Yoga and ITP

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I have been going to yoga classes on and off for the past few years.  Sometimes I find myself falling into a wonderful habit of going a few times a week, other times I spend a few weeks doing it everyday from home and then there are those times when I look in my diary and realise it has been three months since I really sat down and stretched.  Those are the worst times.

Stretching, going to yoga, meditation and mindfulness are so important, especially for someone who is struggling with ITP on a daily basis.

I have tried to find a more scientific approach to describing the benefits of yoga but the truth is, you just have to do it to feel the benefits.  One day I will do a study on Yoga and it’s effects on ITP, but for now I just have to keep chatting about anecdotal evidence.

Fitting Yoga into the Routine

Yoga is great if you can fit it into your life style without turning it into a chore.  That is why I try as often as possible to keep my yoga practice at home.  That way I can stay in my pyjamas, or my yoga gear (or pull dirty clothes from the washing basket).  I don’t have to worry about having a shower or brushing my teeth or being late, or weather it is warm outside.

The best way to fit Yoga into your routine is to do it as often as possible.  This is a great way of making sure you notice the days that you don’t so yoga and might actually start to miss it.

Yoga at Home

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My favourite at home yoga is by Rodney Ye, who is pretty famous in the American yoga market, but not many Australians seem to have heard of him.  I love the AM/PM YOGA DVD’S as they are designed as short 20 minute yoga sessions, that over the week add together to work through your entire body.   They are addictive because you cant miss a day or you wont be even.  So you keep doing them.  The am session will wake you up and the pm sessions will easily wind you down.

However, there is only so much progress you can do on your own, before you need the help of some very qualified Yogi’s.  A yoga class, once a week, is a great way to move forward and stay on target, as you maintain a yoga practice at home as well.

Stretching for Sleep

The body will naturally fall asleep in a safe environment when it is completely relaxed.  Stress tension and worries are a large contributor to difficulty falling asleep.  Muscle soreness, tightness in your joints, tension in you hips and back and pains in your neck will also hinder your ability to get comfortable and fall asleep.  I have written other articles on Stretching before bed.  It is the number one factor for me, in having a good night sleep.  Read more about STRETCHING FOR SLEEP.

Recommended Yoga Schools in Sydney

YOGA SYNERGY –  Yoga Synergy runs on 9 week cycles that follow the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether.  Each term is a focused intensive where you follow and learn a series dedicated to that element.  Each week the series becomes more complex as you become more proficient at the asanas and more familiar with the flow.

PRESHANA YOGA  – Preshana Yoga is a highly disciplined yoga school, focusing on alinement and precision.  The progress made while practicing at Preshana will be slow and perfect, allowing you to master more advance yoga asanas with an ease you never expected.

BLACK LOTUS – The Black Lotus Yoga Studios incorporate props, blocks and straps into their practice, which can be a bit fiddly for those who are not used to assisted yoga.  There is not so much a focus on flow and breath, as there is an awareness of body positioning and pushing, focusing and challenging the asana.

MIND BODY LIFE Yoga Studio – The Mind Body Life Yoga studio’s have come highly recommended from my sister in law who was practicing there before, during and after the birth of her beautiful Baby girl.  Their Prenatal Classes come very well recommended.

The HOUSE OF YOGA – The House of Yoga, in Redfern is the first Sydney yoga studio to offer Anti gravity Yoga.  The images look totally fantastic and I am heading down there next week to check it all out.  I will keep you updated.

NYE; Why I’m not making New Years Resolutions

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Dedicated to Susannah Fraser.

Treatment - Treatment for itp, treatment of itp, treatment itp, itp treatments, Side Effects Prednisone,   DIETRY - Paleo, Autoimmune protocol, eating for itp, ITP diet, Bruise, itp, low platelet count,living with itp.As 2012 comes to a close, it is time to look back at the year that has passed and a chance to make plans and resolutions for the year to come.  Every year since I can remember I have written my resolutions in the front of my diary, page 1, January 1st.

Every year, around December time, I find myself making a nice little list of New Year Resolutions.  Every year, around January time, I find myself breaking them all.

My health goal for 2012 was to have a platelet count over 50.  I do not.

Today, I have been looking back at my new years resolutions for 2012 – Disappointment.  I had planned to become far more glamorous this year.  I wanted to travel around the world with my partner.  I was to be fluent in Spanish by this time.  My health goal for 2012 was to have a platelet count above 50.  I don’t.

It didn’t happen, as hard as I tried.  I failed.  My platelet count is still below 50.  And I feel pretty disappointed.

Why I Always Break My New Years Resolutions.

  1. They are unreasonable.
  2. They are things I can not control.
  3. They are unquantifiable.
  4. They are badly written.
  5. They are things that did not really matter.

It wasn’t until I started to talk about resolutions with my brilliant friend Susannah, that I realised I had been going about it all wrong.  She explained to me about the yoga philosophy of intentions rather than goals.  She helped to clarify the way in which intentions should be worded and the difference that can have on weather or not you succeed at achieving them.  She told me of the difference between resolutions and attitudes.

I realised that I had a lot to learn about NYE and new years resolutions.  I was confusing my goals with my intentions.  This year I am going to set my Intentions.

What is a Goal?

A goal is a personal or professional, desired end-point – Most commonly people endeavour to reach their goals within a finite time frame or to a deadline.  Goals tend to be outcome orientated and time based.  Their achievements can be quantifiable and they are set in the future.

What is an Intention?

Intentions are part of your every day life.  They are a philosophy more than an destination.  You have more personal control over your intentions than your goals and are more likely to achieve a desired intention when it comes to health and illness.  Intentions are about your attitude and perspective and emotions.  Intentions are about the present.  About being.

2013 Intentions

I realise now that a happy, relaxed and stable 35, means so much more than a stressed out, neurotic and struggling 50.  So this year I am not going to set a new years resolution.  I am not going to write down a number on a piece paper and hope for the best.  I am going to set my intentions for the year.

  • I intend to stop making demands of my body
  • I intend to listen to my body and understand what it needs.
  • I intend to love and forgive the virus that has caused me so much harm.
  • I intend to face each day with grace and courage.
  • What are your intentions for 2013?

What is the Point?

I am not going to keep these intentions if they actually don’t matter to me.  I am not going to make any effort with these intentions if they will not improve or directly effect my life.  Otherwise, why bother?

I am also going to give myself rewards for staying on track.  My favourite reward is always a magazine subscriptions – the gift that keeps on giving every month… for the rest of the year.


If you are interested in reading more, Go to The Yoga Journal; The Hearts Intention.