Friday, February 22, 2013

Out of Alignment

Have you guys ever gone to a personal trainer? It's super hard! They have you do all of this boring and difficult stuff and then, if you're like me, you may find out at that your dominant side is much much stronger than your non-dominant side. Sheesh it's tough to look at that while also lifting a whole bunch of heavy stuff.

Back when I first started doing Vinyasa yoga, I was really into it. I often went to class more than once a day. In Vinyasa, there's a pose called Chaturanga Dandasana that shows up a lot. When I first started doing Chaturanga, I sorta knew I wasn't doing it "right;" my left side was drooping lower faster than my right. Eventually, after doing it without proper alignment many, many times I developed an injury in my left wrist. Thanks to my injury, I stopped doing Chaturanga, learned more about it and when I healed, I was able to tackle it again with more knowledge and intention on how to do it correctly.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about a fight that two of my friends had, probably because it happened just about a year ago. See, one of my friends, let's call him Friend A, had let Friend B stay at his house. When Friend B asked if he could stay there again, feeling obligated, Friend A said yes again. This pattern repeated for many, many years. Because Friend B had a free place to stay, he came into town a lot. As time went on, Friend A felt less and less comfortable telling Friend B he couldn't stay at his house, but also realized more and more that having Friend B stay there wasn't really the best fit. After doing something that just didn't feel quite right for many years, Friend A finally lost it and blew up at good old Friend B who never meant any harm.

Believe me, I know it's hard to know what you're comfortable with and what you're not comfortable with, and it's even harder to voice what's okay with you and what's not okay with you. In my experience, stating what you want or need in any given agreement, whether it's popular or not, is always worth it. Doing things that are even just slightly out of alignment once or over and over again can and will lead to injury.

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