I’m Broken. #NamasteTuesday

My back is injured. This has seriously got to be one of the stupidest, most embarrassing injuries ever. I didn’t have bad form during a workout. I didn’t bend too far during yoga. I didn’t fall. I hurt my lower back from being a lazy ass and lounging on the couch. I am not joking.

About a month ago we bought a new couch. It’s one of those that has the chaise on one side. This last weekend my daughter had a birthday party and I spent quite a lot of time watching movies while she and her little friends stayed up all night. I wasn’t always laying on the chaise. A lot of the time I was sitting and the spot I chose to sit in made my butt kinda sink down into the couch. Imagine my body in a little bit of a V shape. Just enough to cause strain on my lower back. Only problem is that I had no idea I was injuring myself until it was too late.

Let me tell you, this is no laughing matter. I cannot do normal stuff. I can’t bend forward, I have to squat. I can’t lean at all. You should see me trying to go to the bathroom; I have to sort of lean to the side and lift my feet up just so that I can reach my underwear. In the shower I have to have one hand on the wall to hold me up while I try to reach down to dry off. If there was any one thing worse than all this… I can’t do yoga. This could possibly be the most frustrating thing ever and it’s totally driving me crazy.

I think what is frustrating me the most is that yoga SHOULD be something I can do to stretch out and heal myself. But I think I did something to my bones not my muscles. I try so hard to breathe and fold a little deeper but I get to a certain point and I can’t breathe anymore because I am in pain. I can’t reach down to touch my toes, and if I do try to slowly make my way down, I have to squat and put my hands on my knees to get back up. Basically, I cannot use my back. It’s really terrible.

So why am I telling you all this? One, I am just being real and venting a bit. But second, I am telling you because it’s important to know how critical posture is to your everyday well being. If I had just sat up straight, or even decided to lie down, this post would not be titled “I’m Broken” and I wouldn’t be mad that I can’t do yoga. My advice to you today….sit up straight, stretch, be active. Enjoy yourself but don’t get too lazy.

Ugh, enough bad crap. Here’s some good yoga stuff.
First, I got a new tapestry in the mail yesterday for my yoga room. This will surprise you…doing that backbend didn’t hurt one bit.

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You guys know I was doing a pincha instagram challenge this month. It was so much fun. I learned all kinds of things and tried sooooo many new things. I have a ton of new goals to work towards this year. Below is me doing the splits while inverted (with a Georgie cameo). I need to work on my splits while sitting. I actually had a dream last night about being able to do the splits.

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This was my favorite from the challenge. The last day’s pose was “yogi’s choice” and I chose scorpion. I tried a number of times to get it where I wanted but I just wasn’t satisfied. I read a post from one of the hosts that said, “Give it all you got today.” That was all I needed. I switched to the front-facing camera so that I could see myself and BOOM! Best scorpion ever!!

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I even felt a little piece of my hair on my toe.

And just to connect this with the title…how did this not break me but my effing couch did? GAH! Can you tell I’m frustrated?

Tonight I teach my chair yoga class but I think it will be a lot more talking and a lot less actual yoga. I’m thinking also that tonight will be the last time we do our regular routine. I have been sticking with the same routine each week to get everyone comfortable with yoga, most are newbies, but I think it’s time to add in more stuff. I think it’s getting close to the time where we may be able to stop using the chair as an actual chair and more of just a crutch. We shall see.

Happy Tuesday!!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. sylviaq
    Jan 31, 2017 @ 18:11:29

    Ouch! Feel better. I am not surprised back bending didn’t hurt. It is as though you went through a spinal traction. I would see a doctor and check if that self treatment is advisable. The Total Gym always helped me when I had hurt my back and I used that in Physical Therapy.

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