Parsva Bakrasana


Walk this wayAfter 20 years of practice, and lots of tweaks, bumps and bruises along the way, I got a kinda serious injury. I taught a class Monday morning and did a demo of parsva bakasana about 4 or 5 times. It was a large class so I went to each side of the room and was offering guidance to those attempting to take flight. Well, during one of my flights I pressed my right elbow into my left knee rather than into my thigh. I WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION. Alas, knees don’t like to move laterally. I thought I could walk it off– I just felt a slight tinge of discomfort– and I proceeded to walk a mile. Later I thought maybe a massage would help– it didn’t. Yesterday, I went in for acupuncture– 💘— but my knee continued to swell to the size of a cantaloupe and could only flex about 90°. I googled… I looked at my kinesiology books, my yoga books and decided I probably needed some guidance from conventional medicine. While examining my knee, the doctor exclaimed “oh wow!” I gently encouraged her to give me her best poker face and noted that her alarm did not instill a sense of calm in her patient. We both laughed. She practices yoga and knew the pose I did during my injury. Parsva BakasanaThankfully, the orthopedist doesn’t think anything is torn and, judging from the x-ray, my knee will heal in about a week. So, no padmasana or virasana for me for a while. On the plus side, I got to check out Kaiser’s new hospital– it’s lovely– and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. There’s a garden and a prayer/ meditation room. I’m thankful for Lyft and the kind drivers who opened the door for me and wished me well. I’m grateful for ObamaCare, without which, as a yoga teacher, I most likely would not have gone to see a doctor.

RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevation- is my plan for the next few days. Or as much as I can with a 4-year-old! Feeling better already!I will chill out trying to use my knee, willing it to heal, and practice patience (what I said to my class on Monday). I have a cane that I had been using as a yoga prop– more on that later– that I will actually use for its intended purpose. I will update my website, write, do some homework, read, check out Pinterest for some mom ideas, oh, yes, and REST.