An absence from GC headquarters for winter break means R&R, cliff golfing in the Rockies and, regrettably, truanting from the yoga studio. Your generic yogi may say something to the effect of, “It’s alright, taking time off is no biggy.” or “Don’t sweat it.” (pun intended for hot studio practitioners). But, frankly, I’ve been going through flat-out yoga withdraw, and I am sweating it thank you. You’re probably shouting “Put some peppermint oil on it already!” at your computer screen, but let’s not get hasty. With no immediate pain or phantom aches to be had, this year’s yogic exile biological backlash may well be a case of The Fuzz.
Hypochondriacs alike, myself included, may go into some sort of self-induced stress-coma at the very mention of such a menacing yet plush sounding yogic affliction. Does it melt you internally, contribute to spontaneous combustion, precede an internal parasitic bloom? Fortunately, and less colorfully, Fuzz is an accumulation of inter-muscular material (the exact makeup, whether protein or otherwise, is not mentioned in the follow video by Dr. Gil Hedley). This spiderweb-like material accumulates during extended static periods such as sleep, when muscle isn’t in motion. The result? According to Dr. Hedley, an accrual of stiffness or muscular restlessness is due, in part, to the accumulation of this web-like material. So, never fear you anatomical worry warts, the Fuzz won’t eat your brain or dissolve your intestines … this time. As for the peppermint oilers, well, it looks like the solution is a good ole’ namaste-fueled return to the bendable confines of the yoga mat.
-james, GreenCupboards.com Creative Cave.