Yoga is a lifelong journey, and like all the things we work on for years, the practice will have phases and cycles for each of us as individuals. This is as it should be.
But what if you have MS? Or chronic fatigue syndrome? Or fibromyalgia? Or other chronic conditions that make daily life more challenging?
All the more reason to practice yoga. It can help with symptoms and the not-really-symptom problems that come with chronic conditions, like pain, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and stress, in addition to helping with physical issues like range of motion, strength, flexibility, and balance.
The single best, most effective way to incorporate yoga into your daily life isn’t by finding group classes–it’s by developing your home yoga practice. When we have health challenges, once a week isn’t enough for yoga to make much of a difference. We need to practice most days of the week–or every day.
Components of a Home Yoga Practice
When we talk about starting a home yoga practice, there are several things we’re talking about all at once:
-creating the habit of practicing yoga at home.
-learning postures and techniques that support your body and your needs, and designing sequences for yourself.
-holding space in your schedule and your home for your practice.
-collecting all the things you need for your practice to be fun and helpful for you, including your mat, props, music, and any guides or reference materials that are helpful for you.
If you’re new to yoga, or not in the habit of practicing at home, this can seem like a lot of work and research to get started. Why not bring in an expert to coach you through it all?
Where I Come In
I’ve partnered with the local branch of the MS Society to design a six-week course to help folks with MS (or folks with other conditions, and their caregivers, spouses, family members…) design and build their own home yoga practices. We’ll talk about what habits are, and how to create a yoga habit, along with learning poses, exercises, and techniques that each student can combine and adapt at home to suit their own needs. We will meet for six weeks, on Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Form Studio in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill/University neighborhood, from Nov. 1 – Dec. 13.