Finally started doing camel pose. My knee does not give me problems, and I feel good in the pose.
Today I am taking my final day off. I realized if I do not take my final day off I would do 309 days of yoga. God forbid I do one day extra or one day less. I have learned a lot from yoga. One of the biggest things I have learned is to cut myself some slack. Some things just take time, and the more you push it the more you will just go in the wrong direction.
Look at the camel pose above. When I first stared yoga my knee was giving me issues. Instead of ignoring the pain and getting into the pose I listened to the pain and refused to get into the pose. Instead I did something that I felt comfortable stretching out my knee. After about 6 months of doing this I do not feel any pain getting into the camel pose. I have been doing this pose for about 1 month now.
I did not work through the pain. I worked around the pain. I accepted that I could not get into the pose. My work in other areas opened my muscles and body up to be more flexible. These other openings allowed me to eventually allow my knee to open up without pain. I then felt comfortable getting in this pose.
I have learned that accepting who I am and not pushing myself through life is sometimes a great answer in my life. It is a hard concept for me to learn, but I like this type of direction I am taking with my life.
I am off to enjoy my day off.