I came close, very close, to quitting the 30-day
Bikram hot yoga challenge a few days ago. My wrists were aching all the time. I couldn’t do up my bra without pain.
I was sorely tempted to stop. After all, this whole process was supposed to make me stronger, not worse off. But I was desperate to prove to myself that I could FINISH THIS THING, so I researched online and talked to instructors and came up with some workarounds that I think will get me to the finish line.
I’m modifying my postures and keeping weight off of my wrists. I’m doing dolphin instead of downward dog. I stay on my forearms for planks. No crow pose. No shoulder stands.
The first couple days, the modifications worked like a charm.
Then one morning, I jumped into the shower after class. As the water ran down my arms, the skin on my elbows began to scream. I had been rubbing the skin raw on my elbows!
Once again, I came close to quitting. But I was so close that I just had to try to find a way.
So I went to the drug store and picked up these devastatingly attractive elbow braces:
So far, so good!
I might actually finish this thing! Don’t they say it takes 21 consecutive days of performing an action to make it a habit? Maybe not.
My elbows are still sore, but I’m feeling strong, and these days, when I sit back into Utkatasana (chair pose), I feel like I could stay there all day.