Yoga and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I started ‘doing Yoga’ when I was 19 years old. After 33 years of sporadic asana practice with several different Yoga teachers (one of whom retired at the young age of 87 years old!) I find myself a part of the most wonderful and welcoming Frog Project.
My reason for starting yoga was simply that I wanted to feel better.
I had chronic fatigue syndrome when I was a teenager, into my early twenties, and life was pretty miserable. Very little was understood about the condition in the late eighties and I could be full of energy one day, only to be wiped out for days, even weeks afterwards. I once didn’t leave the house, or rarely my room, for three whole months. In 1989 this was very unusual. It was hard to believe that I was so poorly, because I looked fine.
It was my ambition to be able to walk to the end of the road without feeling completely debilitated.
Little by little, Yoga asana became my salvation.
Yoga and Living Through a Pandemic
Fast forward to 2020. On 16th March 2020, the world changed when the country was locked down for the first time. It was a very frightening time. I was working in care with vulnerable adults who had carers going in and out of their homes continuously, the government wasn't providing suitable PPE and the media were reporting more and more deaths from this mysterious virus. My own father was living alone and had advancing Parkinson’s disease. I had been staying with him for two or three days a week up until that time but was told I could no longer do this.
My anxieties were so high about everything that I knew I had to make a serious effort to go back to a regular Yoga practice, otherwise I could have become ill again myself.
I joined The Frog Project online when lockdown started and haven’t looked back.
In May last year, Dad died, not from his Parkinson’s but from a heart defect. Whereas this might have previously tipped me over the edge, Yoga got me through. I was living alone, working ridiculous hours to keep the people I cared for safe and even though I was exhausted and grieving I found the strength to carry on. (I must also say here that I also had fantastic support from my vicar friend Sam at Holy Nativity Church, Eastfield).
Faith and Yoga kept me going - I suddenly realised that I wanted to learn more. After completing 100 hours’ of yoga lessons, Carrie asked me if I was interested in doing the Yoga teacher training with TFP and Wise Living Yoga Academy.
It was life-changing. Yoga isn’t what you think it is!
Yoga Really has Changed my Life!
We learned so much about how to live a full and healthy life over the ten weeks and 200 hours of study. I even ended my contract at work early to devote more time to studying. On June 20th we had the most wonderful graduation ceremony - it was one of the best days of my life.
Yet still, I want to learn more!
I am now studying a further 100hrs Ayurveda with the amazing Jeenal Metha of WLYA, whilst still doing frequent TFP classes. I set myself the goal of doing at least one per day during June, which I completed on June 30th.
I have been singing the praises of Yoga for many years but being able to introduce my friends to this fantastic community is really special.
I have one friend who is starting the 200hrs YTT in July and others are already part of the online community and are thinking of joining the classes. I have also met many new friends, albeit online, who I can’t wait to meet in ‘real life’.
I am feeling better in so many ways, and others have commented on the change in me too.
I feel lighter, clearer, and calmer. Any niggling residues from the ME (I have dystonia) are hardly evident and I am considering cancelling my treatment this month - something I have had to endure three times a year for the past 15 years. I am back at the gym and already 1.5 stone lighter from my Yoga practice. The change in diet back in January made such a difference! I’d go as far as to say that I even feel younger!
Life and the world has opened up thanks to The Frog Project, it has been a massive positive that has come out of the past 18 months, when a lot of it was really quite horrible for many of us.
I still feel apprehensive about my next steps but I am secure in the fact that it will happen when it is supposed to. As Jeenal would say, “Step by step, little by little, bit by bit”. My next step is to teach what I have learned to a group of chronic fatigue sufferers, starting this week. Talk about life turning full circle. I can’t thank you all enough.
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Lynda is a much loved student of The Frog Project and a recent 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training graduate. She has spent many years working with those with special needs and resides in Scarborough with her loyal furry companion, who's thirteen and blind. When she's not practicing or studying yoga, you'll likely find her in her hiking boots somewhere in the North York Moors!