Breathe Deep

I've had a strange month of next to NO exercise after a painful fall on my coccyx in early June thanks to rollerblading. I was forced to rest and be off my feet during the first few weeks (very difficult for me) and even then, in the weeks that followed, I was going through a lot of pain every day and had to take it easy. Today for the first time in more than a month, I did my Rodney Yee AM Yoga class and started back on a routine of working out ... every day ... I hope. I've done his yoga class on my living room floor for a few years, and I'm always glad to start the day with it.

In the meantime, Rodney Yee's been a lot busier than I have, doing yoga, teaching yoga and now ... he's blogging! He's just launched a new blog over at Yahoo Health Expert Blogs. I think healthcare and blogs go hand-in-hand and that we will see many more communities of wellness using blogging as a natural way to connect.

This morning as I unrolled my mat and got down on the floor (something I could barely do a month ago), I was so grateful that I'm well enough to work out again, glad I had the time to think about my life, and optimistic that I can rebuild my strength to where I was before I fell.

When you do a regular workout practice every day, you quickly notice which parts of your body are tense, which muscles are strained or injured, and where you need to focus. Today, I expected a lot of pain and tightness in my coccyx, pelvis, glutes.

What surprised me more than anything was how injured MY BREATHING was. This may sound strange, but I noticed I was breathing very unevenly and in a shallow, fearful way, as if each breath might result in a sharp new pain. If you've done even a small amount of yoga, you know the ability to breathe deeply matters a lot. And you know that excellence in your life is helped immeasurably by a foundation of physical wellness. So I'm truly back at ZERO, as I start today up the ladder towards physical wellness by simply remembering how to breathe.