Yoga for Fibromyalgia

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Yoga incorporates some very useful tools. For over ten years I have been practicing yoga and using it as part of my whole of life pain management plan.

I don’t do 90 minute classes and I don’t pretzel.

Yoga is more accessible than many of us think.

Yet the more I tried “beginner” classes or classes for “when you’re sore”, the more frustrated I became. When you are managing chronic pain and fatigue you need certain modifications, but you aren’t a beginner. I thought that perhaps just modifying for myself was the most I could hope for.

Then I found online yoga teacher training – a much more accessible way to train (than nine hour days, multiple days in a row!). The Online Yoga School’s head teacher, Steph, is a very experienced and enlightened individual. I knew for sure she got my vision after a few emails. Training to become a teacher has lit my heart on fire.

I signed up to become a teacher so that I can share these tools with you. From simple poses, to sequences for bedtime, to meditation – the options are nearly endless. So come along and join us! No pretezelling and no 90 minute classes needed.

If you are interested in private yoga, mindfulness and/or fibromyalgia coaching, you can book your complimentary chat here.

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The complexity in yoga for chronic pain and fatigue

When we have extra challenges to think through, we need to be extra mindful. 

There is some complexity involved in practicing yoga when you have chronic issues. This is why it can be helpful to see a teacher privately – either for some initial guidance or ongoing personalised work. 

There are several types of yoga, many asana (poses) to choose from and we need to choose sequences that make sense for our current context. The other bonus when your work with a private yoga teacher, is that you can create a homework plan so that you can continue your work between sessions, equipping you further.

As an example of the complexity – I have severe, recurring trigger points in my neck and shoulders. Holding poses that activate these muscles for up to five minutes (yin yoga) is not a good idea for me. I have a heat intolerance so hot yoga isn’t for me. The fibromyalgia and poor tense fascia responds well when given a chance to gently release.  So I gravitate toward slow flow and gentle yoga. 

Would you like a private session with Melissa to chat through coaching and/or yoga? Book your complimentary chat here.