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the below yoga video would have been too much for me for the first several years of rehab and rebuilding after the iatrogenic injury. trust your body and only do what is right for you. at the bottom of this post is a list of links to gentler yoga sequences that I started out with.


I posted another morning yoga video a while back. That one was gentle so that one might wake up slowly and carefully. I love that video and and have used it several times now. It’s perfect for beginners and for anyone who wants to start the day with gentleness.

Today I wanted something a bit more energetic since I knew that I wasn’t going to be making it to a yoga class and I wanted to do something a little more vigorous. I found the below video. It’s really wonderful too. I did 17 minutes of it before doing my own warm down on the mat. The fact is, I’m still building stamina and so I generally don’t make it to the end of most classes or videos. Remember to always listen to your body first and foremost!

Practice this Energizing Morning Yoga Sequence to get the juices flowing! This yoga practice stretches and strengthens the muscles with a strong focus on breath and body alignment. Practice this in the morning on an empty stomach and notice how it sets the tone for the day ahead. Get your workout in early, connect to your breath, be mindful and find what feels good.

I really enjoy Adriene, too, the teacher in this video.

this yoga sequence would have been far too much for me for a few years during my recovery. certainly we're all different so if this is too much there are other posts linked to at the bottom with much gentler tips.


This is the most vigorous video I’ve posted. As I get better I’m able to do more and more. On good days some of the yoga classes I go to in the community are really quite advanced. Still I always need to listen to my body/mind/spirit and I often leave classes early. My nervous system (and a lot of my readers who also have protracted withdrawal issues) is very delicate and so it’s not so much about strength of my muscles…it’s about some sort of threshold that is reached in my nervous system. When I get to that point I need to stop doing yoga. Period. And it’s often when I’m doing seemingly gentle stuff too. In fact sometimes I find that the most vigorous yoga triggers me less. It’s always a mystery…the moment. What will my body/mind/spirit be up to today?


Here is some gentle yoga for the challenged nervous system:


Remember you can always modify even more than the teacher suggests or stop entirely — even if it seems really easy and gentle our nervous systems know best. Be careful not to strain.


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