When you are not feeling 100%, you may still benefit from visualising and participating in an online Yoga session.

Philippa and Moyna, two of my long term students, have experienced online practice after years of face to face practice. Here are their testimonials:

4th July 2020   Philippa:

In February this year I fractured my pelvis in two places and also my coccyx in a riding accident, I spent a week in hospital with physio so that I could walk with a frame. Luckily for me Laurence started doing Zoom yoga in March and so I was able to join in a little from home but it was good to watch and visualise doing the stretches and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxation.
After that first session I managed to sleep for an hour longer and felt more positive.
I am 19 weeks down the road now from the injury and can walk for miles and am even trying to jog. I dont think I would be  recovering so well with out the help from Laurence’s yoga classes.

6th July 2020 Moyna 61:

I had two surgeries this spring for issue which turned out to be early stage ovarian cancer (no further treatment required currently which is great).  Yoga has always helped me both mind and body and I wanted to get to “own” my body again after surgery and on-line (due to Covid pandemic) was actually an opportunity I could enjoy. It also meant that I could explore the poses very gently, or indeed not at all if body did not permit, without feeling any pressure or much “missing out” which I might have felt in class . I also helped as I could not drive for a long time.  Laurence’s suggestion of visualising poses whether from years of experience or even as novice I’m sure helped.  I found it reinforced the feeling that i would get all the space back in my body and regain my stretch and strength be it very carefully at first.  Mentally too it was a time, as ever in class, to be completely in the moment and “breathe”, as well as connecting with friends and some of the “normal” world. 

Laurence’s guidance without judgement, even if looking at us over an online screen, and adapting poses for us, or offering alternatives has been great. 


More flexibility

It was great to try out 4 consecutive days but sadly this was definitely “too much” for me and I felt rather grotty for about a day afterwards though am fine now.
I enjoyed trying out new/ different poses and sequences including the flow yoga (?) on day 4 though suspect that the latter is particularly demanding in terms of energy.

Key features for cfs/ M.E. recovery are:
Pacing of activity and ensuring rest between periods of activity
Extending the amount and rate of activity very carefully.
Pushing the boundaries is good and necessary but too much too soon is counterproductive.
It’s a difficult balancing act to get it right !  (So, yoga once a week is fine for me but every day not fine – yet !)
I’m convinced that doing yoga over the last year or so has been really positive for me.  Indeed a couple of weeks ago whilst walking with friends in the Italian Alps they were amazed at what I could do compared with a year ago!
(Photo of me in my favourite sort of place is attached !).
It’s interesting that many people have reported the benefits of yoga for cfs/M.E. and indeed some teachers offer classes particularly for those affected.

So I plan to continue with yoga and would like to extend/ expand what I do in due course.
Sue, August 2017

During labour focus on breathing

Our baby girl arrived on Tuesday. We got home today. She is doing well. I am a bit stiff but sure I’ll recover soon. Tried to focus on the yoga relaxation tactics throughout labour and must have worked as we got there in the end with only gas and air. Some of the positions came in handy too, so thanks Laurence for all your advice.

Catherine, May 2015