09 August, 2013

Never know what to expect so don't expect anything

Today was power vinyasa with Elizabeth Thomas.

I wasn't sure how it would go. After last night's discomfort doing "gentle yoga" I half wondered if I would be able to do the class. But, sure enough, I showed up and everything felt pretty much fine, save for the conscious choice not to do any twists. I put myself at the back of the room so that I wouldn't be a spectacle, had I needed to modify extensively. But I pretty much did the class, and it pretty much didn't hurt. I don't really know what to make of it. I have had the doctors describe to me what's going on in there, but I hadn't seen it for myself, so it's just medical-speak. If you go by "how it feels" I would have to just say it feels like I have a mild injury to my low back. Certainly it is not as painful as things that have been going on with my shoulder, wrist, knee, groin, etc. at various other times. 

I didn't think it would be possible for me to take ET's classes on Friday anymore, since it's the 4pm class, and I am not "way over in Fremont" (which is really only 2.4 miles away but, from the commute perspective, can be as much as a 30-40 minute drive at the wrong time of day). But one of the benefits of collaborating with folks in London is that I can set up an early meeting, get to work at 7:15, and if you add 8 hours to that, you're looking at a respectable 3:30 departure on Friday. Not too shabby. Not that I am on an 8 hour time clock, but it still is a principle that is best upheld. So it felt like a "special" occasion to take Elizabeth's class, and I was happy to have the opportunity to speak with her for a while after class about random stuff, ranging from yoga to non-yoga.

My low back often feels better after class than it did before. Even though I think that the forward folding or whatever is going to make it really hurt, or be bad for me, I find that I feel more pain-free after class than before. And I have already told you that my pain is minimal anyway, so I would have thought (if I hadn't had an MRI) that I am basically okay. Doing well. Getting better. Just a little flare-up.

I've felt emotional in class lately. I like my life right now. A lot of things are going the way I want them to be going. I want to continue to focus on what is good, what is right, what is working. But it's important for me not to ignore the things that need addressing. And right now, it's just one thing.

That's all I've got to say about this one. Wish I could be more profound.

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