All the time I had Endometriosis, throughout my teens and twenties, I had a huge aversion to exercise. To me, Endometriosis and exercise just didn’t go together. It meant: pain! and I didn’t need any more of it…. thank you very much!
So, when someone suggested that exercise was actually a really large part of any form of healing for the body, I tried really hard to incorporate it into my day. I started with walking as I felt this would be easy enough to handle. It did seem to offer some benefits but inevitably, the weather would change and I would stop going and then it was really hard to get back into the habit. I am sure you know what I mean!
I then decided to try some at home DVD packs. Out came Zumba and dance DVD’s which seemed really fun but even those, left me with inner pain and aching which wasn’t encouraging me to carry on. I focused my energies on other forms of natural balance but exercise was always put on the back burner…..
Over the years, I had managed to reduce my Endometriosis pain substantially through diet but there was always a hidden guilt factor in knowing that I wasn’t incorporating exercise into my routine. I knew it was important for my bones, muscles, heart and immune function but somehow I struggled to find something that felt good and was a chore for me to do each day.
Through my online business, I have been lucky enough to meet many amazing women and one of those women was Allannah. She has been a Yoga Teacher for the last 15 years and explained to me how she doesn’t experience any pain with her Endometriosis since becoming a Yoga Practitioner. I was instantly interested. She seemed to understand the deep connection with Endometriosis and exercise and had found a way to provide some real benefits, without causing pain or discomfort.
I decided to try it for myself and discovered some amazing benefits with Yoga that I never got from walking or any other forms of exercise. I was lighter, freer and felt far less stressed after each practice. It was the perfect form of exercise for Endometriosis, not just because of these benefits but because anyone could practice it, regardless of where they were at during their healing journey.
See, for me, I could only really take up more intense forms of exercise once I had followed other principles of healing, such as changing my diet and cleansing. Before getting pain relief from these methods, I simply couldn’t bare the thought of doing any form of exercise as it always felt too hard and tiring. What is great about Yoga is that it doesn’t require much energy and the poses Allannah teaches for Endometriosis are gentle and really enhance healing.
Yoga also works very closely on the peripheral nervous system and actually de-stresses and calms the mind. With anxiety and worry being such huge emotions experienced with Endometriosis, it is so vitally important to let those emotions free themselves from the body. Every vibrational thought we have affects our cells, so we need to find ways to reduce any stress or anxiety emotions going on.
Since joining in on Allannah’s practice for Endometriosis, I have felt somehow more connected to my being, myself and my body. I have gained a strange kind of inner awareness and a state of calm. This has been a huge benefit for me since starting my business and studying all at the same time.