Sharing the benefits of yoga for chronic pain

  Just a quick post to share how excited I am to begin teaching yoga to peoople with chronic pain.  Next week I begin teaching “Yoga Ease” classes every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of September. I’m looking foward to learning and growing as I teach and hopefully supporting people to feel like they…

Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m continuing to implement strategies and make changes so that I live well with chronic pain.  Since my last post I’ve reduced my hours at work.  It was the last piece of the puzzle for improving my quality of life.  I found myself flaring up every weekend…

Exercise is medicine

The most valuable thing I’ve learned from having chronic pain is the power of exercise. I know this is a tough subject for many people who experience chronic pain and chronic disease but try to stay with me for a bit. I experience chronic pain daily and have been for years. When it first started,…

The things I’ll do for sleep

This last month I’ve been on a mission to improve my sleep. I recently had a bad phase of insomnia that led me to thinking more about what I can do to ensure a good night’s sleeep. I haven’t been sleeping properly for years mostly because of the pain and other symptoms that wake me…

Breaking through my cycle of loss

When you have a chronic illness it can feel like you’re repeatedly  experiencing loss. Loss of ability, loss of energy, loss of identity, loss of sexuality, loss of fun and recreation, loss of friendship, loss of love and so on. This experience of loss can come and go with flare ups and good days. Just…

Being OK with “Being”

Since my last post about acceptance and balance, I’ve been thinking a lot about why it’s so hard for so many of us to feel at ease with doing less in order to achieve balance. Obviously, I can’t speak for everyone but I can share how I felt when I was forced to start doing…

There’s strength in being gentle with yourself

Today I had a plan to check out the SFU community choir after work.  I’ve been looking forward to singing with them all week.   Unfortunately I had some pain last night that had me starting off my work day sleep deprived.   I know that if I go tonight it will only make my pain worse…

Challenge and change core beliefs: The power of thoughts

It’s been 7 days since I started this blog and this journey back to feeling like myself again (but even better). I’ve made a lot of progress already but it’s been a long time coming. It’s kind of like quitting smoking or kicking some other bad habit or developing a healthy habit. You think about…

Giving myself a break: Exercises in self-compassion

Today is all about starting to integrate more self-compassion into my daily life. This morning while on my way to the gym, I realized I’ve been pretty hard on myself about how I’ve been handling the process of learning how to manage chronic Illness. Because I’ve had no support from medical professionals, and there aren’t…

Baby steps

 I was hoping to bike to work today but,  unfortunately, I woke up from a terrible nights sleep and realized it was going to be a heating pad on the couch kind of day.  So, I had to begin this journey with gentle, baby steps.  Luckily, Adriene had a video for how I was feeling this morning.  Although I…