Living An Autoimmune Life: Using Yoga To Combat Your Chronic Pain

26993227_MYou may be an expert on yoga pants, but how much do you actually know about yoga? Yoga is basically equal parts meditation, breathing exercises and stretching. It’s something that can be used for spiritual purposes, exercise, stress relief, and even chronic pain. You may think that yoga is something you don’t have time or energy for, but it’s actually something that can only take 20 minutes of your day and you can do it at home. You may also believe that you have to be fit, flexible and have years of ballerina experience to be able to do yoga. However, this isn’t true either. Yoga can help you with your chronic pain, even if you’re doing it at a beginner’s level.

Having an autoimmune disease naturally pushes you to search for methods of making you feel better. You may or many not have considered using yoga for your chronic pain yet, but it may be worth some consideration. We’re not saying yoga will miraculously cure all of your pain, fatigue and any other symptoms you’r feeling. We’re not even promising that it will fix even one of your many symptoms you deal with on the daily. All we’re saying is that it might be worth giving yoga a shot.

Yoga has many benefits that can help ease your chronic pain symptoms. These are just some of our favorite reasons you should give it a shot.

Yoga improves your mental health.

Studies have shown that yoga can influence your brain matter to help you have a more positive and happy life. There’s basically good matter in your brain that can help you with your mental health and well-being, and there’s also bad matter that can decrease positivity and brain sharpness.

Yoga helps promote the good matter in your brain. A lot of times, we can become depressed or anxious because we’re dealing with chronic pain. It can be disheartening and lonely to deal with this kind of illness. It’s never easy. Practicing yoga can be a great way to give your brain a boost and help you stay positive.

Yoga can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Yoga is all about breathing and meditation. These are great things you can do to help relax your body and help you get to sleep. We all know that chronic pain usually creates sleeping difficulties. It’s just not easy to sleep when your body is in incredible pain. Taking time to focus on your breathing and mindfulness can help you deal with that pain. It can help you ease your mind and body into sleep. And sleep, of course, can have some really great benefits to help you throughout the day as you’re working to live with your illness.

Yoga can be a great form of exercise.

Yoga can be incredibly beneficial to your body’s health, as well as your mental health. It focuses on stretching, which can keep your body in shape. This is especially great for those of us who are dealing with chronic pain and spend a lot of time in bed. Yoga is a great form of exercise for those of us who can’t run on a treadmill or lift weights. It doesn’t have to be super hard on your body, unlink many other forms of exercise you may be used to. It’s something you can do at your own pace and in your own house.

Yoga isn’t for everyone. And it’s probably not for every woman who has an autoimmune disease or chronic pain. All we can say for sure is that when you’re dealing with debilitating pain on a daily basis, it’s worth doing anything and everything you can to improve your quality of life. We love yoga because it’s simple and easy for anyone to do, but can have incredible benefits.



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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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