Checking In: Yoga Challenge

It has been about 10 days since I completed my 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I’ve had a few people ask me how is my yoga going now? Have I kept it up?

The simple answer is, um, not so much. I did practice yesterday for 30 minutes (with a audio). Before that it had been a week. Now before you go thinking it was all for nothing, please hear my excuses reasons.

We went out of town last weekend, so I missed my regular classes at Yoga Central. Yes, I know they have yoga in Ventura and Santa Barbara, and yes, I’m always talking about my love of Well, yes, but, we stayed at a Motel 6 for God’s sake (race announcer accommodations). No floor space, then we were on the go, then we were at our friends’ home, 30 miles east of Santa Barbara, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. At least I got some running in.

Then, last week, for basically two days in a row I was plagued with a migraine. The first day was the bad one, but the next day was no treat either, I felt dehydrated, tired, and out of sorts.

Wow, it’s raining excuses in here.

The main reason though, that I have given yoga a bit of a rest is that I needed to give my body a bit of a rest. I haven’t written about this yet, but it’s an injury that I now have to face up to and deal with. About three weeks ago I tweaked something in my shoulder (I think doing a shoulder press). While I have little or no pain, my arm has been going numb and tingly when I reach in certain positions. I have assumed that I have a pinched nerve.

Yoga Challenge

While yoga is good for my body in so many ways, and I haven’t had any additional problems either during or after class, I felt that the extra stress of certain yoga positions might be contraindicated. I thought that taking some time off might help my recovery.

Well, not much has changed in my week off. I’ve tried rest, ice, heat, massage, trigger point (self administered), all with no improvement. I’m going to have to bite the bullet and make a doctor’s appointment. In the meantime, since it bothers my arm much more to use my mouse than to practice yoga, I’ll probably add yoga back in on a limited basis, with special care paid to positioning and shoulder stress.

So, all the things I said in my wrap up post are still true. I just need to get through my injury to hold myself to it.

Have you dealt with a pinched nerve before? Any suggestions (besides that I should really see a doctor)?

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    • says

      I was running near the Ventura Harbor. My husband was announcing a triathlon there and I ran from the hotel to the event site. We never actually made it to Santa Barbara (except to drive through). Our friends actually live by Santa Ynez.

      I use audios from and love them. I have looked at YogaOnline before. I should take a second look.
      Debbie recently posted..Checking In: Yoga ChallengeMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks, I’ve had migraines for so long that it’s hard to remember a time when I didn’t get them.

      I really love flow yoga, but that means tons of chaturangas and down dogs, which I’m sure aren’t the best for my shoulder. Best I get the shoulder working right so can do the yoga I love.
      Debbie recently posted..Checking In: Yoga ChallengeMy Profile

  1. says

    Sorry to hear about your injury and while I have no advice, just wanted to stop by and give you some luv! Hope the doc has an answer/solution for you. I was a yoga addict when I lived in CA (pre-Weasel), but now I just don’t seem to find the time for it. Sad. But we’re moving from NC to DC at the end of the summer, and I WILL find a studio to go to.
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