Wednesday, March 07, 2007
This morning I awakened with The Sinus Headache From Hell.
The head throbbed. There was pain from my right eye down to my right shoulder. My right lower back hurt, too....
I ate watermelon.
I ate a kiwi and an orange.
I did the neti pot.
I still felt like hell.
Normally, I would take a Sudafed Headache tablet. I would have had coffee.
But I've been trying to be *good* since returning from NYC.
So I drank chai. I debated doing a yoga practice.
I got out the mat and tried some sun salutations. They only made me feel worse.
I considered looking up what Mr. Iyengar has to say about sinus problems.
Instead I looked at my teacher training materials.
Dharma's advice is to avoid sun salutations and vigorous asanas. He says to do the neti pot, headstand, and alternate nostril breathing.
I tried headstand. I felt a little bit better.
I did some Feldenkrais exercises for the neck and shoulders, some twists and some s-i joint poses.
I did a long, supported Savasana (corpse pose).
My limbs tingled. But my head still felt like crap.
I felt so bad in fact that I could not sit down and do breathing exercises.
So I ate my Ezekiel toast.
I answered a few e-mails.
I did a little work.
Then I put some China-Gel on the head and neck, covered my eyes and went down for a nap. This has worked in the past.
But when I awakened The Headache was still there.
I turned on the VCR and watched The Dark Ages.
I ate lunch.
I answered a few more e-mails.
The throbbing persisted.
Finally I sat down and did some Kapalabhati and alternate nostril breathing.
The pain immediately disappeared.
Always trust the guru.