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original link http://wp.me/p5nnb-aeV (with better photo layout...can't transfer photos here very well...or I don't know how)

I posted this little celebratory update on facebook not long ago:

The biggest victory in my rehabilitation started a few weeks ago…I’ve now attended about 10 yoga classes…out in the real world!! I LOVE going to classes…it’s bringing my practice to a whole new level!



Yoga has been one of my foundational practices for my complete rehabilitation. I started with totally atrophied muscles having been bedridden for a couple of years due to protracted psych drug withdrawal syndrome. I pursued rehab on my own using the internet and youtube as my only teachers. It worked. I feel completely at home in a class full of long-time yogis now. What a wondrous miracle.

What is particularly great about yoga classes is that now, while I remain unable to make commitments in general, yoga classes are drop-in. I go when I can…and it’s okay not to go when I can’t.

And finally having real live teachers and being surrounded by other students is helping me learn so much more.

So I went from atrophied and unable to even sit up in bed to this:

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I share this so others might realize that they too can do something similar. I was very sick and yoga (among many other things) has been profoundly helpful and critical to my healing.

Recovery continues to be an up and down thing. Today it’s been a week since I’ve been able to go to a yoga class, but I still do yoga at home on the days I’m not able to make it to class. There are different benefits to yoga at home and I wouldn’t trade my home practice for anything. So when I can’t manage a class, home yoga is still here and now my home practice is also benefitting from what I’m learning in classes.

Here are some links that can get people started if they’re still ill or if they’re just beginning a yoga practice:

these sequences have also been very healing…belly breathing is also really really good for the calming of the nervous system:

The above can get you started with baby steps. Don’t feel beholden to do all of any of these videos. Pick and choose from what your body likes and wants.

Here are a few longer but very gentle routines as well…again, remember only do that which your body likes.

And for a list of all yoga posts on this blog go here YOGA on Beyond Meds


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Everything Matters: Beyond Meds 


withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.

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Thanks a lot for posting!


and sharing the pics: it looks really impressive! you look impressive ;)


I've also found yoga verey benefecial. I just had one bad experience when I went to a higher level class and although I didn't do most of the exercises, I was in a lot of pain afterwards.


So as with anything else, one has to start slowly, listen to one's body and respect its boundaries, challenging them very gently. But this is what every good yoga teacher teaches...


thank you so much for posting the links: it's a timely reminder for me and I don't really have the money to go to classes...



Current: 9/2022 Xanax 0.08, Lexapro 2

2020 Xanax 0.26 (down from 2 mg in 2013), Lexapro 2.85 mg (down from 5 mg 2013)

Amitriptyline (tricyclic AD) and clonazepam for 3 months to treat headache in 1996 
1999. - present Xanax prn up to 3 mg.
2000-2005 Prozac CT twice, 2005-2010 Zoloft CT 3 times, 2010-2013 Escitalopram 10 mg
went from 2.5 to zero on 7 Aug 2013, bad crash 40 days after
reinstated to 5 mg Escitalopram 4Oct 2013 and holding liquid Xanax every 5 hours
28 Jan 2014 Xanax 1.9, 18 Apr  2015 1 mg,  25 June 2015 Lex 4.8, 6 Aug Lexapro 4.6, 1 Jan 2016 0.64  Xanax     9 month hold

24 Sept 2016 4.5 Lex, 17 Oct 4.4 Lex (Nov 0.63 Xanax, Dec 0.625 Xanax), 1 Jan 2017 4.3 Lex, 24 Jan 4.2, 5 Feb 4.1, 24 Mar 4 mg, 10 Apr 3.9 mg, May 3.85, June 3.8, July 3.75, 22 July 3.7, 15 Aug 3.65, 17 Sept 3.6, 1 Jan 2018 3.55, 19 Jan 3.5, 16 Mar 3.4, 14 Apr 3.3, 23 May 3.2, 16 June 3.15, 15 Jul 3.1, 31 Jul 3, 21 Aug 2.9 26 Sept 2.85, 14 Nov Xan 0.61, 1 Dec 0.59, 19 Dec 0.58, 4 Jan 0.565, 6 Feb 0.55, 20 Feb 0.535, 1 Mar 0.505, 10 Mar 0.475, 14 Mar 0.45, 4 Apr 0.415, 13 Apr 0.37, 21 Apr 0.33, 29 Apr 0.29, 10 May 0.27, 17 May 0.25, 28 May 0.22, 19 June 0.22, 21 Jun updose to 0.24, 24 Jun updose to 0.26

Supplements: Omega 3 + Vit E, Vit C, D, magnesium, Taurine, probiotic 

I'm not a medical professional. Any advice I give is based on my own experience and reading. 

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