Yesterday I did about 6 sun salutes. It was my first time since having the fistula surgery on June 14. I was pretty sure they would be ok because I’ve been able to get on hands and knees with no discomfort and my arm is feeling pretty strong. I don’t know how many I can handle right now, but just to do a few feels like real progress. Technically, at this point after surgery I’m supposed to working at squeezing a ball to build the strength back up, but I feel that I know my body pretty well and know my limitations. The week after surgery the nurse who checked my strength was pretty amazed so I figured I’d be quick to heal. I’m not where I was, no question, but I’m feeling far more confident that I’ll get there.
So, sun salutes, if you aren’t aware, are the warm up flow for yoga classes. They’re intense for some, especially if you have trouble getting from standing to a low position and back up in a relatively short time frame. There are ways to modify, of course, and if you do have trouble with them in a yoga class, you should take a modified version so that you don’t injure yourself and can still feel successful in the class. If that’s you I highly recommend asking the teacher for modifications prior to class. One of the most challenging parts of yoga is staying where you are physically capable and ignoring what others are doing. Basically, not judging yourself based on where others are in their journey. Yoga is a very personal practice and it’s one that can be done with various practice levels in the same space. That can be inspirational to some and scary as hell for others. When you are able to let go of what you think the expectations of the class, yourself and your teacher are, you are honouring your own spirit and your body. It’s then that ‘yoga’ starts happening.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about sun salutes, visit my entry on them here. This is the sequence for Surya namaskar (sun salutes) A: