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Thursday, October 11, 2012

BALANCE

During this week of Yoga, I set my intention on Balance. Not only for finding a flow to balance my life with family, work, writing, social media, emails, remodels, etc., But to balance my physical self.


30 years ago I was misdiagnosed with osteomyelitis. I had arthritis due to my Type-A personality, hard charging, and not eating right.  Long story short 26-years later I had a hip replacement due to the doctors draining fluid out of my hip. A year after my surgery, the Doctors said my spine was fused, my hips were rotated sideways and forward... and that I could do nothing. I have spent the previous three years looking for a solution.

How this manifested in my body was, I appeared to have a 2 inch difference in leg-lengths. Yoga was the only thing that helped relieve the pain because of this crooked standing, and walking. Somehow work and writing, (and the YMCA cancelling of my 5 am yoga class) shifted my yoga path for awhile. Now I'm back and committed to make this a daily way of life.

 

The GREAT news is, I met Sarah, one of the miracle workers, on this retreat. We had a 90 minute TRAGER session yesterday. I stood up from the table, and the first time since surgery I could stand with both feet directly under my body. Actually, this is the first time in 30 years that I can stand level. She showed me how to work with my body so when my muscle memory pulls the hips back to what they were doing for so long, I can work with it and get back to level. Amazing. Last night I was sore. But today I'm doing WATSU to continue with the work.

I decided that we need a new modality of exercise that combines both Yoga and Trager. So I created, Tragoya. Now I need to take the steps to get trained... and I will.

But first I'm flying to Florida to do bounces October 26-28. It may just be a simulator, but I'll get to fly~

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

4 comments:

  1. Karlene, I hope you are able to participate in many of these retreats especially if they prove effective in maintaining that physical balance. After reading up on TRAGER, it seems I need to have a lot of that in my life - you have no idea. I hope FL is productive for you and yes, even though it is a simulator - it still is flying - even if it's only on a virtual level.

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    1. Thank you Jeremy! Yes... trager is amazing. And the yoga... wonderful. The greatest trick is to come home and maintain the balance. Discipline. Looking forward to seeing you!

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  2. Wow Karlene san!!! These photos of you with nature are very nice.And what a gorgeous place you are doing yoga!!
    Warm regards,
    Have a great day,
    Jun

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    1. Thank you Jun. You should try Yoga. I think you would really like it. And practicing in Heaven is like paradise.

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