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Yoga for fibromyalgia?

Jul 19, 2015 6:46 PM

Has anyone tried yoga for fibromyalgia? If so, does it help? Let me know experiences please ☺

Jul 19, 2015 7:22 PM

I don't have fibromyalgia, but yoga helped me a little bit when I was losing my strength. I had a good extra month or two of being able to walk. I'm not very flexible, and modified almost everything because of my wrists. Luckily the teacher was very patient with me.

Jul 19, 2015 7:58 PM

I find that yoga helps. You just have to remember to go slow, modify and listen to your body. It is very easy to overdo it in yoga. I go to a hot flow class when i can

Jul 19, 2015 8:42 PM

I have been 'partially' diagnosed with FybroMyalgia - waiting on blood tests coming back but all I know is when I wake in morning I feel terrible ... Ache everywhere and feel like I have dug a field the day before and run a marathon - totally lifeless/knackered. Is this what others feel like?

Jul 19, 2015 9:01 PM

I tried yoga and ended up hurting my back. My Fibromyalgia is the worst it has ever been

Jul 21, 2015 12:34 PM

I've just recently started yoga and I do find some relief. You have to be careful, take it slow and MODIFY the poses if you have to. I found a video of yoga poses specifically for fibro. https://youtu.be/VYpKxvPC0Go I would suggest looking at Pinterest for yoga workouts too, I've seen some good ones posted. :)

Jeffwiltshire, on bad flare days that is how I would explain it to someone who doesn't understand. :)

Jul 21, 2015 1:37 PM

I tried yoga about a month ago, I loved it , the only problem I had is my knees. I have fallen so many times on my knees over the last 20 years that the next morning I could barely walk, I wasn't able to do the exercises that required me to put weight on them I tried and in just a matter of seconds would have to sit down. So I dropped out.

Jul 22, 2015 3:18 AM

Thankyou so much for all your replies! And I will look at that link, thankyou. Sorry to hear it didn't work out for a few of you, I'm willing to try anything at the moment (other than drugs that is). Just want to say though - It really doesn't mean to say I look down on people who've chosen medication, I work in a Pharmacy, I know people survive with it, and if my fibromyalgia gets worse I will certainly consider it. My reason for not wanting to go down that route yet - I want more children, and I know medications aren't good through pregnancy and breastfeeding, so I'm trying to figure out other ways around this horrible illness.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO YOGA - If you don't mind answering another question, how often would you usually set aside for a yoga session? and how many times a week/month?

Jul 22, 2015 6:32 AM

Yoga has been life saving for me. I have to modify a lot of the poses but a good teacher will ask if there are any injuries the should be aware of. Let them know what you have going on and if it doesn't feel right grab the teachers attention if it's a class where they walk around and see if they can help you modify. I am not religious, but there is a wonderful Buddhist studio close by. They do teaches, are very aware of the body, and really make me feel powerful even when I'm doing a completely separate pose that is beginner based and everyone else is doig something advanced. Take YOUR pace and listen to YOUR body. Try more than one studio an instructor befor giving up. I have had some classes that I leave feeling better than ever, sore of course, but mentally well and physical improvements! Some I've left thinking "oh good lord this was a mistake". That is usually with a poor instructor who did not ask about injuries and illness and I didn't speak up and tried to do more advance poses than my body is ready for.

Yogi culture is wonderful and I am so glad I've become part of it

Jul 22, 2015 6:36 AM

I try to go once a week but sometimes life gets busy. I would start with two times a month. Let your body adjust and do sun salutations on your own some mornings. I would not recommend starting with hot yoga classes. You could overexert your muscle since they will be realy loose and think you're able to do more advanced poses. Also can cause nausea and dehydrating if you are insanely hydrated for days before.

Start slow! Classes tent to run one hr in length. If you find that is too long just get into child's pose or something else and relax through the rest of the class.

Hope this helps!

Jul 22, 2015 2:39 PM

I'm doing yoga at home, so I can do it whenever I wish. A mat was $9 USD.

