Self-myofascial release. Foam rollin’.
Okay, so I’ve been using the foam roller, and this morning’s practice was very weird, because something was missing. My tension exoskeleton. I didn’t even realize it was there until it was gone (or at least diminished — who knows what’ll happen as I carry on with the rolling…). I thought, “This is like practicing with an epidural!” — there was no sensation of tension in my legs or across my lower back. My response, truth be told, was fear — I don’t know how to protect myself from injury if there isn’t that tight web of “holding things together.”
In sirsasana, I felt like my hips, legs and feet were freely spiralling straight up into the sky.
I never realized how much “control” (i.e., tension) I kept in my outer thighs and piriformis. No wonder internal rotation seemed so difficult and counterintuitive.