I’ve been into sports as long as I can remember. I started with gymnastics when I was still in kindergarten, moved on to horseback riding in my teens and for the last 15 years dance has been my everything. Yoga came into my life about two years ago. Anyone who has been doing sports for a longer period of time in their life knows that sport injuries are by no means anything unfamiliar. During the years I have had everything from a back infection to a broken finger. These last couple of years have been especially rough on me though, up to the point that I’ve thought I’ll seriously go insane. It all started in the summer of 2016…

I was lying on my couch one evening and when I got up, like out of the blue, my left foot didn’t want to take on my weight. It felt like it was bending beneath me. I thought it was just some temporary cramp or such, so I went to bed and didn’t think of it much. That was until the next morning when I woke up only to notice that I wasn’t able to walk on my left foot at all. A couple of hours later, at the doctor’s office, it turned out that I had a tear in my meniscus and a two month recovery period in front of me. After this I have had five more tears in different places on my body of which the latest happened just this week. And I have to admit that I am finding it very hard to stay positive at this point anymore, I can handle the pain and the rehabilitation, but I’m not sure I can handle yet another break in my dance and yoga practice. It feels like I’ve been more off the dance floor these last couple of years than I have been on it. And it is starting to piss me off.

Fortunately I happened to stumble upon a super competent physiotherapist who helped me locate the source of the problem; hypermobile joints and not enough recovery time. And fortunately, there is something to be done; specific moves that I will do at home that will strengthen my abdominal muscles and help me control my lumbar spine. And let me tell yo, there is a lot of work to be done. But even though I’m super annoyed and angry at the moment, I still feel an enormous amount of gratitude that there is a solution, however hard it might be, and that I am able to continue dancing to some extent during the recovery process. Silver linings..