I'm starting out with 15 mins or so, and targeting certain areas with specific poses. I'm having to modify something awful because I just don't have the strength yet. Start slow, remember to BREATHE through the poses. :)

Jul 22, 2015 4:55 PM

I have fibromyalgia also. My rheumatologist suggested to me to do yoga. I also have a condition called Ehlers Danlos syndrome, basically a connective tissue disorder causing frequent dislocations and injuries. At the time I couldn't understand his reasoning and I'm a RN. So I blew it off. I have been in some kind of physical therapy for over 20 years. I always get injuried and have to quit because the therapist don't understand that folks like us need gentle motion. Our muscles need exercise or they start to waste. I also know that depending on how bad your fibro is you may be very limited on movement. Fibro also usually has depression as a component. Yoga can be at your pace. It's cheaper that physical therapy and you are in charge. By just stretching your muscles you change a couple of things. You prevent muscle wasting, you stay limber and it releases endorphins which helps mood. This helps take the edge off your depression also. I went on Amazon and ordered me mat plus I found a yoga DVD "Essential Yoga for Inflexible people" there. Cheaper than physical therapy and pills. Start slow, pause when needed, don't do too much to quick, and don't forget to breathe!

Nov 18, 2015 3:26 PM

I've been diagnosed with fibro for 3 years now. I just started gentle yoga about 4 months ago, and I've added meditation to my daily routine, it had changed my life! I highly recommend it. I go to a class two days a week. I suggest going to a class to learn the correct ways to do the positions. I do practice at home on the other days now that I know what I'm doing.

Nov 18, 2015 5:27 PM

@jeffwiltshire...you description is perfect. Although I normally say its
Like I've gotten hit by a truck . Every muscle in !y body aches and hurts to the point I need help sitting up.

Nov 19, 2015 7:10 AM

If you can find a Yin yoga class I would highly recommend it. It's where you do seated poses and you hold those poses for 3 to 5 minutes. It helped me tremendously with pain.

Dec 06, 2015 7:53 PM

I do a 20ish min video I found through YouTube when yoga was suggested to me when I searched, "Restorative Yoga." It is about getting your muscles to stretch and lengthen and gain a little strength gradually. It doesn't involve the crazy standing bancing on one foot with one behind your head stuff that is for the advanced classes. I do it in the morning and it helps me get moving. I skip it if my day is at nuclear.

Jan 20, 2016 5:13 AM

Yoga helps me, but everyone is different. I find it relaxes me if I take it slow and easy. Stoo when I need to, and only do what I can when I can. Its difficult to get motivated and work past the pain, but when I can, it feels good.

Feb 04, 2016 1:55 AM

I started Bikram yoga and it has been great. I've tried regular yoga but it was to hard on my joints. I feel the heat in combination with the stretching really helps the pain and tightness from my fibro. I started with classes every other day and then once a day , resting on sunday. It's hard at first. You have to be patient with your body but relief comes. I tried medicine in the beginning but didn't want to deal with side effects l. I also take tumeric and reservitol daily. Both help with inflammation. Good luck with whatever you try.

Jul 05, 2016 10:37 AM

I have been doing YouTube videos at home. My daughter loves to do them as well. It really makes the blood flow to muscles I forgot ever worked. I feel the stretching working and warming my concrete like body. I feel longer. I also went on a walk after beginning yoga and it ruined me. I haven't done yoga again since. I think about It everyday. If you have a game console you can stream YouTube on the tv! It's very nice.

Sep 24, 2016 7:51 PM

Try DDP yoga. https://youtu.be/caydaItxbwY
for diabilities, and it really does help you feel better after just a few times doing it, I just do this video for my yoga routine, I want to buy the whole set but it's resistance yoga so you work out without hurting yourself by doing a big workout and there are modifications to help all kinds of disabilties do it without injuring them selves, DDP is a wrestler who has chronic pain from the years of wrestling. Try it!

Oct 09, 2016 10:46 AM

I'm a fibro-warrior and find Yoga my "best medicine". I try to do yin yoga 3 times a week, 90 min, but under flareups, I do certain poses in bed or in the couch. I have found that my breathing is my best tool. Just give it a try! 😊
Good luck!!🌹

Oct 09, 2016 2:13 PM

Yes yoga helps a lot, I have fibro as well and I do yoga when I have the strength. Slow poses and correct breathing helps alot. Very good for strengthening your muscles. I would also suggest that you start with one session a week and increase slowly. Good luck!

Oct 09, 2016 7:32 PM

YES! Svraroopa restorative yoga and Ujjawi pranayama meditative breathing is amazing for fibromyalgia and has changed my life. 🙏

Dec 24, 2016 10:43 PM

My aunt did and it probably put hers in remission along with diet

Dec 28, 2016 3:21 PM

Yes yoga has decreased the muscle twitching and improved my ability to sleep

Jan 05, 2017 12:09 AM

It really depends on the type of yoga. I used to be able to handle more intense flow classes with mostly strength-based poses. Now I do yin yoga which is more deep stretching and relaxation. I find some relief in yin yoga! If you email pretty much any yoga studio they should be able to tell you what their most gentle class is. Hope this helps :)

Jan 17, 2017 1:29 PM

I'm very interested as I really enjoy yoga. My problem is I have such bad hand and shoulder pain, it's tremendously difficult to do so many poses (can't put pressure on hands) or push myself up off of the floor because of sever pain in shoulders. Ideas??

