Autonomy in a Nutshell

You are the Authority on You. You are the Expert on You. No one knows Your Body better than You do. No one is inside Your Body and Mind besides You. Be wary of any coach or trainer who claims expertise that supersedes your own Self-knowledge. Be wary of any yoga teacher who claims to know you better than you know yourself. Trust Yourself. Trust in your own Self-knowledge and Self-awareness. What can coaches, trainers, and teachers do for you? They can partner with you and your knowledge of your own body to help improve your general overall health or…

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ANECDOTALLY: how I manage chronic pain

Chronic pain is a bitch. I’ve been dealing with pain for about 15 years now. About a year ago, I got a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a ‘syndrome’ with a group of overlapping symptoms, and nothing specific found in medical tests. I always have pain – and it was only in recent years that I realized this is not normal for everybody. I am fortunate that the pain I feel is usually manageable and bearable – for me, fatigue ends up being a larger issue impacting my daily life. But after a while, pain really wears you down. Chronic pain can lead to…

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Start Small

Start small. Start where you are. When it comes to making life changes, as much as I love positive self-talk and big ideas, I am an even bigger fan of practicality. If you are in a space of self-hate, self-love won’t just walk in the door and kick the self-hate aside. You have to start where you are, and find a small step you can actually manage right now, in your current headspace. Googling “positive affirmations” won’t fix you. You have to do something you can see and measure. If you are depressed, you feel exhausted, you feel stuck, you feel…

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Electrolyte Depletion

“Why Do I Feel Sick In Class?” You have a rough class. It begins with a headache. Then you feel a bit dizzy. You take a knee, you decide to sit out a posture, take a break. You get up and try another posture, you sit down again. You start to feel nauseated, you wonder if you’ll need to run out of the room to vomit. You’re worried now, “what’s wrong with me?” By the end of class you are absolutely wiped out. When you come out of the hot yoga room to talk to the teacher, you are convinced there…

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Building a Habit

I have many good qualities. (It’s okay for me to say this. There was a time I thought it wasn’t, but it actually is okay. We’re given the message that liking ourselves is not okay. And so we don’t dare. Well, now I dare. I dare to like myself. That sounds funny, and it’s a bit tongue in cheek, but how many years did I spend NOT liking myself before I started to change my mind? Many years. And I wasn’t alone. Even now, I know very few people who honestly like themselves as they are. Everyone is looking to…

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SI Joint injury & Yoga: TAKE A BREAK

[SI joint injury frequently intersects with other causes of low back pain, such as bulging discs, arthritis, and muscular strains; these guidelines are also appropriate for injuries to low back, pelvis, & hips.] Previously: SI Joint Dysfunction Intro, SI Joint Injury & Yoga practice I will talk more about SI Joint & low back injury management and specific postures in the Bikram Yoga series in the future. I am sharing safe guidelines to approach a yoga practice WITH an injury to the SI Joint (and by extension, most injuries to the back, low back, hips, pelvis, etc etc etc.), because if you insist…

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