“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”

Beyonce Knowles

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the Day:

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”

Beyonce Knowles

When I was a professional dancer I was very lucky with injuries throughout my career, but I did get a few injuries mainly my ankles and hamstrings, but my body would recover really quickly and I learnt to work with constant pain, so much so that I never ever missed a performance through injury.

If I did suffer a bad injury I would go and see the osteopath and acupuncturist extraordinaire Raymond Anderson in Glentworth Street near Baker Street, who would stick needles into places I did not know I had, leave me to relax for a while, which inevitably meant I would fall asleep for anything up to an hour and then he would manipulate my body into positions I did not know existed and then I would usually be fixed and I could go and perform that night. If an injury was really bad he would say be careful with it and come back next week, but more often than not I would be cured after one session although once I remember a particularly bad injury took four sessions to heal.

He was always telling me off for not warming up for long enough, when I was at ballet school I would warm up for at least an hour and half before class, but as a working commercial dancer, sometimes it was difficult to find the time to warm up properly. When I became a choreographer I liked to give the dancers a half an hour window at the beginning of rehearsals to warm up.

When I retired from dancing and started playing football and cricket again for the first time since I was nineteen and was making my living through choreographing, personal training and football coaching, I would get more injuries again mostly my ankles and hamstrings and the occasional dead leg, from getting a kick or knee in the thigh playing football.

A dead leg is a bruise or contusion caused by a sharp impact with a muscle, which is usually crushed against the thighbone resulting in swelling and sometimes bruising of the thigh muscles.

In my mid thirties when I began lifting weights seriously I would get injuries in my chest, shoulders and back and again Raymond would tell me off for not warming up enough, usually because I was trying to fit in a quick training session in a gap between training clients, which would not be long enough to warm up and warm down properly and get my weight session in.

It was around this time I was beginning to get told by Raymond and the physiotherapists at Holmes Place where I worked at the time that I needed to start being kinder to my body after so many years of bashing it around being a dancer and playing sport and take up yoga and/or Pilates, I scoffed and said no way it’s too boring.

Eventually and ironically when I had turned forty I fell into yoga whilst trying to get over the painful break up of a relationship.

I have now practiced yoga and meditation everyday for the last ten years, which has really helped me in all aspects of my life and not just my health.

I have never got injured from doing yoga, but since I began practicing yoga I have had two bad injuries whilst participating in other activities. One injury was in my knee caused by tearing the medial ligament, when taking a football training session and sprinting diagonally I heard a loud crack as the ligament snapped and still hurts now if I run.

But the worst injury I have ever had is the one I have now, which is an over use injury in my hip flexor caused by gripping my Glutes and tucking my hips under constantly teaching and doing a style of Barre class.

Please if you are doing a type of Barre class, where they insist on constantly gripping your Glutes and tucking your hips under make sure you compensate my stretching your Glutes and hip flexor out between each exercise.

It took me eight months teaching and taking Barre class this way to cause my injury and I am still in pain, walking with a limp and unable to work four months later despite four weeks of hydrotherapy and five weeks of physiotherapy.

Hopefully on Thursday when I have a check up at the hospital in the morning and physiotherapy in the afternoon they will give me the all clear to go back to work in a couple of weeks.

Having this injury has helped me learn so much about the hip flexor muscles. I already knew quite a bit about the Psoas Major, but now I have learnt about the sneaky little Piriformis muscle, which is a key player in Sciatica.

The Piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttock (behind the Gluteus Maximus).

The Piriformis muscle starts at the lower spine and connects to the upper surface of each femur (thighbone). Its function is to assist in rotating the hip and turning the leg and foot outward. It runs diagonally, with the sciatic nerve running vertically directly beneath it (although in some people the nerve can run through the muscle).

Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the Piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes buttock pain. The Piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot (similar to sciatic pain).

I have tendonitis in my hip flexor which has meant I have had to rest and strengthen it without over stretching it, now it has got stronger through the rehabilitation exercises I have to stretch my newly discovered Piriformis muscle, whilst at the same time being careful not to overstretch my hip flexor. Luckily my extensive knowledge of stretching from over thirty years in dance, twenty years in personal training and ten years of yoga is helping me to do this.

The more I do yoga and practice the stronger my breathing becomes and the more control of it I have.

The yoga poses and breathing teach me that if I control my breath I can control my mind. The pain and discomfort I feel in the awkward yoga poses and presently in my Piriformis goes away if I breathe and stay calm.

This mirrors situations in life which can seem impossible with no way out, but if you stay calm, focused and breathe then your head clears, the situation does not seem as bad as you first thought and you can see a way forward.

This is the basis of my Elysium Way Training System.

The Elysium Way enhances and enriches lives allowing you to reach your full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.

And one of the main components of the Elysium Way is practicing yoga.

If you would like to improve your breathing, clear your mind and help prevent or cure injuries by introducing yoga into your life or to strengthen your daily practice to help you focus, smile more and achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams?

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Have a tremendous Tuesday peeps

If you are feeling down at all remember,

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”

May all your dreams come true.

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream