Eagle

Woke up curious to see if there was any additional information to be gleaned via next-day soreness. Not really. My abs were sore in an interesting way. Not the external obliques, and now that I look up some anatomy online, I think it wasn’t the obliquus internus, either. Maybe the transversalis fascia!

Deep, anyhow.

Also sore: my traps, in the back, up kind of high. This is pretty much my stress supersite, so not an unusual place for soreness. Surely I have retinaculae like crazy in the supersite.

NO lumbar soreness at all. Nada.

Good news.

Was I still feeling a bit apprehensive as I approached the kapo machine? Indeed. Did I think about skipping it entirely? Yup.

Will the birdie be eagle or bogey??? (Yes, people in my family play golf.)

In UHP, I realized that I was thinking in full concepts very low under the radar. What I mean is that I felt totally focused on breath, bandhas and driste, my mind was soft, and then I heard, deep in the background, a full rationale for skipping the kapo machine this morning. And the whole thought took just a split second.

Whoa, whoa, there, I told myself. What’s the dealio?

Here were the thoughts that tried to slip past my conscious mind in one barely visible bunch:

  • What if you hurt yourself? You didn’t yesterday but maybe you will today.
  • You should listen to your fear; it’s there for a reason.
  • What if it’s not as deep a pose as it was yesterday? Isn’t there such a thing as a rebound effect from stretching?
  • What if you’re making yourself LESS flexible by traumatizing your body?
  • Then there was a quiet: It’ll be okay.

    Nice. At least my subconscious is attempting some positive self-talk.

    So of course I did the kapotasana. I knew I’d be more unhappy about not trying than I would be uncomfortable in the pose.

    I aligned my lower legs and pressed through my feet as a kind of psychological talisman, and went for it.

    And you know what? It felt really good.

    I guess yesterday really was an opening.

    I looked at the floor next to my mat, and had to smile at my new notebook. A Kali notebook.

    And I felt the familiar sense of peace sweeping through me — the sweet feeling you get after meeting a challenge. At 6 AM. In the dark. In your own house. With no one watching.

    LOL! Why do we do this again?

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    One Response

    1. hi Karen

      as they say, at least you had an opening and not a breaking.

      hugs
      Arturo

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