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 and needing to sleep almost all day and night just so I could go to work on Monday. Even when I went to work, I struggled to get through the day. I simply wasn’t living anymore. I was maintaining at best. I knew I needed to make some changes, and I did.
Another thing I did since my last post that played a huge role in transforming my life for the better was completing a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Karma Teachers. I obtained a Pain Care Yoga Teacher Certificate through Semperviva Yoga with Tianne Allan. I truly didn’t think I could do it, but I did it somehow. It was such a great experience. I met incredible people, felt more connected to community again, and got to learn from the best teachers. I will forever cherish the experience. The learning hasn’t stopped though. It’s really just begun, and I definitely intend to take many more yoga teacher training courses. I also expect to learn so much more through teaching and life.
The next phase of my journey is bringing yoga to people who once felt like me- like there is little out there to help them manage chronic pain or feel like traditional yoga classes aren’t as accessible for them. Living with chronic pain can be an isolating experience, and I found that attending yoga classes really helped me with that aspect of chronic pain as well. I definitely feel more connected with others when I attend a class.
I’m excited to direct my energy toward helping others experience the benefits of yoga. Yoga has changed my experience with chronic pain for the better, and I truly believe it can change other people’s experience with it. But don’t take my word for it (because I’m not a medical professional) explore the resources below to better understand the science of pain and the positive effects of yoga on our experience with pain and other conditions.
How Does Yoga Relieve Chronic Pain?
Yoga for pain relief
Life is Now Pain CareTM
The influence of a yoga exercise program for young adults with intellectual disabilities