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Spotlight: Yoga Studio App

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Okay, I’ll admit it. For years I was one of those people who thought yoga was just plain weird. I couldn’t understand why people were raving about a “so-called” workout, which consisted of twisting your body into painfully odd shapes while being perfectly quiet. No offense, but I thought you had to be some crazy, “new age” hippy to enjoy that “so-called” workout. Well, I was wrong, very very wrong. I started getting the hint when pretty much every chronic pain management books I’ve read highly recommend yoga as one of the best workouts for people with chronic pain. I was stubborn though. I liked my exercise routine. It kept me fit, and I usually felt pretty decent afterwards. I was convinced that it was working for me, or so I thought…

Wii Fit actually introduced me to my first yoga poses. I liked them; I felt “good” after them. But a whole workout of yoga poses? No way! Well, those hints kept coming from my pain management research. Out of curiosity, I started doing more yoga poses on the Wii Fit. They definitely loosened up my tight, sore muscles (dang Fibro!) I finally gave in and bought a beginner yoga DVD. After the first time I tried it, I remember saying I felt like I had a good workout but I was calm & relaxed too. I had no idea those words could coexist! I found myself doing yoga a couple days a week on a regular basis, and then it happened: I am doing it every day! Yep, I’ve become one of those crazy, “new age” hippies. Okay, maybe not that crazy 😉 And I feel wonderful! During my yoga sessions, I can actually sense the oxygen-rich blood rushing through my body to oxygen-deprived muscles. My muscles are more loose and less tender. I’ve seen a decrease in my overall pain levels. Plus I’m more calm 🙂

To expand my yoga workouts, I decided to do some investigating into Yoga Apps. Granted I’m still a newbie, but I wanted some variety and the ability to advance in yoga poses. I looked at a bunch of apps but finally decided on the Yoga Studio app. I absolutely love it! This app has over 280 poses, ranging from beginner to advanced. There are pre-made live sessions, with choices of level, duration, and focus. You can edit or create your own session, depending on your needs or taste. It has a crisp, clean design and is easy to navigate. I don’t know all the techy mumbo-jumbo, but both the pre-made live video sessions as well as your video creations flow seamlessly due to something called “video stitch.” It even has a calendar where you can schedule or record your workout sessions. Needless to say, I highly recommend this app. It’s definitely worth the $2.99.

I’m not saying yoga is for everyone, and it’s definitely not a “fix-all” exercise solution. Btw, I don’t just do yoga; I also have a aerobic/cardio workout based on the advice of my medical team. I encourage you to do your own research and talk with your doctor about possible exercise programs. So, here a few questions for you to ponder: What types of exercises are you presently doing? Are they physically beneficial? Do you find them enjoyable, or at least, pleasant? How do you feel during and afterwards? Tired? More stressed? Refreshed? Invigorated? Here’s to an enjoyable workout!

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Mapping Fibromyalgia Resources

I don’t know about you, but over the years, I have come across so many websites, blogs, and articles. I either pasted the URL on word document to look it up later, or I would tell myself that if it is really important to me, I’ll come by that site again. Well, thanks to The Iffy Patient blog I have been introduced to Pearltrees; this amazing tool that allows you to collect, organize, and easily view your webfindings, photos, and notes. Plus you can share your Pearltrees with your friends on the Pearltree website, your blog, Facebook, and Twitter! Check it out and start “pearling” away 🙂

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Spotlight: RSDSA

Today I would like to introduce you to (or maybe you are already familiar with) RSDSA. This website has been a great reference point for me over the past couple years. RSDSA was founded in 1984, and it’s mission is to

“provide support, education, and hope to everyone affected by CRPS/RSD while we drive research to develop better treatment and a cure.”

This website has a wealth of articles on the condition, ongoing research studies, available treatments, stories from people affected with RSD/CRPS, info on support groups, and much much more. For a reasonable fee of $20 ($25 for international dues), you gain a 1-year membership of RSDSA. You will receive quarterly news letters, info on you can to get connected with others affected with CRPS/RSD, stay up-to-date with CRPS/RSD related literature and events. I highly recommend that you take browse through this website and hope you find it find it helpful as you or a loved one navigates through life with CRPS/RSD.