But too late it was, as Yoda would say. By the time I shifted my pelvis into the correct alignment, the damage had already been done. For the rest of the practice, I felt this aching sensation in that left SI area whenever I did twists on the second side (for instance, Pasasana on the second side). Backbends didn't seem to be affected; I still did my usual deep kapotasana and dropbacks without incident. And Supta Padangusthasana B (the one where you bring the leg out to the side) turned out to be heavenly: It felt really good and healing on the SI joint.
"Too late it is, young Skywalker!"
Hmm... would Yoda say there is a disturbance in the Force on Leap Year Day?
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Anyway, right now, I can't seem to sit for more than a few minutes without feeling that dull ache in that left SI joint area. The good thing, I suppose, is that this is not the first time my SI joint has gone out. I don't want to jinx myself by saying this, but experience tells me that a couple of weeks of careful practice should straighten this out. But then again, my experience with this part of my body also tells me that sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Which means that I may be looking forward (?) to more pain coming in the next few days. Yikes...
What caused this to happen? The immediate explanation, of course, is that I wasn't paying enough attention in Mari B. Okay... but why wasn't I paying attention? To be honest, I was feeling rather tired and sluggish this morning (I ate a late dinner of white pasta with eggplant last night after my evening class... bad man!), but decided to go ahead and practice anyway. Hmm... maybe I should have taken the day off...
But I also have another nagging suspicion. Is there any astrological explanation out there which says that Leap Year Days are bad/inauspicious days? Yesterday, for instance, a bunch of crazy things happened where I was. First, there was a snow storm, and day classes were cancelled at the university where I teach. And then the barista who worked at the coffeeshop in my apartment complex fell and threw her back out (hmm... was that a premonition of things to come? Should have heeded it...). As a result of which, she was walking funny, as Guruji might say. Except not in a good way. I hope she heals soon.
And then, in a (supposedly) unrelated incident, somebody I know almost got arrested for petty theft yesterday. She had gone to the gas station to fill up her car. When she went in to the cashier to pay for the gas, she realized to her horror that she didn't have sufficient funds in her checking account! The cashier took her driver's license and took down the registration number of her car. I happened to be around when she came into the coffeeshop panicking and telling everybody what just happened, and I went with her to the gas station to help her pay for the gas and get her driver's license back. Was what the cashier did borderline illegal, or is it just me?
Anyway, sorry to bore you with all these details. But I'm just trying to show you how crazy the last 48 hours of my life have been. I don't believe much in astrology, but I can't help getting the sense that some kind of energy wackage is occurring in the universe--at least, in my corner of the universe--and that all of this wackiness has something to do with the fact that yesterday was Leap Year Day.
Does it? Or is it just me (and my little corner of the universe)?