Yoga with Lupus

by Melissa West on October 1, 2013

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Today’s question comes to us from Jessica from email.


Lupus-and-YogaHello, I recently found your website and YouTube channel and have done a number of your yoga podcast videos. I was just diagnosed with Lupus and since it’s hard for me to leave the house right now, your yoga videos have been great and I plan to continue to do them.

I was wondering if you had any recommendation of yoga experts who specialize with Lupus patients or if you can suggest a specific practice for coping with the disease. Thanks so much for your help.

Dear Jessica

I know that you know what lupus is all about, but for our listeners and viewers out there I thought I would explain a little bit more about the condition. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune illness which is somewhat similar to rheumatoid arthritis except that lupus affects not just the joints of the body, but every single system including the skin, heart, lungs and kidneys.

Depending on whether you are in a flare-up or a symptom free stage Jessica would dictate the type of practice you would choose. During your symptom free times you could choose a practice which focuses on proper alignment of your joints, putting your joints through on the full range of motion and create maximum space in your joints. I would recommend our Yoga for Arthritis Videos.

Yoga for Knee Arthitis 
Yoga for Hip Arthritis 
Yoga for Arthritis 

even our Yoga for Fibromyalgia video would be great

When you are experiencing a flare up, restorative yoga classes are going to be the best for you:

Here are our free restorative yoga classes:

Here are the restorative yoga classes on our membership site:

As I was researching what yoga would be best for you with lupus I came across a woman living with lupus who explained why she felt yoga was such a good fit for people living with lupus. (link here)

She feels that yoga is fantastic for people living with lupus because it is tailored to the individual, it helps you to restore your energy, it focuses on flexibility and mobility, it allows you to relax and deal with your stress to prevent flare ups and it gives you the tools to manage pain. I have to echo so many of these things and say that these are the very things we are focusing on in our Benefits of Yoga Series right now beginning with episode 191 of Namaste Yoga. I would highly recommend checking out the last two episodes I have filmed.

Episode 192 focuses on releasing stress to restore energy and Episode 191 goes back to the basics of balancing the energy in your body

I would be interested to hear from other people who are living with lupus to know how yoga helps you manage your illness. Leave your advice for Jessica in the comments below.

Namaste, Melissa

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