Ask Juls: Part 5 Yoga & Movement – Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis

Ask Juls: Part 5 Yoga & Movement – Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis

Today I bring to you the last part of my “Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis” series!

Diet was covered in part 1, supplements in part 2, in part 3 we talked about toxins, part 4 was about mindfulness and meditation and part 5 is about yoga and movement!

I’m a huge yoga lover.

HUGE.

I even teach yoga twice a week 🙂 BUT, let me tell you. Every time I go to teach yoga, I always say a silent THANK YOU up to God and the Universe. There was a period of time that I never thought I’d be normal again. I never thought I’d have the energy to participate in life. There was a period where I wasn’t even sure I’d ever walk again. So the fact that I’m able to get up, in front of a class, twice a week, and TEACH yoga. . . that fact is NOT (and never will be) lost on me. EVER.

So why do I think yoga and movement is an important aspect in managing your chronic condition? Well let me tell you 😉

 

So, where should you start?

Start where you can! As you begin your yoga journey, or really any movement practice, I’d like to leave you with a few tips to have in the back of your mind.

  1. There is no perfect practice. Even if you’re sitting on your mat breathing, you’re doing yoga! When I first started back into yoga, I couldn’t even do child’s pose (which is a resting pose). I used to think, “how the heck am I supposed to do yoga if I can’t even do the resting post?” So you know what I did? For a good 6 months, I didn’t incorporate that posture into my practice. And guess what? No yoga police yelled at me, I received the benefits of practicing and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  2. Listen to your body. This can be a hard thing for people because we tend to tune our body out. But, I urge you to start to connect with yourself. Your breath. How you’re feeling. Where you’re holding tension in your body. Build up a picture of what your body is telling you. Our bodies give us symptoms just like our car dashboard gives us indicators! All we need to do is stop and listen.
  3. Start slow and work your way up. Do 5 minutes of breath work or stretching, then increase it to 10, and so on. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Yoga may seem boring or too slow, but it’s because we’re taking the time to listen and to get in tune with our mind-body and soul.

Whenever I was at my lowest low, in the midst of my biggest flare, I could have never imagined even completing a normal yoga class – let alone teaching 2 classes a week like I do now! But I’m the perfect testimonial to show you that if you start slow, and work your way up, yoga can truly become an essential part of your treatment plan with psoriatic disease.

Resources

I’ve written many different posts that can help you on this topic! Some of them are geared towards psoriatic arthritis, but truly they’re applicable to ANYONE with an autoimmune disease or chronic condition.

Make sure to check out my chair yoga flow here. This is a great yoga flow for everyone and anyone!

 

How Chair Yoga Can Help Your Psoriatic Disease – Skin Care

The first time I ever experienced yoga was in high school. I’ll always remember the day there was a note on the locker room door saying, “YOGA: Don’t dre…

http://www.healthcentral.com/slideshows/best-exercises-psoriatic-arthritis/?ap=423

How Can I Get Into Yoga?

Wishing You A Pain Free Day!

Julie Cerrone | Spoonie, Autoimmune Warrior, Certified Holistic Health Coach, DoTerra Wellness Advocate, 200 RYT Trainee, Reiki 1, Nutrition Geek, ePatient Advocate, IT Consultant, Pittsburgh Based Practitioner Living the Chronic Life

 

 

 

5 Parts to Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis | Ask Juls "Did an elimination diet help you manage your psoriatic arthritis?" | itsjustabadday.com Julie Cerrone Holistic Health Coach & Autoimmune Warrior

Catch up on this “Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis” Ask Juls series:

This series was created after having been asked the question “Did an elimination diet help you manage my psoriatic arthritis?”.

Short answer – YES

Long answer – YES, but I’ve also done a lot of other things as well to help manage my condition. I focus on the following 5 areas to help manage my psoriatic arthritis.

Part 1: Elimination Diet

Part 2: Supplements

Part 3: Toxins

Part 4: Meditation & Mindfulness

Part 5: Yoga & Movement

 

  • Tania Stanwood

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on this, my mom was about to the point where knee surgery was imminent with her arthritis. We were given Eugene Sims book How I Achieved Freedom From Arthritis and following some of his methods seems to have slowed down the process of replacing the knee. I imagine if she would branch on to do a few more things we could easily start moving away from needing the replacement at all!

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  • Gman

    When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my psoriasis.

    For over 10 years, I had large, thick and scaly excoriated plaques on my neck, ears, trunk and limbs. My life was pretty much a living hell.

    I was so desperate that I tried tar preparation, tropical steroids and anthralin. I was also given light therapy but nothing really worked permanently and the eczema always came back.

    I knew that there had to be another way. I searched long and hard and finally came across some simple natural remedies that finally made my embarrassing and

    frustrating psoriasi disappear for good…to the amazement of my doctor.

    In fact, you might want to check out this article, it really helped me a lot:

    http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/psoriasis

    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

    • Thank you for sharing! We all NEED to share what is working for us and what isn’t working. It can help others navigate the tricky waters out there. Thank you for reading & commenting!! SO glad to hear you’ve found something that has helped you.

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