Crutches Art can be quite whimsical – 2020 just keeps ravaging on.
Ironically this proves how Yoga is one of the most ideal practice to hold onto – yes, we need Balance, Strength, and Flexibility. This predicament proves how just couple of days of not doing serious yoga home practice has led to this accident – as yoga culivates proprioception, our body awareness vis-a-vis all the obstacles around us these days – when we have to scurry around like hamsters in grocery isles to give each other that “social distance”, when a small mindless task now takes sooo long and arduous. So exhausting and time-consuming but yes, it beats the risks of getting infected. Also, on a practical side, yoga just requires such small space – a plot of earth or a mat – a tree or a wall would be nice – basically, you can do it anywhere without an equipment – Just need your mind and body, that’s all … and the rest follows. You can get a Cardio workout out of yoga if that’s what’s desired – it’s not just for stretching – if you incorporate the flow, you can get a bit more vigorous if that’s what you seek – or slow it down for a more soothing, tender, softening practice – there’s this huge wide spectrum that we can dial up and dial down to. Your heart-rate and your breathe – we are enpowered to access. It’s a beautiful life long practice – Hightly Recommended !
Those of us “fortunate” enough to have remote work may realize all the sitting and lounging while on screen can be weakening our muscles and connective tissues. Walks and Runs are nice but watch out for repetitive motion stress when our muscles and connective tissues/fascia are not intelligently engaged – When one is cooped up due to Spare the Air days, we are so excited to rush out to breathe the GREEN CODED good Air Quality Index air, right? But then … without daily YOGA or proper Warm-Up stretching, we are vulnerable to injuries if we suddenly jump out, unleasing our pent-up energy, ramp up to pre-Covid regimen. This is what happens when someone who does daily fitness ritual goes cold turkey for about 10 days due to family emergency and then … gets back to the active life. Accidents happen …
There’s still so many yoga you can do with a little injury – all the floor based, sitting and supine poses – we can still move dynamically with the breathe and engage our core. I am not giving up. It’s all possible – we just have to think more and negotiate with our body, lovingly with acceptance.
We all have a powerful healer within aided by the best medicine … that of time and patience.
(and kind MD and PT, always valued and appreicated:)