Battle Scars

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on your way down” Jigar Gor.

This is one of the many quotes I like about Yoga. Indeed, it is not just simply touching your toes or getting into a headstand right away. It is what you learned on your way to achieving a certain asana. But these are not just good and memorable journeys because there are, bad ones too. Yes, the “ouch-im-injured-I-cannot-do-yoga” ones.

YTT entails a dreadful amount of strengthening exercises, stretching and weight bearing poses. Like a soldier going to war, one of the casualties is always the wrist. Though I have never had wrist injuries (knock on wood), having it or even aggravating wrist injuries can happen in a snap while practicing an asana. Aside from wrists, sore muscles are also expected from head to foot. Others may also experience torn hamstrings, sore knees and such. My battle scars are nothing like that. I find it funny and peculiar to experience an injured left ring finger and some blisters (eventually skin peeling off) my elbows.

My elbow blister problem was solely due to practicing pincha mayurasana for days. It is one of the poses that i really love to nail but difficult to achieve. There have been tremendous improvements from the past few months that I’m trying to practice it but then the momentum stopped because of the wound. I couldn’t hold on to the pose when I lift my legs up because it’s too much for me. By now I learned that pain is temporary but suffering is optional. And it’s the latter that Im feeling.

For my sore or injured ring finger though, during the start of the teaching week, although my fingers are widely spread into the mat, my fingers turn to curl so that my fingertips can grip strongly to the mat. My classmates kept pressing it down though gently but after so much finger adjustments I guess my ring finger just got into coma. lol But it’s not really broken. Just a little injured.

The remedy of all battle scars? REST

Sometimes you gotta sit it out and let your body heal itself. There is a certain threshold that your body can carry and going beyond that is detrimental. It can cause further injuries which may require rehabilitation or even injuries. It may seem like taking a backseat but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, setbacks in your practice may mean your body will come back stronger because it is well rested and muscles develop even better.