Yoga and Fibromyalgia
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
I was not aware of how terrible this disease can be until I find out that a person I know has it. The symptoms vary from person to person but in general they are the following: Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disease characterized by chronic pain in tendons, muscles, bones and joints that affects the entire body, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, hypersensitivity, pain head, thinking and memory problems, among others. To the suffering of those who suffer from fibromyalgia is added the difficulty to articulate in the work and family world since all the mentioned symptoms are not related to clinics, accidents, or malignant cancers in which the patient is more understood and helped.
THE GOOD NEWS…
HORMONES HAVE neurochemical information that modifies the relationship patterns of the individual with their own thinking and with perceptions from abroad.
Yoga and meditation in daily sessions of half an hour (it can be a little more or less time, depending on your needs and availability) can revert remarkably all these symptoms mentioned. This is due to its ability to modify your body's response to stress, mainly in the nervous system or HORMONAL SYSTEM.
There are seven chakras located in the seven main energy bodies.
The endocrine system is responsible for regulating the balance of hormones and metabolism, each of the endocrine glands has its correspondence with each of the seven main chakras.
When your chakras are not aligned, imbalances occur in your body both physically and mentally.
ENDOCRINE AND YOGA SYSTEM
Yoga asanas activate the endocrine glands or moderate if their activity is excessive. These glands are found in different regions of the body, but they act on the whole body, since they secrete hormones in the blood, which carry their message to the rest of the body.
The ASHTANGA TRISTHANA yoga method is the traditional yoga method to balance your chakras and thus regulate your endocrine system.
It includes soft postures controlling breathing and being very aware of your movements through CONCENTRATION. It is a yoga whose main objective is to relax and strengthen muscles through stretching, breathing and concentration to enter an initial state of meditation in which you enjoy YOUR PRESENT.
In an ASHTANGA TRISTHANA class, you practice to concentrate on 3 elements: breathing (pranayama), postures (asanas) and concentration point (drishti). By bringing your attention to these 3 focus points, the mind calms and the attention turns inward. After a consistent and regular practice, you achieve a deep meditative state that balances your endocrine system. This system is known as Tristhana.
Let's look closely at how our endocrine system works:
Regulates sleep: The pineal gland secretes a hormone called melatonin which in turn is stimulated by serotonin and which is activated in turn by the regular practice of yoga.
Regulates fertility and sexual impulse: The gonads secrete the hormone testosterone in men and the hormones estrogen and progesterone in women, their function is to control them.
Metabolize sugar: The islets of Langerhans, are specialized pancreatic cells that act as glands that secrete the insulin needed to metabolize sugar.
Balances the immune system: The adrenal glands regulate the body against stress, balancing it.
Regulates energy production: Thyroid gland and parathyroid, produce hormones that control the rate at which cells burn fuel from the blood.
Spend 45 minutes on your WELL / BE
I recommend a 15-minute daily practice of Ashtanga Tristhana Yoga followed by 5 minutes of pranayama (breathing techniques) and 15 minutes of meditation.