On Monday, I pulled my back. You’d think that as someone who’s had back problems since I was a teenager, I’d have figured out how to protect my lower back by my mid-30s, but NOPE. APPARENTLY NOT.
It was a series of completely preventable events.
-Go running 4 miles on Sunday for the first time in ??????? ??????? ?????????? Do a very quick stretch, shower, and hop on a 2-hour Zoom workshop afterward and neglect to stretch again.
-Select a yoga video the next morning that inadvertently skips a warmup, which would have been extremely beneficial for tight hamstrings.
-Bend over for Standing Splits pose and yep…there goes my back.
I’m a big believer in active recovery (if safe and possible), so I’ve been taking (very slow), short walks around the neighborhood and stretching in the mornings with yoga videos. I have been trying to find restorative practices for back pain, but it’s hard! Have any of these instructors experienced significant lower back pain?
-Bridge pose is the very last thing I want to do when I can barely walk, thanks.
-No, I’m not going to contort my body into a deep stretching pose because the entire point is that I CANNOT MOVE MY BODY.
Instead of “Yoga for Back Pain,” my search terms should probably be along the lines of “YOGA FOR WHEN YOU CAN BARELY STAND UP STRAIGHT.”
I typed this into YouTube and the first video that popped up was a headstand tutorial. Nope, I’m good, thanks.