Yoga for chronic pain- don’t you dare take my yoga away from me

Yoga has been one of the most important tools I have used to manage my chronic illness, I love it and it has done wonders for me. I have a really hard time relaxing by myself, so yoga helps me do that with the added benefit of stretching and using my muscles in a gentle way. I tell people all the time about how wonderful yoga is and how they should try it, but I have a confession to make, I have fallen off the yoga wagon.

I’m a Mom and a sick one at that, so my free time is very limited and very carefully managed. Lately I’ve just been feeling too tired to do yoga. I have to wait until both my kids are asleep since I definitely can not relax when they are awake (my daughter doesn’t ever stop talking and my son thinks it is funny to jump on me, not relaxing). So yeah, I fell off the yoga wagon and haven’t done it in a while, but yesterday my son was miraculously napping so I decided to do a few minutes. In recent years I have done my yoga off what has been available on netflix, I’ve found several that I like. What I found out yesterday was that they had gotten rid of all their yoga movies! Boy was I POed. I own a few of my own, but I like the netflix options better. I sent a text my husband to complain about the indignity of netflix getting rid of my yoga routines (there may or may not have been some angry words directed towards said company). After I text him and my anger subsided I thought, “wow, this is really a first world problem, poor me I can’t get the yoga routines I used to. Some people actually have real problems,  I’m such a brat!” That put things in a better perspective for me. With that said, apparently I need to buy a yoga DVD. Anyone have one that they like?

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3 thoughts on “Yoga for chronic pain- don’t you dare take my yoga away from me

  1. First, I recommend you start your own at-home practice and lose your dependency on videos. If you get a Yoga Journal subscription, that can also help keep you on track and add to your repetoire. I started doing yoga this way over 20 years ago, learning from the Iyengar book, Light on Yoga. About 10 years ago I found myself with a chronic shoulder/back issue and started taking classes in the hopes of being more disciplined, consistent and challenged. I loved having a teacher, but I found myself comparing myself (and maybe even competing a little) with my class mates. And I hurt myself repeatedly by overdoing it. Eventually I got the hint and went back to a home practice. I'm so much happier and I can modify my asanas as I need to compensate for my issues.

    Second, I'm writing an article on the benefits of yoga for people with chronic illness, specifically Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Would you be willing to talk to me about your experience with yoga?

  2. Interesting, crazily enough I never thought about just developing my own routine, I'll have to look into that.

    I would definitely be willing to talk about yoga and Lyme, sometimes yoga is the only way that I can manage the pain, so I think the more who know about it, the better!

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