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This piece is about a Yogic and Mindful perspective on Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and the Epstein Barr Virus.
There are 1,000’s of medical articles, studies, and conclusions in regards to what causes and what treats Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and the Epstein Barr Virus. From a Yogic and Mindfulness perspective, the findings are a little more condensed.
The 3 health contrasts I have mentioned today all have strong symptoms, personality traits, lifestyles, and emotional/mental habits in common.
Emotional stress that has been prolonged, negative mental perceptions of self and life, the desire to give others abundant love and time before oneself, lifestyles that leave rest as something that is last on the priority list or push the body past pain, and the inability to “unplug” at some point each day are common threads in the stories of those that work with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Epstein Barr. Yoga and Mindfulness teach cost effective, low time investment, accessible methods to help the body and mind start to heal.
In our Gentle Yoga Yin class, we rotate through tools that can address all of the above! This class starts out with “Centering”. Centering helps the mind slow down, turns the focus in towards the body, mind, and breath and helps the senses begin to disconnect to external stimuli. When class shifts to the movement part of class (asana), movements that gently lengthen the muscles, release tension, and gradually build strength are worked with. After the movement portion, class shifts to relaxation or meditation. Both relaxation and meditation continue to support the mind having minimal stimulation, deep breathing, and muscular release.
Though the structure of the Gentle Yoga Yin class, the end result is oxygenation of the entire body, support of the parasympathetic nervous system, “unplugging” from the rest of life, and a tool kit to take home and work with every week.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Epstein Barr are very important opportunities to be pro-active in creating positive internal “talk”, in honoring the physical limitations of the body, and taking care of oneself.
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Yoga has many benefits for individuals with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found that in July 2017 there were more than 100 million U.S. adults with diabetes/pre-diabetes.1 The American Heart Association stated that 23% of American adults have metabolic syndrome which places them at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.2 Individuals with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome have received benefits from doing yoga weekly that include: Changes in Lifestyle – increased physical activity; Changes in the Body- decreased body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels; Changes in the Mind-decreased stress and increased quality of life.3
Individuals with these health issues need at least 2.5 hours a week of physical activity to aid the changes listed previously. Yoga helps to increase muscle mass which improves metabolism. A regular yoga practice that occurs at least twice a week helps to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol. Yoga helps to relax the mind and body as well as decrease stress which can lower the body’s release of cortisol which results in the body decreasing glucose release.3, 4
The yoga classes at The Blue Yoga Studio focus on breath work (pranayama) and sequences/poses that can assist individuals achieve the changes in lifestyle, body, and mind needed to deal with these health issues in a positive manner. We have classes Monday through Thursday to help you maintain the weekly practice recommended to achieve the benefits listed previously. If you are unable to work on the mat/floor then a chair class can help you with your wellness plan. You can make this the time in your life to begin to bring yoga into your weekly wellness routine.
1. New CDC report: More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, July 18, 2017 https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html
2. American Heart Association, “What is Metabolic Syndrome?”, last reviewed July 31, 2016, http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome/about-metabolic-syndrome
3. Annie Kay, MS, RDN, RYT & Lisa Nelson, MD, Yoga & Diabetes, American Diabetes Association, 2015
4. Senthil Raj Thangasami, et. al., “ Emphasis of Yoga in the Management of Diabetes”, J of Diabetes & Metabolism, Oct. 9, 2015
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