@kaylala88 🙏 Starting today with heart openers, because- let’s be real- I needed it.
As you saw from my story, my dad just had a double knee replacement surgery.
As much as it killed me to be on the opposite side of the world as him during this time, my heart was filled ABOVE & BEYOND with gratitude for the hundreds of messages sending him love, healing & positive energy.
Im not a big crier, but you guys did bring me to tears with your thoughtful, kind words.
Thank you doesn’t seem to suffice here, but it’s all I can muster at this point.
I did have a long chat with Daddio once he came to.
Although he was a little doped up, it was still nice to hear his positivity shining through & to just generally know that he’s okay.
On another note, speaking of knees- who else feels tension there when back bending?
Although I’m open in my chest, thoracic & shoulder region- I have to be SUPER careful with my knees in back bends due to old injuries.
I’ve found a really common misconception about heart openers to be that people think you have to have a flexible spine- when in fact you’re actually opening the FRONTLINE of the body & flexing (or strengthening) the backline.
Not to mention the VITALITY of creating a solid foundation of strength in the legs (hello hammies & thighs!).
This leads to yet another reason why I loved the Budokan Class earlier this week.
The spinal rolls in & out of camel were a game changer for me.
Because my spine is naturally quite arched & my frontline is pretty open, I often come out of backbends with an anterior pelvic tilt without collapsing into my low back & getting that crunching feeling.
In fact, it actually feels GOOD for me.
But, maybe that’s just because it’s easy? 🤔
So, when i was asked to add that subtle tuck of the pelvis & scooping of the pelvic floor between child’s pose & camel- parts of my core & thighs turned on in ways I didn’t even know existed!
Initially I found it SUPER difficult & I just didn’t think it was possible in my body (yet).
But once I broke down the movements & really FELT into those teeny tiny micro engagements- it started to click.
It’s far from perfect- but practice makes progress