You Said: Reader Comments on Yoga as Healing
Probably most importantly, I have learned to really turn the "unfortunate" diagnosis of lupus into one of the centers of meaning for my life; I now lead a lupus support group, am trying to increase my little traveling yoga business for folks who tend to have difficulty getting out of their house, and I am currently putting together a Yoga for Chronic illness course. I call my little yoga "business" Svaruh Yoga; "svaruh" in sanskrit means "grown from its own root, or firmly rooted," and my starting point for the chronically ill (or anyone, really) is to find the ground beneath their feet THAT DAY, and grow FROM THERE; as you well know, if someone tries to grow from a point where they used to be, or where they want to be, as so many chronically ill folks do, growth will not only not happen, but further damage is more likely.
As a 50 year old, after feeling progressively more miserable with onset of perimenapause, a car accident, arthritis, worn away knee cartilage and a bad back, I happened upon a high school adult ed yoga class. My life has not been the same. It has been about a year and a half now. I no longer need any medications (pain killers, anti-inflammatory, Xanex, etc.).
I've pretty much taken it slow and easy, never pushing too much, always listening to my body and lo and behold I feel like I have a new body. I've become firmer all over, and I no longer stress out monthly. My job, my relationships and life have gotten so much easier. And--one thing that I don't hear people mention too often--boy has it enhanced my love life. My agile and flexible body seems so young again. I am still working toward incorporating more yoga into my life, but even a few hours a week makes all the difference in the world. The physical and mental strength gained seems almost impossible to measure.
If there were a Ms.or Mr. Yoga I would send flowers.