Hip openers and lower back pain

Over the weekend, I took a Hip Opener workshop at TranquilSpace. It was a two-hour workout, double what I normally take. The instructor was Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, and we had a nice chat before class, when I told him of my history of lower back pain and what I had been doing to treat it. I was fearful that I might overload my lower back because of the intensive nature of the session, but it was the opposite. I came out really tired, pushed to my extreme, but my back felt fine. I don’t think I “cured” my lower back pain, but I did come to release into it and accept it as a given in my practice. I learned I had to listen to it attentively and patiently — and apply that lesson to the rest of my body.