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Thriving with chronic illness

thriving with chronic illnessThriving with chronic illness is a huge part of my life story.  I know what it’s like to struggle with the symptoms of a chronic illness such as pain and fatigue.  I’ve been diagnosed with four auto immune diseases.  Yoga has been a huge part of my self-care journey for the past 25 years.  Yoga has given me a path to walk I can journey on my entire life.  Because of my diagnoses, I’ve had to stop multiple activities that brought me joy – blacksmithing, horseback riding, lounging in the sun at the beach all day.  Yoga is something I could do before my health challenges were an issue, it’s something I can enjoy now, and I will be able to adjust my practice in the future to stay with it.

  As we walk the chronic health path, it can be a challenge to find things that are constants in our lives.  We rightly have to give some things up, and I’m grateful for the things I can still do in spite of my health.  I believe yoga can fill that void for you as well since it’s infinitely customizable.  You can always practice yoga and I wrote this guide to support in your yoga journey.


It includes 8 yoga tools to help guide you to thriving with chronic illness:

  • Concentration
  • Self Compassion
  • Accessible Yoga
  • Aqua Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Yoga Journaling
  • Flexibility
  • Getting Social

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There’s no P in our OOL

There’s no P in our OOL

I’m so excited to announce the publication of my first book, There’s no P in our OOL, Using yoga philosophy to transform your aqua yoga practice.     This clear, concise book walks you through the philosophy of the yoga yamas and niyamas and how you can apply them to your life and aqua yoga… Continue Reading

Gulfport Lupus Seminar

  Gulfport Lupus Seminar Linda Ruescher, Program Director of the Lupus Foundation of Florida, will be speaking on managing lupus pain and fatigue. A representative from the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund will be on hand to discuss how they can help women in FL with their healthcare needs. Christa Fairbrother, Yoga for Arthritis Instructor, will… Continue Reading

Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month

  For the month of May, I tried to wear purple to all my classes and talk about Lupus Awareness Month.  It was just a brief description to help raise awareness in my community.  Some of my students helped me out and took some pictures with me to help spread the word.  Here’s a little… Continue Reading

20 Ways I Make Yoga Accessible

  I use the phrase making yoga accessible multiple times on my website.  When you hear the phrase making yoga accessible you might think of helping people in wheelchairs to do yoga.  While I certainly do that in my classes at assisted living facilities, the idea is really much broader.  It’s about making yoga work… Continue Reading

Yoga Poses for Lupus Flares

Yoga Poses for Lupus Flares – Restorative chest openers The team that conducted the original Yoga for Arthritis research protocol has been working on a similar study for minority populations.  That study is winding down and they are looking to develop a study focusing on yoga for lupus.  In talking to them recently about the… Continue Reading

Welcome to my story Thanks for taking a moment to join me. In my first career, I was a farrier.  That’s a very physically demanding job and I’d heard from somewhere that yoga was good for your back.  I thought it would help counteract the constant hunchback position of my job so I signed up… Continue Reading

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