From time to time, when resources permit, our group runs yoga classes.|
Yoga means "union" and is the ancient science of unifying body, mind and emotions to bring health, balance and peace. Yoga postures harmonise the systems in the physical body, and breathing and relaxation practices calm the mind and increase energy levels.
Yoga is about awareness - being in the present moment using the body, breath and senses. To gain the maximum benefit it should be practised a little every day.
Below are three videos containing yoga practices from the Satyananda/Bihar School of Yoga tradition, which is a very spiritual and meditative approach, devised by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (see www.biharyoga.net). It is very good for stress management.
The teacher, Lilamurti (Lynn Parrott), is a trained Satyananda Yoga teacher (recognised and insured by the British Wheel of Yoga) and has been teaching yoga since 2000. She taught a weekly class for the South East London ME Support Group (then the Camberwell ME Support Group) several years ago. During that time she worked with the group to refine routines that would be suitable for ME sufferers. She teaches a gentle yoga class at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in Balham which is suitable for people with ME (www.syclondon.com).
These yoga practices - postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama) and relaxation (Yoga Nidra) - are very gentle and suitable for beginners and people with ME. However if you wish to practise and have not done yoga before, you are advised to consult a qualified yoga teacher first. If you have a serious medical condition then please consult a doctor before practising. The teacher and the South East London ME Support Group cannot accept responsibility for any ill effects you experience from attempts to carry out these practices.
Because of the nature of ME, you may need to do fewer rounds or rest at some point. Listen to your body. Do not push yourself to complete postures if you start to feel exhausted. If possible practise on an empty stomach (two hours after a meal).
Most of the postures and breathing can be found in the book Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha' by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Bihar Yoga Bharati). More Yoga Nidra CDs are available from the Satyananda Yoga Centre London www.syclondon.com. If you have an android phone (not iPhone) you can download the free Bihar Yoga App which has more practices on it.
The three attached videos are:
Yoga - 10 Minute Relaxation:|
Yoga - 20 Minute Session:||
Yoga - 30 Minute Session:||