“Don’t kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose”
This has been floating around in my mind for several months now as I have found myself in so much pain my regular yoga practice no longer appeared to serve me.
With every breath the pain seemed to worsen, heat built in an isolated spot as if to say ‘notice me’. I’d reply ‘I hear you, what do you need?’ The response, ‘notice me’. It’s sent me on a journey of reflection.
How can I support myself better? How can I manage this pain that on its worst days consumes me, tears through my sleep, rips up my yoga practice, burns through my spine, seizes up my muscles and locks me into a wave of nausea.
I’m learning to navigate this new terrain that’s tearing through my life. Isolating me further.
I’ve questioned the role of Yoga in my life and after all the torment, letting go of the poses, what I could do versus what my body is capable of now, I’m learning to listen, really listen and receive the lessons. Yoga has facilitated the listening, and all the emotions I’ve had to move through to be able to hear. To really hear my body.
Do you live with chronic pain? I’d love to hear from you.
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