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Yoga for Pain classes PerthGentle Yoga is designed especially for those suffering from Fibromyalgia and persistent pain.  Many pain sufferers come to Gentle Yoga because general classes in the community, even beginners classes, are just too intense.  Gentle Yoga allows them to practice at their own level, gradually building strength, flexibility and body awareness.   As they build a new relationship with the way they use their bodies, students find a new relationship with their pain.
"I am very glad to have been recommended to Finding Yoga by my physiotherapist.  Thank you for a terrific introduction to yoga. I have enjoyed the Tuesday class and look forward to being part of the group next year. Gentle yoga has become an important part of my overall approach to pain management" (Felicity Bodycoat, 2012)

I run a yoga program for people suffering from chronic pain.  Today I was particularly inspired by the progress the current group of women have made in their understanding of their bodies and themselves. 16 weeks into their yoga experience they attempted - and many performed - crow pose, a challenging arm balance. 

To give you an idea of just how impressive this is, in lesson one of Yoga for Pain we often only move hands and feet because anything more aggravates the participants' pain. 

What makes this kind of progress possible?

Trust in the process of life” My experience with chronic fatigue and yoga Ellie Gilna Ellie Vrksasana “Trust in the process of life” is a phrase Mum passed on to me years ago and one that sort of stuck with me.  Over the past 18 months it has become fundamental to my being. In December 2011 I became sick with a ‘mystery virus’.  A little queasy, gastric annoyances, skin rash, exhaustion.  I took a few days off work.  All the tests came back fine – “just rest and recuperate” said the Doctor.  Time passed and nothing changed, two weeks, Christmas, New Years, back to work time, but still I was experiencing intense fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, chronic pain and yucky body sensations.  In the end I was diagnosed with Post Viral Fatigue, which then became Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chloe wanted to take up more physical activity but was restricted by muscle and joint pain from sarcoidosis.  Her condition seemed to be exacerbated by being run down, and while she said she felt most well after a good sleep, she suffered from insomnia.  Chloe’s psychologist specialises in pain and recommended her to Yoga for Pain.

John was experiencing pain in a number of postures in his Bikram Yoga class and wanted to know what was and wasn’t suitable for an ongoing problem in his back.  He had been seeing a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for persistent back pain that he attributed to twenty years of high-level sport and physical work.  John’s physiotherapist considered that John could benefit from an outside perspective on his yoga practice so that he could practice safely and in the most beneficial way for his body.