Taiji day 226: Know your hips

I’ve written this entry once before, this morning. But a program crash has lost it, and while it may return later, it means I’ve lost a lot of my writing time this morning. Argh.

I was going to say that the focus of my work the last few days appears to be my hips. On Wednesday, while walking between the classroom door and the whiteboard, I felt a weird, almost painful popping sense in my left hip. This is the side of my body that got hit in my car accident all those years ago (4th grade, I’m guessing), and it’s where I’ve focused some healing attention over the last few months. This incident in class was almost painful. No, I take that back. It was painful.

It was also over in less than a second. It seems to be the case that ligaments long out of place have popped something or other back to its correct position in my hip. And the result has been that horse stance has been easier in the qi gong routines, and the movements that rely on the motion of the hips in the tai chi form have been easier.

There is lingering soreness in my left hip from the exertions on Thursday and today. I’ve probably tried to go harder and faster than I should have. On the other hand, there’s definitively improvement overall, and I’m glad I took the time to make this happen.

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