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 YogaDownload.com audio). Before that it had been a week. Now before you go thinking it was all for nothing, please hear my
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 YogaDownload.com. 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.
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)?