I am super passionate about sharing the tools yoga offers with people with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. The thing that often gets in the way is what people think it means to “do” yoga.
Today I am going to share with you all sorts of raw pictures of me “doing” yoga because I want you to start to get a sense of the fact that “yoga” has been usurped by the perfect poses on Instagram. If you have a teacher who gets your situation, then they can help you adapt yoga to your needs.
A visual representation of the below points:
- Yoga can be adapted for almost anybody (if you have been cleared to move gently and the teacher “gets” your needs)
- Breathing is a central part of yoga (and many of us don’t do it optimally)
- Meditation is my favourite part of yoga (yoga Nidra guided meditation is my jam, I do it in bed with my heat pack)
- You can do one pose
- I have several poses I enacted whenever I need them during the day
- Chair yoga is a great way to make yoga more accessible
- You can do yoga in bed
- Classes can be 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes or more
- You don’t need to be super bendy, in fact, I am not
For the benefits of yoga, why I do it and more check out my post about Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue here.
A little more challenging
Relaxation and meditation
If you are curious about restorative yoga (a passive, very gentle practice) then come and check out this free workshop Restorative Yoga for the Chronic Life.
One that can be done in bed
A multi use tool
Adapting to my needs
Using the chair
My all time favourite that can be done almost anywhere
I hope this gave you a sense of how “yoga” can look and hopefully hope that, if you want to, you could try it in one way or another.
Show me how yours looks
In Foundations of Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue, I have students who take one or two of the poses in the opening module and use those as a “class” to start. There are two full class options in module three, chair and a flow class. Many students choose only the chair class.
“For the first time I’m in a yoga class that I feel like I’m actually going to get it…I really can do this and I love how it feels.”– Student of Foundations of Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue
I’d love to see how your yoga looks. Comment below, tag me on Instagram @melissanreynolds