Yoga for the Chronic Life: On Demand Yoga Studio for People with Chronic Pain and Fatigue
My vision is to approach yoga from every sense of the word “accessible”. Taking into account the intersection of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and brain fog. I do my best to make it clear, restful, and offer variations (bed, chair, floor). We talk about individual poses as part of our symptom management plan, and the non-physical yoga tools (the ones you can do no matter your physical ability).
This has been a dream since I realised I was well enough to train to be a yoga and meditation teacher. I trained specifically to share yoga with people with chronic pain and fatigue because I know what it feels like to be unable to complete a class (or even get to a class).
The side benefits are more important than the movements!
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I heard that yoga could be helpful but could never find suitable classes
I knew that gentle movement, mindful breathing and meditation could be useful tools, but the time and energy needed to get to a studio was too much (let alone trying to do a 60-90 minute class). I’d get a couple of minutes into an online class and find more poses I couldn’t do than I could. They’d go so fast I couldn’t keep up. Or, worse, I’d manage the class and then be in pain for days afterward.
How could these tools help me manage symptoms when I couldn’t even try them?
In the traditional sense, they couldn’t. I’m not super flexible, can’t do long classes and have specific bodily needs.
We need easy, accessible, pain-, fatigue- and brain fog-friendly yoga classes to help us rest, move mindfully, breathe better and relax.
To help us relieve tension and pain, sleep better, gently move our bodies and reduce stress.
Yoga CANNOT cure us, but it is a helpful addition to our symptom management plans.
I LOVE knowing that I can induce deep rest, alleviate muscle tension, gently release my neck (a 24/7 issue to manage) MYSELF. It is profoundly satisfying to have tools, know when I need them and be free to use them almost anytime, anywhere.
Who offers this?
Melissa Reynolds is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher, with restorative and chair teacher certifications, 200 hour meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra certification, thousands of hours of personal practice and research specializing in taking the tools of yoga and using them for chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia.
Melissa is passionate about helping you to make simple, sustainable changes to achieve your best life. She has been supporting people with chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia and more for several years through her blog, Facebook support groups, three books, workbook, yoga programs and more.
“I’m enjoying the idea that I can learn how to adapt yoga to fit in with my life of pain and fatigue. This is definitely gonna be a permanent part of my tool kit.”
There are some areas we need to go deeper into.
Foundations of Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue, the complete beginner’s guide.
“I had a great yoga session with Melissa recently. She kindly commented on my technique and was very encouraging. I learnt a lot and had fun doing it. She’s a fantastic coach and I definitely recommend her. The one on one sessions are totally worth it!”