Friday, October 14, 2011
I'm still having problems with the incision area where they took out lymph nodes, and, according to my surgeon, will continue to have issues for a while. I can't follow extend my arm up over my head yet, and the swelling in the area makes it uncomfortable for me lie on my right side.
My stamina is also still not back. I'm tiring pretty easily, and finding that I've had to pull back on all my physical activities.
The Friday morning led practice at my Shala is the advanced primary series. Even though I had to adapt and modify the asanas and vinyasa pretty extensively, and even though I had to sit and breath while my fellows yogis did all the vinyasas during the seated portion of the practice, it still felt good to just breath and stretch in unison with my fellow practitioners.
I had the same experience in my Tai Chi class. Last night I went back to my first Tai Chi class since the surgery. During the early Qi Gong portion of the class it just felt good to stand and breath with my fellow students.
When we went into our Yang long form, however, I found I had to stop during the second part to take a break. My incision started to bother me from all the arm movements, and I just got plain old tired. I was able to rejoin towards the end of the second part (the entire form takes between 15 to 20 minutes to complete) and finished. I decided to forgo any practicing of my sword or saber forms for a few weeks, since my sword/saber arm is, of course, my right arm (where the incision is).
But, as in yoga, it was still just good to move and breath.