Yoga & Mindful Movement
Because the way you move your body matters.
You know those people you meet who LOVE exercising? The ones that go to the gym all the time, participate in Crossfit competitions, and run marathons? Yeah. That’s NOT me. Never has been and never will be. Even before diet culture sank its nasty claws in me, and the concept of using exercise as punishment for my dietary “transgressions”, I was not a huge fan of formal exercise. I would dread going to the gym. I’d hate every minute I spent on the treadmill or elliptical machine. I did find a small amount of joy in weight lifting, but it was never enough to say I truly loved it.
When I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune condition, I had to take a hard look at how I was moving my body. The high-stress workouts that I used to do fell by the wayside as I tuned into my body and recognized that, even though exercise can be healthy, the way I was doing it at the time was NOT healthy for my specific body. I had to re-learn how to exercise in a way that was beneficial and supportive to my body. I ditched the gym, got serious about yoga, made walking a daily thing, and did body weight strength training as I was able. Some days I move more than others, but every day I strive to work some sort of movement into my schedule.
If you’re dealing with chronic illness and you haven’t already looked at the way you move your body, now is a great time to do that. In most cases, traditional exercise in the way we know it can actually be more damaging to our physical (not to mention emotional and mental) health. That’s why I prefer to call exercise MINDFUL MOVEMENT or INTUITIVE MOVEMENT. It’s about finding ways to move your body that brings you joy and doesn’t feel overly stressful or painful.
Below are all of the articles I’ve written to date on this topic. Feel free to peruse and use the information to guide your own unique healing journey. Yoga is by far one of the best forms of movement for those managing chronic illness. Walking, dancing, and T-Tapp are three other activities that are great for those who don’t have the energy to do strenuous exercise, but who still want to reap the benefits of movement.