Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dammit, no more yoga!

So anyway, it turns out I have mechanical sacroiliac joint dysfunction. (SIJ) At least it's not arthritis. I decided to go get it looked at since it's been bothering me for years, and because I keep getting hurt.

But get this: the therapist says I can't do yoga anymore! Or at least not a lot of the poses. She says yoga is for mobility, and I have too much mobility. She doesn't want me doing anything with one leg that I'm not doing with the other leg. For instance, the pose in the picture is a big no-no. I wanted to say, does that mean I have to hop upstairs, but I didn't. Still wondering about that, though. (That would make for an interesting Sunday morning, because the choir loft is three flights up.)

I'm also wondering about the "yoga is for mobility" thing, though. I think there are a lot of strength poses in the yoga I've been doing. Even in the Sun Salutation. It's not for wimps.

And I can't cross my legs anymore either!!! Or stand in that cool model pose with the hand on the hip and the weight on that leg... She says I have to stand in the army at-ease position. Great. That'll look elegant.

So anyway, now I have to do Pilates instead. I changed my Goal 49 to say "Take Pilates classes," and I'm in the process of registering for one, except they have to have my doctor's approval. Bureaucracy... (Speaking of which, did you read this???? Counterbureaucracy Scary!!!)

But here's the good news: Tonight I am going to go see The Nutcracker!!!! (Goal 5) For the first time in my life!! Just one of those weird unexplainable gaps in my musical entertainment experience...

ScottieDog is all excited; he's seen it a bajillion times growing up in Chicago, but I never did except for bits and pieces on TV. I asked him if he minded taking me, but he said "God no!" He explained that it's like having your child's first trip to the zoo: you get excited all vicariously. He did say it was an awfully "girly" ballet.

Again, I have to say I would never have scheduled this, or a lot of the other things I've done in the past year, if it hadn't been for my "101 Goals in 1001 Days" project. I'll be lucky if I get 50% of them done, but just look at what I've accomplished that I might not have done! I got to see Jon Stewart!!!! And the stars!!! (The real ones.)

I'm making a very big effort to get a bunch of them done before the new year. I slacked off majorly here lately, and I have some lost ground to make up for.

I was going to try to do another December of Discipline, but I'm off to a very late start for various reasons, such as SIJ. Still, I think it's a good idea. Get a running start on those New Year's Resolutions with me!!!


Anonymous said...

hmmm... so you have too much movement there? Does that mean your ligaments are too lax?

also the no yoga thing is perplexing. in that warrior II pose you are balanced between your two legs evenly ... just one leg is bent.

Well that sucks. I guess I'll have to find out if there's anything that can be done with massage...

Anonymous said...

just read that it can be from past pregnancies. When the ligaments stretched before and during birth.


POD said...

All right, who told you that you have that syndrome? And why should we believe them? Are you in pain?
What about that buzzword "restorative yoga"?
Why can't you restore whatever's missing?

This getting old stuff is b.s!

I hope you have a fantastic evening!

solarity said...

No yoga? Yes Pilates? But so many of the moves are the same! [puzzled]

At least the at-ease position is good to sing from.

Happy Nutcracker!

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Melissa said...

Yes, it's a loose ligaments thing. *sigh* It made my SI joint go "out."

Yesterday I went to therapy and she said, hey it's still "in" from where they manipulated it to last time, so I must be doing my exercises right.

The therapist said "no lunges." Nothing where I'm not using both legs equally. (Maybe the warrior pose would be okay--hey, if so, then I might still be able to do my yoga DVD...)

Sbanfnyc said...

Well, what ever. My job is just to support you in what ever you do. Listen to the gallery. They may know something the pros don't.

I just want you comfortable.

I sure love you!