Potsies and Yoga

Potsies and Yoga

Hi everyone! Welcome to Yoga and Pots. I am starting over from scratch right now with Yoga and essentially starting over with my healing path to my body. At the moment, I have so much pain, stiffness and air hunger, that I haven’t been able to work out much for the last 8 months. It has taken a toll on my body as I struggle to move and do anything without quick exhaustion, becoming very tired and ending up with very sore muscles. In the past I have tried the levine protocol for POTS, but to be honest I struggle with trying to find my exercise balance with how hard to work out so that I don’t suffer for the next few days and have pots relapses or make my symptoms worse. I also find I just don’t have the stamina to do what is required just yet. So I thought I would start with some very light, slow yoga training sessions. And build up my tolerance in my muscles and stamina, and then perhaps I can progress to the rower and bike.

Hit the floor for a few before I really even got started with my Yoga. Sometimes with pots we just have to do what we can…when we can.

Well, I didn’t get far initially, but I got back up and kept at it when my body was ok. I just listened to my body. Number one rule for pots and for yoga, to listen to your body. Yoga has always been a passion of mine. I love everything about it. It helps slow my racing mind, it melts my stress away, and I feel so much better AFTER I complete it. I say after, because the during is a bit of a struggle. BUT I WILL GET THERE! A few years ago, I went away with some girlfriends and they did a yoga session, out on the dock. I sat and watched the whole time. I knew I just wasn’t capable of powering through the session. I watched them and all the other patrons in awe. I remember saying to myself that the next time we went, I would be down on the mat with them. SO that is my goal. MAKE IT TO THE MAT….EVERYDAY. So that I can make it to the mat on the waterfront one day. So ….guess what….I did it….I made the mat mine today!

MADE IT THROUGH!

The nice thing with yoga is you can really go at your own pace, and make your session as hard or light as you feel able. The session I did today is essentially light stretching, but for me, it feels like I am in an advanced class! I can’t wait till I can look back and see what this session looked like a year ago. So join the yoga journey with me…and lets make it to the mat! EVERYDAY!

Why Palm Trees with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia?

Why Palm Trees with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia?

~It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened~

Philip Sydney

When I was 19, I got my only tattoo that I will ever get. It was a palm tree, on my lower back of course. It’s meaning was one that I still carry with me today. Victory, strength, resilience, peace and beauty. I remember a few trips my parents took us on as kids, and I always looked forward to the first palm tree that I saw, because it meant “we made it”! At the time, I meant it literally. We made it to Mexico, we made it to Florida. As time went by, I looked at the palm tree as a symbol meaning that I had made it in life, and that I must be ok if I was seeing one. If I saw a palm tree, it meant I was on a vacation, and that meant happiness and prosperity. But it was when I saw them bending and surviving in the hurricanes on television that I felt their power and perseverance. After a storm, it was always the palm trees left standing. They are strong, they survive, and they are a thing of beauty and calm. What I strive for everyday.

As I will divulge in upcoming posts, I feel like I am a palm tree that grew up and then weathered a great many storms. As I have turned 40, my life has been a series of storms that keep bending my palms to the floor, leaving me looking up and praying for answers. Each time, I straighened myself back up, and found a way to sway in the breeze. Finding my inner peace and little victories to cling to. Palm Trees helps me heal with POTS.

The goal of this blog is to let you know that you are not alone. Palm trees grow in groves, and so can we. Let’s create a grove that we can support each other. As Oprah once said with Deepak Chopra, ” everyone wants to be seen and heard”. So let’s create a groove of support, and let’s really hear everyone, and lean on each other during those storms. In great numbers we can achieve balance and prosperity. We are all living a life that is a bit coconuts, and guess what? ITS OK! Cheers to keeping those coconuts in our lives and making things a little more interesting!