Yesterday I had a minor breakthrough during yoga; I finally felt comfortable in fish pose. Most people don’t find this to be a particularly difficult pose, but my lower back doesn’t bend. When I was a teenager, I had back surgery for scoliosis, and my lower 6 vertebrae were fused together. Mostly this is a great thing, I would otherwise have a crooked spine. Also, I’m less likely to have back problems in the future as I age. The downside is that I do have reduced flexibility. In reality it’s almost never an issue, my body has compensated and my hips are more flexible. But there are a few poses, not necessarily difficult ones, that I feel uncomfortable in, or just get no benefit from.
Yesterday, during a yin class (deep stretching), I tried it with the blocks in different positions than I had previously, and was able to finally feel some benefit and gentle stretching in my middle and upper back. It continually surprises me how my body keeps getting stronger and more flexible, in addition to the mental benefits. This is also a great example of how yoga translates to life, accepting your weaknesses doesn’t mean accepting defeat.
Do you practice yoga? What are your favorite type of classes? What do you struggle with?
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