Listen to The Body!!!
Over the past week, I have been focus on taking care my back, particular the area between thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. I have been avoiding deep back bend. I couldn't do it even if I wanted to. I focused a lot on lengthening the spine, lifting the chest and opening up my front body.
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My mid-low back has been bothering me for almost a week now. I knew I was doing something wrong in the backbend, especially in Kapotasana. It was a such deep backbend posture that without proper muscles engagement could easily lead to an injury. I saw the physical therapist last Wednesday. He suggested me to work on opening the front body rather than improving spinal flexibility/mobility, which I had enough for now. He checked the capability of my hip flexion versu leg extension, and found out that the degree of my leg extension was limited compared to the hip flexion. That meant my front body was tighter and prone to collapse around mid-low back area to get into the deep backbend. This was true when seeing myself in Ustrasana. I saw creases around mid-low back area, which was an indication of me "dumping" pressure there and replying the spine to support. In order to protect my back, I had been working on engaging thighs, pushing the hip forward and lifting the upper back and sternum up more. These works would help to take the pressure away from the mid-low back. Maybe I had to back up from Kapotasana or any back bending pose for now, but I knew the works I was doing would pay off one day. My teacher told me last Thursday, "Don't get too attached to the shape of Kapotasana, but work on finding the bandha and lifting the spine up instead."
We all have to listen to our body, not to muscle through asanas if they don't feel right.
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