“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Coming back to the mat daily after being sick for over a month has been incredibly frustrating. I feel weak. I feel tight. Since working on leg strengthening and opening last week, my knee has been killing me. I was overzealous, and it did not serve me well. This is why you should listen to your body . I am eager to get back into my routine of flowing on the mat. This is undoubtedly a practice in patience.
In order to try to make the most of this situation, I’m working on my upper body strength and flexibility. Push-ups, pull-ups – they are my nemesis. Cow face arms – it’s taken me a year to touch my fingers behind my back – and that’s only on one side! However, given that I’m giving my knee a break, I know this is the perfect opportunity to work on strengthening and opening my shoulders.
When I tried this pose, puppy pose a year ago, my chest was inches away from the floor. I have definitely found some space with consistent practice. This progress is my motivation as I ease back into a daily practice. I have to keep reminding myself that these obstacles are not blocking my journey – they are the journey.
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