Yoga Roadkill… My Right Big Toe
So, Im moseying about my practice, minding my own business when all of a sudden an unbearable pain shoots through my right big toe. I thought perhaps I had stepped on something sharp as I was diligently “pressing into my right big toe mound” (my fellow YW alum will appreciate that reference) in Trikonasana. Although this pain was severely affecting my breath as well as my focus, I decided I was going to see the pain as my teacher and “use it”. I mean, the pain doesn’t really exist, its just something I am accepting and identifying with, right? I thought about all those stories I heard about people meditating in a swarm of bees or continuing to practice ashtanga after “an opening” (That was for you Elise:)…
I could do this, I thought, I just need to engage my bandhas, my answer to everything these days as navigating these locks are my recent asana obsession. So, as I continued to wobbly make my way through the class I was determined not to look to see what the cause of my discomfort was, I would not give in to the distraction however irritating. It may be able to steal my alignment but not my concentration…
Anyway, after class (or maybe I stole a little peek in baddha konasana), I finally saw what had been ailing me… A hard piece of skin was hanging off the fleshy part of my big toe basically like a hangnail, leaving me with a raw patch of skin – red, inflamed and fully exposed to inflict pain during all poses in which my feet are firmly planted on the ground. I found out later that it is not uncommon and is in fact a “rolling over your toes” injury.
I share my story because maybe you relate and can relay a story of your own, and if you have any remedies to aid this injury, I’d love to know… My downward dog and peace of mind will thank you.