Category Archives: Chronic Illness

Gentle Strength Training Exercises

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on how I built strength when living with a chronic illness. I talked about building both physical strength and emotional strength, or resilience. I think both were very important in my recovery, and I truly believe that yoga can help build both kinds of strength. In…
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Yoga for Endometriosis: How to Reduce Pain & Balance Hormones

Endometriosis, and other disorders like it, are becoming increasingly common. With up to 10 percent of women worldwide now thought to be suffering and very little in terms of successful treatment available, it's easy for those with the condition to feel backed into a corner. However, like other chronic illness sufferers, many have found significant…
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How I built strength with a chronic illness

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou When most people think of being strong and fit, they see marathon runners, hikers, and pro athletes. When I was ill and thought about being strong and fit, I dreamed of being able to walk to the shop without feeling like I was…
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Best Chronic Illness Blogs to Read and Follow

When I first started blogging I was so inspired by the amazing community of chronic illness blogs. People living with terrible illnesses were sharing their experiences, giving advice, and providing support for others. It’s opened up a world of support that you can’t get from your healthcare providers or friends and family who don’t understand…
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Yoga for Digestion: Poses to Fuel Your Digestive Fire

Bloating. Gas. Pain. Constipation. Diarrhoea.  All these things can be embarrassing to talk about, but they are common digestive issues that affect many of us. This article on yoga for digestion aims to help you relieve some of these symptoms. These are all symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and digestive discomfort. If you’re suffering…
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Yoga and Lyme Disease: An Interview with Erin Bidlake

"Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Erin  is a fellow Canadian yogi who understands what it’s like to live with a chronic illness all too well. Before taking her first yoga class,…
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How To Set Goals When Living With A Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness is unpredictable. Some days, you feel well enough to socialize with friends and go to the shop. The next day you can't get out of bed. These ups and downs are all part of the journey to getting well. This is especially challenging if you are trying to increase your…
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The Common Symptoms and Misconceptions of Invisible Illnesses

Reblogged from Medicare It's the holiday season. For most people, this is a fun time of being with friends and family, huge meals, and gift exchanges. But for people living with chronic, invisible illnesses the holidays can be a time of stress. Long social engagements, preparing meals, and dealing with the in-laws can all cause a…
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Why I Do Yoga For Chronic Illness

This post was originally published on The Pillow Fort. I was 13 years old when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I didn’t really understand what this meant, but I knew that there was nothing I could do now other than sit back and wait for the doctors to work their magic. I spent…
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