I've had a strange month of next to NO exercise after a painful fall on my coccyx in early June thanks to rollerblading. I was forced to rest and be off my feet during the first few weeks (very difficult for me) and even then, in the weeks that followed, I was going through a lot of pain every day and had to take it easy. Today for the first time in more than a month, I did my Rodney Yee AM Yoga class and started back on a routine of working out ... every day ... I hope. I've done his yoga class on my living room floor for a few years, and I'm always glad to start the day with it.
In the meantime, Rodney Yee's been a lot busier than I have, doing yoga, teaching yoga and now ... he's blogging! He's just launched a new blog over at Yahoo Health Expert Blogs. I think healthcare and blogs go hand-in-hand and that we will see many more communities of wellness using blogging as a natural way to connect.
This morning as I unrolled my mat and got down on the floor (something I could barely do a month ago), I was so grateful that I'm well enough to work out again, glad I had the time to think about my life, and optimistic that I can rebuild my strength to where I was before I fell.
When you do a regular workout practice every day, you quickly notice which parts of your body are tense, which muscles are strained or injured, and where you need to focus. Today, I expected a lot of pain and tightness in my coccyx, pelvis, glutes.
What surprised me more than anything was how injured MY BREATHING was. This may sound strange, but I noticed I was breathing very unevenly and in a shallow, fearful way, as if each breath might result in a sharp new pain. If you've done even a small amount of yoga, you know the ability to breathe deeply matters a lot. And you know that excellence in your life is helped immeasurably by a foundation of physical wellness. So I'm truly back at ZERO, as I start today up the ladder towards physical wellness by simply remembering how to breathe.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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