber I'll suffer that evening--pain is such a powerful motivator!
So I thought I'd toot my own horn for 90 seconds and do a Sun Salutation for you.
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It gives me such joy to practice.
Thanks for letting me share!
XX Sheebie SS