YOGA FOR HEALTH
We all take our health for granted until one day when it lets us down or perhaps you’ve had a health issue for many years and it is making you feel depressed or stressed. How can we bring that vitality back into our lives? Yoga, I believe has the answer.
Chronic pain is often misunderstood, the only help our GP’s can offer us is pain relief, or if we’re lucky a bit of physiotherapy. Doctors are coming around to the idea that Yoga and Mindfulness training is very beneficial but as always money in the NHS is an issue, pain clinics that offer this very valuable service are few and far between and have long waiting lists. I endured chronic pain for 4 and half years. I didn’t want to live on Morphine. I was lucky; I had all the tools at my disposal within my own body. Let me show you the techniques that enabled me to keep my opiate use to a minimum.
Asthma: Pranayama (breathing techniques) and specific asanas (postures) are, I believe the key to managing your asthma along with medical intervention. Creating space within the body helps the lungs to function better.
"Having been an asthma sufferer since childhood, I had found that traditional medical treatments had proved to be unsuccessful in improving my peak flow. Since attending Julie's yoga classes I noticed an improved and sustained rise in my peak flow when i attended the asthma clinic. I would thoroughly recommend these classes to all asthma sufferers or otherwise." Kirsty, Orpington.
Crohn’s & Colitis:
Both very debilitating auto-immune diseases affecting the digestive system, and the techniques I use to help alleviate the pain and spasms from this work extremely well too for those with IBS or any digestive issue.
This is the very disease that I was diagnosed with in April 2009. I was unlucky and after a series of minor operations I had 6 major operations, the final one resulting in the total removal of what was left of my pancreas. This was an extreme case, I had “End-Stage-Idiopathic-Chronic-Calcified-Pancreatitis” but for those less serious, but just as debilitating, the only help offered is painkillers. Long term opiate use is not ideal, even trying to hold down a job becomes an issue. I had to learn a way of coping with the pain. Let me show you how.
Type 1 or Type 2? Type 1 diabetics are insulin dependent and have to keep tight control of their blood sugars because their pancreas is not producing any insulin. I have a special interest in this as I have no pancreas at all and so not only do I not have any beta cells (insulin) I also have no alpha cells (glucagon).Type 2 diabetics can often be controlled by diet alone, or a combination of diet and tablets. It has been proven that reducing weight and increasing exercise you can, in some instances, totally reverse the diagnosis. Certainly vast improvements can be made.