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Yesterday's beginner's class was my first lesson after my badly sprained ankle had time to heal. It was great being back on the mat. I've recovered enough to be able to do shikko and sit very slightly lopsided in seiza. I hope no one noticed I was tipping slightly like the leaning tower of pisa to the left to take the weight a little off the injured ankle. As the muscles and tissue around the area warmed up during class it got more flexible though so sitting more evenly on both ankles was easier.
I wore an ankle guard and partnered a friend of mine who had taken two months off after an operation she had. So the two of us went real slow and easy on the moves. She couldn't stretch the stomach area much so I didn't bring her down to the mat for most of the moves and she went real slow whenever I had to fall on the right side. Our Sensei kept coming around to make sure we weren't going to fast or anything and also told us to put our brown belts back on since we hadn't been gone that long. She'd been gone 2 months and me a month. Both of us had our white belts on under our hakamas.
I think the only thing I really can't do yet is a backfall on the right side as that means the injured side of the ankle hits the mat first. It's too much impact as the ankle is still slightly swollen.
I've decided I'll stick to beginner's classes though until I can do the backfall properly. It's also nice just seeing the usual folk there and catching up with people and Sensei again. It's just nice being back.