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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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The Mind Body Connection And Stress

We’ve all heard that yoga helps beat stress. Yet yoga is a relatively new phenomenon in the western world. You can find yoga classes that look more like aerobics classes, and you can find ones that look more like mystical rituals. With all the variety in types of yoga, why is it so uniformly sold…
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Can Visualising Help Rehabilitation For Chronic Disorders?

When I was really ill, there were many days I could barely get out of bed. My workouts included getting dressed and microwaving a meal. I hadn’t discovered yoga yet, though it had been recommended to me. The classes I saw at my local studio were way beyond my limits. So I stayed in bed…
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4 Yoga Poses For Chronic Pain

Yoga can help relieve symptoms of chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. But doing yoga that is too strenuous can make your pain worse! Finding yoga poses for chronic pain that help you rather than harm you can help you improve your wellbeing. In addition to pain, people living with chronic pain usually also suffer from poor…
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Yoga For Fibromyalgia: Research Shows Yoga Can Help Manage Symptoms

One of the biggest frustrations of living with an illness like Fibromyalgia is that so little is known about how to manage and treat the disease. One of my frustrations as a yoga instructor is the lack of research that goes into using yoga therapeutically. Especially when there is so much anecdotal evidence that yoga…
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5 Free Yoga Videos To Improve Your Daily Practice

I am on a mission this month- to practice yoga daily. Instead of doing 3-4 longer sessions in a week, I am experimenting with practicing every single day. Even if it is only for 10 minutes at a time. Aiming to do a longer yoga sequence once every week or two is a great goal.…
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What Is Mindful Yoga?

Exercising with a chronic illness is a battlefield, but I think mindful yoga can help. You know exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. But you also know it could make things worse. Like biking 60km without training and becoming bedridden for the next week worse (I maybe did this). So how can you reap…
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Claire’s Recovery Story

My story with ME began when I became ill with glandular fever at the age of 8, where I was really ill for weeks and missed a lot of school as a result. I returned to school in September for the new academic year but still felt really unwell. I felt overwhelmed with fatigue and…
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Jo’s Recovery Story

I started getting symptoms of M.E. after a virus which I couldn’t seem to get better from. At first it just felt like a normal virus. I had time off work from my job as a psychiatric nurse, thinking I would be better within a couple of weeks if I rested up. However I didn’t…
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