I've managed to yoga through all kinds of illnesses and injuries. Usually it's just a matter of slowing down, modifying and letting go of unrealistic expectations.
And, that includes yoga with a broken foot.
It's been 9 long weeks and I am still in this boot cast. I'm allowed to take it off to sleep and shower. About a month ago I thought I was OK enough to take it off and do some gentle yoga during a workshop I was attending.
It didn't go well at first. To summarize, this is what happens when you stand on your mat in Tadasana and try to balance evenly on both feet:
Oh, sweet baby Jesus, mother **%*, damn that hurts! And all I did was try to spread my toes.
It doesn't sound very yoga-like does it? So you sit back down on your yoga mat to figure something else out.
These past few weeks my yoga practice has been much heavier on meditation rather than asana. And I've really enjoyed it. I'm usually in too much of a rush to meditate (hence the reason I really need more meditation in my life), but this broken foot has slowed me down and forced me onto my meditation cushion.
I have really, really enjoyed it. Sometimes I listen to a guided meditation. Often I practice some Kundalini breathing and mantras.
As for the asana practice, is all seated or lying down now.
- Janu Sirsasana - Head to Knee Forward bend to stretch the hamstrings and SI Joint relief
- Baddha Konasana - Bound angle pose to open the hips
- Ananda Balasana - Happy Baby and other supine hip openers
- Marjaryasana/ Bitilasana - Cat/ Cow for flexion and extension of the spine
- Sucirandhrasana - Thread the Needle to relieve neck and shoulder stress
- Balasana - Child's pose
- Matsyasana - Modified fish pose to open the chest
At first even child's pose was out of the question. The fracture and soft tissue damage is primarily around the second and third metatarsals, so resting back with the tops of my feet down hurt too much. When I was at the yoga workshop I grabbed a yoga block and placed that under the top of my ankle to prop up the broken foot. It was enough support that it didn't cause any pain.
But having just one foot up on a block was throwing my hips out of balance. Well more out of balance than they already were from walking in this damn boot cast for nine weeks!
At home I prop both feet up on my bolster when I'm in child's pose. I can stay here to stretch out my back or flow some modified kneeling vinyasa.
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propping the tops of your feet to support
a foot injury.