Be careful what you wish for

Dear spine,

I’m so sorry for bending you to your limit this morning. I hope you won’t be too mad when I beg you to do kapotasana five mornings a week from now on. Oh, and yes, we still have drop backs after that.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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So the big story from my mat this week thus far is that yes, I have finally reached the dreaded kapo. Was it everything I had feared and more? Well, yes and also no. Getting into the pose was difficult. I had to really hang in a backbend twice before I could see the toes I was aiming for. I then got my hands to my toes, arms straight, but had absolutely no control of my arms. I had to completely surrender to my teacher, who brought my hands to my feet. I had to try twice because the first time down I got a little freaked out and thought my spine might snap so I came out. The second time I stayed with it and once I was in, it was ok. Not nice or relaxing, but manageable. I could breathe into it and I didn’t feel panicky. Anyway, I think my ego is massive now because I was so proud of myself for getting there, but I’m sure I’ll have a hard crash down tomorrow morning when I have to actually do it again. I’m mentally settling in because I think this will be my project for quite some time to come, and I’m feeling pretty great about that. Great, and also a touch apprehensive. My lower back and neck muscles this afternoon? They are not feeling to great about any of it. Ouch.

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