Well, maybe not quite tragedy... more like misfortune. Last night I sprained my left ankle. I was walking from my car to the restaurant to begin a much needed money shift when I stepped on a rock coming down a little muddy hill. My clumsy, heavy, blister-inducing non-slip shoe went one way and my foot went the other. I heard/felt the stretch and crunch, followed immediately by a POP. Damn it! Teaching training! -- the first words to run through my head when I felt the unmistakable rapid swelling of a sprain, which I've experienced more than a few times... It's kind of funny. I've been mindful of tightening up my half lotus and lotus postures lately, bringing the heel into the hip crease to lessen the stretch of the outer ankle, with the prevention of exactly this sort of thing in mind. Apparently, my precautions were too late.
And just when it was all going so well. I've been continuing with my self-imposed two-practices-per-day challenge (the training calls for at least 1 class per day), and I am loving it. I'm really enjoying heading off to the studio every day for a class, then eating, resting, and doing a home practice to meditate and cement what I've learned. All this yoga is already producing interesting results. I'm definitely stronger. My jump backs have improved big time. My shoulders are more open. And I'm more able to relax into the rhythm of a class, any class, than I was just a week ago.
I'm still optimistic about teaching training, in spite of the ankle. I don't think this will put me completely out of the game. I'll just have to modify a bit and be careful. It feels like a mild sprain. I can walk pretty much normally already. I soaked it in epsom salt, and I've been icing for 20 minutes every hour, keeping the foot elevated. It just hurts to point the foot fully, and probably to stand on my toes, though I haven't tried it. We'll see how it goes this evening at the 5:30 class. Fingers crossed.