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 and beyond to create a practice specifically for fibromyalgia and chronic pain 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.
This is not your typical yoga!
Below you will find free, easy, short videos that you can start from your bed today. Even if it's a bad day. Check out the very first video made just for flare days!
This is far more than an exercise plan or another general YouTube yoga class with a beautiful teacher in paradise.
This is REAL HEALING!
Spoonie Yoga is a holistic movement practice for a Spoonie body. Yes, it will build strength and flexibility in your muscles, but the focus is on your nervous system and holistic wellness.
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 observe 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.
Videos do not need to be completed in order. Healing is a circular, non-linear process.
Trust the body and honor the day.
One of the biggest mistakes many of us with fibromyalgia and chronic pain make is to overdo it when we feel good. As a result, 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 and feel well enough to keep showing up consistently.
Please make the necessary modifications to the poses I suggest until it feels good. One way is not less effective, and making a change does not make it easier. The pose is not the goal; it's the peace within the pose.
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!
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.