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Yoga for Fibro
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Leigh Anne - July 25

Does anyone know a good DVD for beginning Yoga for Fibro? I tried a beginners class and couldn't do it at all - too much pain.


javabean - August 31

I have a DVD called "Yoga for everybody". You can select what body areas, level of skill, and length of routine you would like. So you can choos a 10 minute easy stretch or a 50 minute advanced workout depending on your mood. The poses however do not flow into each other, such as in vinyassa yoga.


Sirri - September 10

Another good DVD is by Crunch and is titled Candlelight Yoga. They have a relaxing routine and an energizing routine. They are super for the beginner. I strongly recommend it. It's also a good one for people who do yoga for a while and then take long hiatus' (like me).


Gavin - October 15

Leigh Anne, always start any exercise at your own pace whether with FM or not. No specific reccomendation, but be prepared to adapt each exercise as you see it to your level of strength and flexibility.

I think pilates has a greater emphasis on flexibility and therefore may be a better starting point.

But remember, your pace, adapt the exercise, stop BEFORE it hurts. :)


Patsfan - February 28

I used to teach Yoga, and I know that gentle yoga is the choice. Real gentle. Also there is a restorative yoga that is very passive, but requires bolsters and pillows and knowledge to set it up. This would be great for FM, but it is a lot of work to set yourself up. It would be helpful to have an instructor to do it. Yoga Therapy might help too. I don't know of any DVD's on FM and yoga though, I would be interested in that too.


JAD3 - March 15

Hi, there is one yoga exercise which is good for FM and that is a movement called "The Cat"...I think?
You go on all fours and extend your back upwards keeping hands and knees on floor (like a cat arching its back). You then do the reverse - arch the spine towards the floor.
Apparently this is the best exercise for strengthening our core muscles.

Hope this helps


ArrowDel - March 26

Actually, to get the *perfect* routine for yourself have to make one ...just rent/buy DVD's and note the moves you can and cannot do..eventually you'll be able to add in some of the moves that were in the "Cannot" catagory ...and even later you'll be able to add in more advanced moves... so on and so forth...just have fun with it and don't push yourself too hard or force yourself to do something that might hurt you.


jmt - April 7

I have had success with a gentle yoga video I bought years ago. I don't know if it is still available, but maybe you could find it. It is called Kripalu yoga gentle. If you follow the advice of the "yogi" by listening to your body and don't push yourself farther than your body can do that day, it has been very helpful


boundershaven - June 19

I have always done the Sunrise Salutation. If my back is flared up i can't do the entire thing so i just do what i can do and i have found it still helps. there are a few videos of it on youtube to help give you the idea


oneday - September 11

Use the yoga blocks. I think many people aren't aware of them. I started yoga and it was too hard then I tried the block i can now work through the entire workout. Good luck


Nanee - September 30

I ordered a DVD from Ebay called Yoga for Whimps. :) So far it looks do-able. Has 2 different ways to do it. One way you can use a chair to assist you.


Tamz - January 10

Remember no matter what you do...start slow and at your own pace. I love Rodney Yee as an instructor and find his beginner DVDs are really good (and I only do the gentle type) crazy postures


fit4success - January 21

I use Wii Fit for basic yoga and it works well for me.


mm30 - July 22

i too use wii fit for yoga, muscle stretches and aerobics. Not only is it great for easing out the aches but as i suffer low moods i find its great to get the blood flowing and i always feel happier after a session. i have a fake left hip as well so yoga classes are embarrasing and difficult. with the wii i can stumble around my sitting room and not feel awkward.


mimosette - August 12

I have kind of adapted yoga poses and made up my own poses. Many of the traditional poses require me to place weight on my sore places (knees, for instance), even if done on a thick mat.

I even have worked out a routine I do in the lake when swimming. But I have always had this strange ability to float even in upright "standing " position without moving, so that allows me to sit in full lotus position , etc, while in deep water and meditate. Which is simply lovely for pain.(but gets me some really strange looks from passing fishermen, LOL)


Manhattan - August 29

I love Rodney Yee...however, all his DVD's are not beginner level. You would love the DVD "AM/PM yoga"'s very mild...alot of stretching...nothing complicated. It's also a short program...I would say 20 minutes at the most...and the PM program really relaxes you so you can sleep better. If you're like most of us with Fibromyalgia..we don't sleep too well. Note: the PM program is instructed by another well know yoga instructor Patricia Walden..she, like Rodney Yee have a calm soothing voice.


AnimaliaPrime - November 17

I took a beginning yoga class and made sure the instructor knew about my fibro issues. If you get the right instructor and the right class environment it will work. I just don't do poses that cause a lot of pain and the instructor always tells us that if we need to modify a pose to accommodate a stiff joint or different anatomical alignment, that we should, and she tells us the ways we can safely modify and still get benefit. I will probably be in that beginning class for years before I can switch to intermediate, if ever. But I feel a LOT better while doing just the beginning stuff.

I personally wouldn't recommend learning yoga from a video because there are things that you could do be doing wrong and never know it. In a class, the instructor will walk around and make sure your hips are properly aligned in poses so you don't injure or strain your back, etc. And they can help you figure out what poses you will be able to do if you work up to them, and which, your body shouldn't try to do or won't be able to do.
I found that the first several classes kicked my ass--but I persevered and pushed past some of the pain and I came out on the other side feeling loads better--a lot of my muscle pain just disappeared. I think those of us with fibro tend to guard and protect against the pain(of course we would), but sometimes I think it's to our detriment. ANYONE with a normal body, that's out of shape, would feel some pain and fatigue when starting an exercise routine, so I think sometimes we need to remember that not all pain is bad or permanent. Our muscles want to be exercised and used. Now, please don't get me wrong, I understand the issue of balance and that there is a fine line between "enough exercise" and "too much exercise". This is why I recommend taking a class for specific practices like yoga and Tai Chi. Learn the basics with human help and interaction and THEN go get a video for refreshers at home and for continual use.



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