All posts filed under: yoga

Pain News Network: Aroga Yoga

Here’s my newest column for the Pain News Network! One of the most popular remedies that pain management doctors like to recommend for patients is yoga. Not only has yoga created a revolution in the fitness and apparel worlds, but it also is touted as a great way for chronic pain patients to exercise. This generally leaves us patients in a strange spiral of “I hurt too much to work out” and then feeling worse because we aren’t moving. Physical activity is necessary in whatever form we can manage. I have several instructional DVDs, but only a few of them are actually tailored to people with illness and pain. I decided to go hunting for the Big Kahuna. My search was not in vain: I discovered Kayla Kurin, creator of Aroga Yoga. “Aroga,” which I thought was just a great rhyme, actually means “healthy, well, or free from disease.” Ms. Kurin is a yoga teacher based in London who focuses exclusively on chronic pain and illness, as she uses it to manage her own chronic fatigue …

Yoga for Chronic Illness

Just thought you might like to know that this online yoga class from Aroga Yoga is available soon and is specifically tailored to those suffering from chronic pain and illness! There are also a couple of free videos to try. The course itself is $97 USD, which I think is great for six one-hour yoga classes, one-on-one chats with the instructor, and two group chats. As the site says: The Course: -6 one-hour videos of yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. All you need to access the videos is an internet connection and computer or mobile device! -One to one unlimited email support for the duration of the course and 3 months afterward. -2 group chat sessions where you can talk to me and other students in the course. These will happen twice throughout the duration of the course and you are able to ask questions and connect with others living with chronic illnesses. Dates: The course runs 3 times a year. The next session starts July 6! Cost: Huge beta discount on right now! The full course …

Embracing Pain with Mindfulness

Is it better to ignore pain or embrace it? I thought for the longest time that by meeting my pain head-on, I was doing myself a good service. And it’s true; ignoring pain can be emotionally and mentally taxing. If I embraced the pain, I would be able to discover the edges of it. Then I could encase it in a box within my mind, if that makes any sense. I’d be able to get outside of my own head. Surely this was better than ignoring how I felt? Better than pressing onward despite feeling like a train was chug-a-chug-a-chugging along my spinal column? After the first accident, I thought that I’d felt the worst pain I could ever feel. After the second accident, naturally, I realized that the pain can get worse. The pain can always get worse. And where before I could feel the edges of it, after the second accident I was burning inside, burning outside, just burning. I tried to face it; instead, I was directed by it. If I turned too quickly and felt …