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Help Students with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What are some appropriate asanas for a student with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)? And are there cautions for a teacher to be aware of?

Read Aadil Palkhivala's reply:

Dear Annette,

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often a misdiagnosed problem. Most of the time, the pain and fatigue are caused by inappropriate nutrition and overexposure to environmental toxins, such as artificial pesticides, fertilizers, and weed killers. It can also be caused by food allergies or dehydration. However, if it is truly CFS, it is a problem often called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS) or postviral fatigue syndrome (PVFS). This is serious, since the nervous system is involved. I suggest a very gentle asana program, mainly of restoratives. This would include practicing fully supported versions of the following poses: Balasana (Child's Pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend), and Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose). These should all be done for about five minutes each with gentle deep breathing, inhaling light green light and exhaling dark grey or brown smoky light.

Remember that in the case of CFS, often rest does not ease the pain. We must consider alternatives, such as whole-food nutrition through juices.

Recognized as one of the world's top yoga teachers, Aadil Palkhivala began study of yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar at the age of 7 and was introduced to the yoga philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother at the age of 10. He received the Advanced Yoga Teacher's Certificate at the age of 22 and is the founder-director of internationally-renowned Yoga Centers™ in Bellevue, Washington and the founder of Purna Yoga™. Acclaimed as the "teacher of teachers," Aadil is also a federally-certified Naturopath, a certified ayurveda">Ayurvedic Health Science Practitioner, a clinical hypnotherapist, a certified Shiatsu and Swedish bodywork therapist, a lawyer, and an internationally-sponsored public speaker on the mind-body-energy connection, and director of the internationally-recognized school for yoga teachers, The College of Purna Yoga.

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