The Day after

super yoga woman, originally uploaded by WillShoot.

I like Yoga. I am doing it regularly, every Wednesday. I found out that it is the best way to do something for my back.

Well, as I said, I went to my yoga class on last Wednesday. Everything went fine. As every Wednesday I felt refreshed after class.
The day after was an ordinary 7-hours-sitting-at-the-computer-day. Everybody has to get up during such a day (actually I had to go to open the door for someone). Ouuuch! I had the feeling as if someone had thrown a hammer into my back. I very slowly limped to the door.

Later on in the evening (back was still hurting quite a lot) I tried to find out the reasons for the pain in my back. I went through the exercises we had done on Wednesday. One of them had been some sort of try-to-look-behind-your-right-shoulder-and-watch-your-left-ankle-thing. When doing it, I already had some funny feeling, but wanting to compete with the other people I had exceeded the limits of my body.

So there’s the lesson I learned: Listen to your body! Even if all the other people in the crowd do it: it is your body, and you are responsible for it!

About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

3 responses to “The Day after”

  1. Joanna Young says :

    An important if painful lesson Ulla!

    I was lucky to have had a very good Yoga teacher who drummed into us time and again that we had to go at our own limits – this was the way to learn, and respect our bodies

  2. Ken Allan says :

    Kia ora Ulla

    Good one!

    I used to run marathons. I followed Arthur Lydiard’s book RUN. Among other wonderful advice, it contains numerous schedules for training for different events.

    Some of my marathon running friends were amused at my passion for Lydiard’s book and pulled me up when I chose not to follow the schedule on a particular day, saying that I wasn’t really following Lydiard’s book.

    I was quick to cite the pages, and there were many, where Lydiard said explicitly that the schedules were guides and that following the feelings of one’s body was more important than following a schedule rigidly.

    Catchya later
    fro Middle-earth

  3. Robyn McMaster says :

    Ulla, I find that when I get in flow on my computer, I tend to stay in my chair more than I should. And it can make the pain that I once had with sciatica rear it’s ugly head.

    We need blood flow for circulation to make both body and brain work well. So I now set timer and do simple exercise such as going up and down stairs, shoveling drive or doing a bit of house work. I notice the difference on days I neglect it.

    I do hope you can resolve this. You are so right… You have to find the kind of exercise that works well for you. I love brisk walks, even when it’s cold. They really rejuvenate me.

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