Okay, I admit I've been away from my yoga practice for quite some time. At the tail end of last year it was pure laziness. All this winter it's been due to illness. But, I am feeling about 99% better! This week I resolved to spring clean my diet (again) and go back to exercising as I can. I've been in quite the flare with terrible pain in my knees, wrists and fingers. This is due to delaying my Methotrexate and Remicade infusions for illness. When I infused again after 12 weeks, it was not enough to put me back in remission. I have high hopes for the next one in three weeks.
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One form of exercise I find I can do without becoming more ill or inviting more pain is gentle Hatha yoga. I practice at home with a dvd I find suits my limited abilities well. I have a new dvd from the same instructor geared toward relaxation and I am excited to try that one out. If you are considering beginning a yoga practice, it is a good idea to check with your rheumatologist or other physician, first.
Why Hatha? I tried Vinyasa Flow yoga and a couple of other forms, but learned that they did not suit me. For example, one of the most basic resting poses in yoga is Child's Pose. But, when I compress my knees in this pose, they dislocate, requiring all my weight in a standing position to pop them back into place. Very painful. Once, in a Vinyasa Flow class I dislocated my right shoulder moving from Downward Facing Dog to Upward Facing Dog. This required expensive physical therapy to correct. The first Hatha dvd I tried did not utilize any poses that I could not do, although I find any kneeling pose to be unbearable.
So, tomorrow morning (I promise), I will attempt to resume my gentle Hatha practice. I am hoping my knees can take it and that it may even help with my pain. I'll let you know how it goes. Until next week.