WHAT IS A SPOONIE?
"Spoonie” is an affectionate nickname for people living with chronic illness. It is based on the Spoon Theory which was written by Christine Miserandino to explain how people living with chronic illness must carefully budget their energy in order to get through the day. I call my style of yoga Spoonie Yoga because these are gentle practices that are appropriate for Spoonies. I love using this nickname to create a sense of community and friendship between us chronic illness warriors. Although we may not share the same physical space, we support and love each other. We are all connected.
I HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS. HOW DO I START DOING YOGA?
The most important thing is to start slow and listen to your body as you begin yoga. The key is to avoid pushing the body into a flare up or post-exertional malaise. You can get my tips for getting started in this blog post and this blog post. I also have a free ebook that you can download here. It is a beginner's guide to the foundations of yoga with one breathing exercise, one meditation practice, and 3 asana (physical) yoga practices.
I AM BED-BOUND. CAN I STILL DO YOGA?
Yes! Yoga is for everyBODY! Many of the yoga practices I create can be done in bed. I even have a few that are done completely lying down, so you don’t even have to be able to lift your head to do them. You can browse my free yoga practices here, or check out my spoonie-friendly yoga class bundles here.
WHAT YOGA STRetCHES ARE GOOD FOR BACK PAIN?
There are many! I have a free yoga class for back pain that you can try by clicking here. I also have a couple yoga classes for scoliosis that you may like to try. This one is a ten minute practice with poses you can do daily. This one is a slightly longer practice that can also be done daily if desired.
WHAT STRETCHES ARE GOOD FOR NECK PAIN?
Neck pain can be so frustrating, and unfortunately it requires daily stretching if you want to maintain pain relief. I have a neck and shoulder release available in my Spoonie Yoga: Daily 5 class bundle. The practice is just five minutes long, so you can easily work it into your daily routine.
can i download your yoga classes?
Yes! When you join my monthly membership program, you are able to access downloadable yoga classes, guided meditations, e-guides and journaling exercises. Click here to learn more.
what are your diagnoses?
I was diagnosed with Primary Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison's Disease) in 2015, Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s) in 2017, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) in 2017. I also experience frequent migraines and am pursuing an Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis. If you’d like to follow more of my personal journey with chronic illness, check out my Instagram page!
WHAT DIET DO YOU EAT FOR YOUR CHRONIC ILLNESS?
I eat a plant-based vegan diet that is also gluten-free. I initially went vegan for ethical reasons, but over the years, I have learned so much about nutrition. I am convinced that a vegan diet is the ideal way of eating if you want to have a vibrant life. I eat gluten-free as recommended by my doctor because of the autoimmune nature of my illnesses. If you are not sensitive to gluten, I would encourage you to continue enjoying it You can watch this video for more information about the diet I use to treat Hypothyroidism.
what is spoonie yoga tribe?
Click here to find out more about my monthly membership program and any related questions.