Yoga For Fibromyalgia
by Carolyn Weatherson
People suffering from Fibromyalgia
have two major obstacles, pain and fatigue. There are a number of
other symptoms that are commonly seen with this rheumatic disorder as well
such as: Insomnia, Depression, poor memory and concentration,
headache, dizziness, Irritable bowel syndrome, Irritable bladder, TMJ, cold
intolerance, allergic reactions to drugs, chemicals and environmental toxins.
Yoga can help a great deal with this
disorder! The deep breathing and
mental focus will help reduce stress (and the hormones associated with it:
cortisol, sodium lactate and adrenalin) and will improve your memory
and ability to concentrate. The postures will promote lymph drainage,
detoxification, functional flexibility, circulation and
It is important
to begin with a gentle routine. Slowly, as you gain more strength you
can work your way up to a more challenging routine. Please avoid the
more vigorous styles of yoga such as Ashtanga or power yoga. This may
exacerbate your symptoms.
An ideal way to begin healing yourself
would include a beginner hatha yoga class and a daily walk.
We know that mild daily exercise is much better for fibromyalgia than a
strenuous workout two or three times a week. You can begin to build up
slowly to more intermediate yoga postures and swimming. These kinds of
daily exercises have been proven to make a solid difference to people with
Keep these tips in mind for your
Eat four or five small meals a day to keep your muscles supplied with
nutrients. Avoid meat, dairy, fried foods, white flour, processed
foods and other foods high in saturated fats. The increased
cholesterol levels interfere with circulation and promote the inflammatory
response leading to more pain. Also avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
They all lead to increased fatigue, pain and sleep disturbances.
Avoid wheat and brewer's yeast as well until symptoms improve. Limit your
consumption of green peppers, eggplant, white potatoes and tomatoes (they
interfere with enzymes in the muscles and may cause pain and discomfort)
Do Eat- Lots of raw foods and fresh
juices. Your diet should consist mainly of vegetables , fruits, whole
grains, raw nuts and seeds, skinless turkey and chicken and deep water fish.
Drink plenty of liquid to flush out toxins.
Rest and rejuvenate-
It is important that you do not overexert yourself and get an adequate
amount of restorative sleep
for help with Insomnia. A
natural dry skin brush followed by a hot shower ending with a cool rinse
will help with circulation.
Learn how to manage the stress in your
life- There are valuable techniques
you can learn at my studio
and through a variety of self-help books. This may require a
behavioural and lifestyle shift- please take the time. It's worth it!