Yoga saved my life.
I have been there. I know what it's like to feel trapped in a vicious cycle of flare after flare. Deep resentment and disconnect occur when your body seems to turn against you. The mind revolts against the body, and the body retaliates. Pain, fatigue, fog. Mounting commitments, guilt, shame. Healing can only begin when systems work together and you begin to honor and love yourself. Just the way you are. Today. Now.
I found my first online video during a terrible flare that left me bedridden and completely dependent on others. After regaining strength, I completed yoga teacher training to create a practice for fibromyalgia to shift and strengthen the mind-body connection.
Yoga, as defined in the yoga sutras, the manual for practice, is "the negation of the dualistic thought processes of the mind". The poses, or in Sanskrit, asanas, are not the goal, but rather the state of mind within the pose. Scientific research shows that a regular yoga practice can help lessen pain, decrease fatigue, and improve the overall quality of life for those with fibromyalgia. So join me!
THE SPOONIE YOGA PROGRAM
Below you will find an easy-to-follow, progressive yoga program. It is not an exercise plan per se, but rather a movement practice aimed at healing that is easy to follow for a Spoonie body. Yes, it will build strength and flexibility in your muscles, but the focus is on your nervous system and, overall, holistic wellness. It is a practice that can be started in bed.
Stay on a video until your body feels ready to move on to the next. One of the biggest mistakes many of us with fibromyalgia make is we overdo when we feel good. We tend to go past our limits. Progressing too quickly may set you back. The goal is not to achieve, but to commit to regular practice. To feel well enough to keep showing up consistently. Make the necessary modifications to the poses I suggest until it feels good. One way is not less effective and making a change is not easier. The pose is not the goal; it's the peace within the pose.
I incorporate several traditions- Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, and Yin. All with fibromyalgia warriors in mind.
Vinyasa means to flow, placing your attention in meaningful ways
Kundalini, through concentration, helps awaken energy, and create heat within the body, promoting blood flow and cleansing.
Hatha yoga focuses on health through a balanced mind and body. It means Sun (ha), Moon (tha) aimed at harmony and balance.
Yin emphasizes the stillness holding poses for longer periods of time allowing the body to relax and release tension.
Remember, it is not about how well you can contort your body into a pose or how evenly you can control your breath. It is about learning to quiet the mind, tune in to the body, and allow it to let go and release. You learn to become aware of your energy and work with it rather than against it. As a result, you will discover the power in practice and ease in flexibility. As you progress, you will notice results on and off the mat. So put on some comfy clothes (if you aren't in them already) and join me in Class 1.
The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. Always seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before undertaking a new health regimen.