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That chronic pain/mental illness intersection feel when “do i have no energy nor desire nor physical capability to do shit because im depressed or am i depressed because i have no energy nor desire nor physical capability to do shit”
Part I of Yoga for MS
*Reminder that I am not a doctor, always listen to yourself and your body’s needs first!
Here are just a few examples of poses and movements one can try to help improve their sense of balance, balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, strengthen muscles, and even aid in digestion.
Photos 1-3: Crawling! (This exercise is best done on a thick carpet or yoga mat).
- Crawling is surprisingly one of the best exercises one can do to help strengthen back muscles, increase blood circulation, and oxygenate the brain.
- Begin on your hands and knees. Bring both the right hand and left knee forward, repeat this on the other side with your left hand and right knee.
- Take small steps, and always, always listen to your body! If this feels uncomfortable in any way feel free to take a break. Individuals with MS particularly need to watch out for overtiring the muscles, so take it slow and go with the flow :) Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. You can also try and work up to doing this for ten, or even twenty minutes each day.
Photos 4 & 5- Cat/Cow
- Instead of the typical movement of Cow, (inhale, lifting the sitting bones and heart towards the ceiling, belly sinks towards the floor), this “tabletop” pose will be our Cow for this practice.
- Inhale, and begin on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position. Make sure your knees are set directly below your hips, your wrists directly below your shoulders, and your elbows and shoulders are in line. Center your head and neck in a neutral position, eyes gazed towards the floor.
- From this “tabletop” position, exhale, rounding your spine toward the ceiling, making sure to keep your shoulders and knees steady and still. Release your head toward the floor, but make sure you do not force your chin to your chest. Inhale, coming back to neutral “tabletop” position on your hands and knees. Essentially, every inhale you will be in “tabletop”, every exhale you will be in Cat.
- Try completing this gentle flowing movement 10-20 times.
Photos 6-9: Opposite Arm & Leg Lift
- Begin in “tabletop” once again, making sure your knees are directly below your hips and your hands are directly below your shoulders. Slowly lift your right arm up, and if you feel comfortable, slowly float your left leg up and back. You can even try grasping your toes, ankle, shin, or calf with your hand (as pictured above). Try and hold for five seconds, then gently release and repeat on the other side. Try and complete 10 reps (once on each side = 1 rep).
Remember to always listen to your body! If anything hurts, back off a bit and relax. A big thank you to Yogajournal for some of the information featured above. Of course, individuals not living with MS can incorporate these movements into their practice. Crawling and Cat/Cow are both wonderful movements for individuals with arthritis and back problems.
Take care of yourself xx
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