I’ve had many clients, friends and yoga students ask me how I healed my back. I usually kind of shake my head, sigh and say, “That’s a long story.” But we all want to hear positive stories of health and healing, to know that we are going through is not in isolation, that someone else…

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I spent over three years experiencing intense, chronic back pain due to severe hypermobility. During that time, I searched for a myriad of solutions. Traditional physical therapy didn’t work. Pain meds didn’t work. Massage didn’t work. There was no quick fix or pill that was easy to swallow. Instead, I eventually settled on a team…

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How do you speak to your body? Do your conscious thoughts toward your body match your unconscious thoughts? Every time you get a compliment and reply, “Thanks,” is your body able to absorb that positive attention, or does your inner dialogue feed negative talk into the tissues and cells of your body?   I haven’t…

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Twisted 1

July 1, 2010

Two weeks ago, I started working with an additional physical therapist, one who works with the mechanics of the spine. While her fingers were placed along the bony protrusions of the sacrum and vertabrae (the spinous processes) I stood and sat, arched and slouched. Diagnosis one: My pelvis is twisted to the left. No kidding?!?!!…

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Revitilization 2

June 2, 2010

It’s been a long time since I’ve written. And not because I didn’t have plenty to say, but I decided to follow the old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It wasn’t that I had a mouthful of hateful words to spout, but more that I’ve been in such…

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(Re)Injury 0

April 27, 2010

I hurt my back again. I was having a fabulous two weeks of no pain. I started jogging lightly again. I started back bending more consistently. I was a bit tight and stiff on Friday morning, and when teaching, I folded forward into uttanasana and my low back went into those awful, painful spasms that…

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Injury? Really? 1

February 12, 2010

I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve written, and for most of today, I’ve been thinking about this great piece I was going to write about changing priorities and such. My plan has lately been to start incorporating all my favorite activities back into my routine – activities I’ve had to let go…

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My body hurts today. Running four miles on day three after sitting for seven hours in a car was probably not such a good idea.  (Especially since I haven’t run more than three miles in about two months).  Working Taraksvasana A with an injured back, followed up by a stiff, three hour nap was probably…

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