Standing forehead pose - yoga

Awake with Lauri

AWAKE: to wake up; rouse from sleep

I sleep so much better in the early morning hours so getting out of bed is difficult. However, I was so excited for this day to arrive…the first Monday of the New Year.

Our friends spent the long weekend with us at our beach home and left this morning. My plan was to eat healthy, exercise, and be Awake –to rouse to action; become active.  This is pretty normal for most of my days so when I have party weekends, I really look forward to getting back on track.

It was raining today so I bundled up and headed out to my local hot yoga class.  I’ve had to modify many yoga poses because I have herniated discs in my lumbar spine. I need surgery to repair, but I am currently not a surgical candidate.  Walking and yoga have really helped me keep my pain at a bearable level.

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Me doing yoga!

 

When doing yoga, there are many modifications and some poses that I know I shouldn’t do at all and so I don’t do them.  Today, I was feeling really strong and thought I’d try “standing forehead to knee” pose or in yoga language “Dandayamana Janushirasana. “

My daughter Kaylee is a yoga teacher in Sydney, Australia. This is her beautiful, standing forehead to knee pose.

Standing forehead pose - yoga
Today, I was feeling really strong and thought I’d try “standing forehead to knee” pose or in yoga language “Dandayamana Janushirasana. .My daughter Kaylee is a yoga teacher in Sydney, Australia. This is her beautiful, standing forehead to knee pose.

Kaylee told me specifically how to do poses safely and which ones to eliminate. Do you think I listened?

People with herniated discs (like me) should never attempt forward folding postures, or at least always bend their knees.  I knew that, but I didn’t do what I should have done.  Trying that forehead to knee position caused me to slip my discs into a pretty intolerable pain level.

I spent the rest of the day on ice and I shed some tears of disappointment.  I knew I shouldn’t have tried this pose.

Ugh!  I even thought I might ski this weekend. Well I got that answer, “NO you are not skiing!”  Perhaps eventually I will be awake to the reality of my life.

AWAKE: to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant 

I will work on becoming cognizant on what this 50-year-old body is able to do. Setting small goals, smiling through the pain and celebrating the miracles God has given me in my life.

 

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