Jan 17, 2017 1:54 PM

I would love to try yoga. But would love to find something that I can convince my mom to try.

May 15, 2017 11:15 AM

This thread is very helpful.. thank you, everyone for sharing! I'm now motivated to try restorative yoga rather than avoid it out of fear. 🙆

May 16, 2017 2:56 AM

Im going to start a yoga program to hopefully help my pain. Ive done yoga before on my own and seems to havr hurt myself mpre.but this program is part of the medical group i use for my PT. So im hopeful it will work better then me on my own.

Jul 25, 2017 10:18 PM

Yoga, is one of the exercises I want to do more I do gentle stretching for now I need this back fix first I do what my body allows. It's a keeper

Aug 10, 2017 9:53 PM

I have fibromyalgia and yoga has been my lifeline! I used to run and do tons of hardcore cardio and was devastated when this disease hit me and I could no longer do that kind of exercise. Yoga helps me keep my muscles stretched out which for me reduces flares. Hope it helps you too!

Oct 09, 2017 7:52 AM


Je suis en cours de diagnostic de la fibromyalgie. Suite à une cure thermale, j'ai commencé le yoga, le Pilate et la gym douce en septembre.
Le yoga m'aide beaucoup à prendre conscience de mon corps et des douleurs. Le Pilate m'aide à réapprendre à avoir une bonne posture et à adopter une gestuelle pour être moins raide le matin. La gym douce quant à elle, m'aide à retrouver une bonne coordination des mouvements et à retrouver l'équilibre.

Le yoga est très efficace pour assouplir les muscles et détendre les articulations. Faire certains mouvements en me concentrant sur ma respiration m'aide à diminuer les douleurs essentiellement au niveau des épaules et des cervicales.

Oct 27, 2017 5:05 PM

I tried yoga several times with no success and much frustration. I can't bend my toes so it's difficult to do any thing requiring me to be on my toes. So....I signed up for a belly dance class. It works for me. I work all my muscles for 75 min aweek not including the workouts I due at home.

Jan 01, 2018 4:23 PM

Yes that is exactly how I feel. I’m trying so hard to figure out how to get my pain better controlled but nothing seems to work. I have tried not taking my pin medication because I really don’t want to have to rely on them but when I don’t take them I can’t even keep my head up for very long. I am going to try hot yoga and take it very slow. Start out just by laying most of the time in the heat. I feel like that could help a lot

Jan 01, 2018 5:47 PM

There are no blood tests for Fibromyalgia. I was Diagnosed 20 years ago. Due to having osteoporosis, and degenerate disc disease arthritis at the age of 30. Normally for a female your body starts to break down after menopause. Following those 20 years my body progressively started breaking down internally. It’s an auto immune deficiency. Chronic pain depression a number of things. So they started throwing the word out Fibromyalgia. I have IBS, migraines, depression. It’s like your body ages before you do you might appear normal on the outside, or even sometimes help me to another person. Different foods normally I stay with a gluten-free diet and nofried foods. Exercising of any kind helps your bones are like coral reef they can rebuild their selves with the proper diet and exercise. If your bones are breaking down the next best thing is to strengthen your muscles and your bones

Jan 02, 2018 12:58 PM

I 😍 doing yoga (I'm a on & off again yogi) learning the basics is very beneficial when you're doing yoga I personally think using the app Daily Yoga is perfect for all yogis you've to download plug-ins sessions to practice yoga; there's different levels beginners, intermediate advance/expert

Jan 04, 2018 12:32 PM

I try to do yoga/stretching for 40 mind to and hour every night. Helps a lot with fibromyalgia and the anklyosing spondylitis

Jan 19, 2018 10:06 AM

I have trouble doing yoga because of how bad my achilles and left shoulder and arm. I cant put any weight on my shoulder and my achilles get worse when they are stretched too far. My boyfriend loves yoga. One time i tried to do yoga with him and got really sad that i couldnt do hardly anything. I used to be a dancer and yoga used to be a piece of cake for me.

Mar 11, 2018 6:16 AM

I've tried it, there's some great fibromyalgia focused yoga videos on YouTube. It did help somewhat but you have to stick at it for a while admittedly. Good luck Hayley x

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