By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie
If you are a person with a chronic illness, chances are that you’ve been told at some point to try yoga (Check out my blog post on yoga for chronic pain here) probably via some unsolicited advice from a stranger on the internet. Yoga for Chronic Fatigue- 7 Steps to Aid Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Kayla Kurin is a different kind of yoga programme as it has been written by someone with a chronic illness themselves. This book is available as an eBook, paperback and audiobook which is great for those with chronic fatigue who find reading to be a challenge at times. As the title suggests, this book is split into seven sections that guide you through the core aspects of yoga including breathing exercises and mindfulness which is great if you’re new to yoga.
Check out my post on yoga for chronic pain here
A few years ago, I saw a physiotherapist for my chronic fatigue as I wanted to start a graded exercise programme. They suggested that I do Pilates to help strengthen my muscles before doing any other kind of exercise. Personally, I do a mixture of yoga and Pilates practices throughout the week, so I’m not an exclusive ‘Yogi’ by any means. I’ve always found the muscles strengthening exercises in Pilates to be more helpful than downward dog. However, the focus on breathing (Pranayama) during yoga does help to reduce the high heart rate caused by my POTS.
The yoga practices in this book have been designed with a chronically ill person in mind which makes them more suitable than standard yoga classes. Pictures are included, but there are free videos available on arogayoga.com
For this review, I tried the morning sequence for seven days to see if it would help my morning grogginess. As with many people with chronic fatigue, my energy levels peak during the afternoon. Below are my thoughts an doing daily yoga practice:
Day 1: The yoga poses were easy and not too strenuous on my joints. I felt somewhat energised for a short time afterwards.
Day 2: I practised the same sequence and felt energised for a short while afterwards.
Day 3: I have found it easy to incorporate his sequence into my morning routine and it helps me to stay focused during the day.
Day 4: This is the point with daily practice that I would usually start experiencing joint pain. As these poses are easy on the joints, I do not have any joint pain.
Day 5: Rest day.
Day 6: Starting my day with a regular yoga practice had led to me being calmer and more focused during the day. Naturally this wears off later in the day.
Day 7: At the end of the week, I find that I am more energised following the yoga practice and my morning grogginess is reduced.
Final Thoughts: This sequence is easy to follow and is so much easier than attending a yoga class. Although, this is not a cure for chronic fatigue, I have found it to boost my energy levels for a short period of time in addition to improving my concentration.
- Great for those who are new to yoga
- Available in several formats
- Long (103 pages) and wordy in places
- A bit basic for those who have attended a yoga class before
Overall, I would recommend this book to someone with chronic fatigue who wanted to start a gentle exercise programme for the first time. Find out more at arogayoga.com