My Teacher said I should come by the Shala and do what I can, if for nothing else other than to reconnect with my practice and Shala mates. So I decided to run through my practice just to see what is possible, bearing in mind the restrictions of a still fractured Humerus and all the “Don’ts” the Physiotherapist has listed. Currently my arm can’t bear weight or lift more than about 50 degrees.
Surya A & B – I can’t lift the arms in prayer and no chance of Chaturanga or downward dog, so it’s just like bend forward and stand up again. My Calfs and hamstrings are aching for a good squashing!
Padungusthasana/Padahastasana – left arm can’t reach the foot, so it all feels a bit lopsided.
Trikonasana A – just about but i can’t lift my arm or grab my toe
Trikonasana B – no chance on first side as I can’t get the hand to the floor
Parsvakonasana A&B – Nope, would be too risky just yet.
Prasarita A – Almost, left fingers are almost all on the mat, but I can’t put weight in to the hands much.
Prasarita B – Sort of (Left arm / hand not in right position)
Prasarita C – surprisingly I can bind my hands but can’t lift them very far
Prasarita D – can’t reach left foot
Parsvottanasana – can’t do reverse prayer at all, so very modified
UHP – can do right leg, but left just has to hang out.
Ardha Baddha Padmot – nope, well I can get half lotus & stand there.
Utkatasana – I can’t lift my arms up, but I can squat.
Virabadrasana A&B – sort of, though I can’t lift my arm
No Vinyasas between sides or postures.
Paschimottanasana – a nice stretch, but left hand can’t reach the foot.
Purvottanasana – No chance!
Ardha Baddha padma Paschimottanasana – with right in Lotus just about, no chance with left.
Tiriang Mukha – a little lopsided as I can’t reach with the left hand.
Janusirsasana A-C – possible, but only grabbing with the right hand.
Marichyasana A-D – not possible, left arm won’t go round the knee or go far enough behind my back to bind the other way.
Navasana – why is this one always possible whatever I manage to do to myself !
Bhujapidasana – another weight bearing no chance
Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana – Even if it is my favourite posture, No chance, as I don’t want to snap the bone under my thighs, can you imagine trying to explain that at A&E!
Garbha Pindasana – think that is going to be a while away.
Kukkutasana – Another weight bearing no chance.
Baddha Konasana – my hips still seem quite open, I think I could even stand someone squashing me 🙂
Upavistha Konasana – Again can only reach the right foot.
Supta Konasana – Nope, not going there yet.
Supta Padangusthasana – as per UHP only possible on the right.
Bum Balances – Nope, not going there yet.
Setu Bandhasana – Too risky for my neck at this time .
Pasasana – Krounchasana Neither are possible yet.
Salabhasana A – Yay can do this one!
Salabhasana B – Nope, obviously I can’t push on the hand.
Bhekasana – well I couldn’t do it before I broke my arm, I live in hope that this episode has miraculously sorted out my dyslexic left arm!
Urdva Dhanurasana – obviously a no no. Replaced by bed hanging, Bridges and cross arm hang back plus the odd Ustrasana , but don’t tell anyone.
Sarvangasana – Not quite yet.
Halasana – Actually yes, as the weight isn’t bearing on my arm or shoulder joint.
Karnapidasana – Yes, though like in Halasana my arms can’t touch the floor yet.
Urdva Padmasana – Balance issues.
Matsyasana – I can’t get into the backbend without the arm leverage and pulling on the arm is banned by the Physiotherapist
Uttana Padasana – if I could get the backbend then yes, modified to a horizontal Navasana kind of effort.
Sirsasana – No
Baddha Padmasana – I couldn’t bind it before!
Padmasana – yes
Utplutihi – obviously no chance.
Savasana – Of course 🙂
Well a lot of no no’s and modifications, but also quite a lot is now possible, 7 weeks ago I couldn’t straighten my arm and had no feeling in my fingers, now I can do much more. Really tempted by L’s invitation, not to mention the after practice croissants!