I live with a small handful of chronic illnesses, and on any given day (or hour) I wake up feeling pretty unwell. I know I’m not alone… many of us live with chronic pain, invisible or visible, mental or physical chronic illness. I’m talking about those of us who are going to bed in pain, and waking up in pain. Those of us that have days where taking a shower is a major hurdle. Walking through life with digestive issues that leave us in uncomfortable and embarrassing situations, or debilitating periods that take us out of work and out of commission. Your brain fog makes remembering to get the class on the calendar non-negotiable if you stand any chance of making it happen. I see you there with your ever-present worry, and hopelessness. I see you there with your take out boxes, messy house and your ok’est parenting.
I also see you wanting very much to feel better. To have something to commit to that feels doable. I see you (re)committing day after day to start doing that thing you know will help you feel better; but it’s just been so hard to get up the energy to actually do it. I see you because I AM you. I do not have a Yoga Therapy certification (yet!). I do not diagnose or treat medical issues. However, I live with more health struggles than I care to and have training and personal experience using yogic strategies to cope with chronic health issues. I firmly believe in the therapeutic benefits of Yoga, and invite you to join me to learn more about simple but powerful movements, breath work, embodiment, yogic philosophy and more to help ease some of the suffering of the human condition.
This practice is guided by your body, so it is appropriate for any body. Yoga for Spoonies features gentle, breath-centered movement, mindfulness and embodiment strategies to get curious and explore what the body is asking for; and different ways you may be able to give it the answer it’s looking for. You can expect to enjoy gentle stretching & strengthening postures, integrating Yin and restorative - style postures, calming pranayama (breathwork), meditation, Yoga Nidra, and self-myofascial release. You can also expect a compassionate, non-judgemental, and welcoming environment with someone who gets it.
As always, my offerings are body-positive and size-inclusive. Classes are designed with big bodies in mind. This is a come-as-you-are kind of class! No shower or supportive undergarments required ;). Beginners welcome!
General recommended props include: bolster, 2 blocks, blankets, pillows, eye pillows, a strap, foam roller, and a couple of myofascial release balls. There is NO NEED to go buy new gear unless you really want to! Firm furniture cushions can double for bolsters, rolls of paper towels make great supports for the knees in certain poses, just about anything can double for an eye pillow, a scarf or belt could be used in place of a strap, and tennis balls are a great sub for myofascial release balls, stack up books in place of blocks - you catch my drift. I’ll post on Facebook each Sunday morning with what supplies would be good to gather.