A couple of years ago I promised that I’d stop complaining about physical pains or injuries in class knowing that there is a fine line between whining and letting Teacher know that I had an impediment. I made that pledge to myself, because when I saw others do it I thought it was incredibly unflattering to the student and the result was mixed. Most folks can’t remember to hold back unless it’s an obvious injury.
In interest of full disclosure I have a chronic irritation in my right shoulder which is perpetuated by our constant shoulder locks. My L5 is a bit dicey and can lead to spasms if I don’t stretch regularly and the other massive problem I’ve got is my left knee. Apparently the inside surface (cartilage) of the kneecap gets easily inflamed. That takes endless patience to rehab and beatings doesn’t help at all. Last time I had to take about two months off from class and that was painful in itself.
That being said following vacation I savaged my knee playing on the neighbors trampoline. This means no running until the inflammation cools off. Of course we go to class and bulk of the first hour is cat stance. In the beginning I didn’t feel a thing because we were warmed up, but as time progressed the pain just kept growing. At the same time I noticed something that gave me a little pleasure – all the bicycle work that I have to do as part of the rehab process is paying off. I could sit in a fairly low cat stance without problem – a first for me until the knee starting playing up. Ugh.