June 23, 2011 § 6 Comments
I’m starting to get a better idea of this mysterious soreness in the back that’s been there for the past few months. It’s centered on the area in the middle of the spine (probably directly behind where the stomach would be) and extends about an inch to the left of the spine. Not a super big area, but enough for me to notice whenever my back gets too rounded. I usually get a sharp twinge of this soreness in the Paschimottanasanas, but to my pleasant surprise, there was none of that today, probably because I made sure to keep my core fully engaged and fully extending through the spine before folding forwards. That seemed to help.
In Supta Kurmasana though, there was no avoiding it with my rounded back in the posture. I think this ache is from an over-extended (or over-flexed? I can’t remember which is which) muscle as it only pops up whenever my back is rounded. I get this sensation in Halasana and Karnapidasana too. Apart from continuing to keep my core fully engaged in all forward folds, jumpbacks and jumpthroughs, and regular tennis ball massages, I don’t really know what else to do to minimize the twinges and residual soreness in this area. I’m also not sure if this is a ‘serious’ injury (i.e., one that would require me to stop doing Supta K) or just an opening. I guess I’ll just have to keep practicing and paying attention to find out. If any of you in the Cyber Shala has had a similar experience, please do share in the comments – I’d love to hear your thoughts.