Living with Endometriosis is NOT easy.
When an Endo flare up begins to creep in it’s like the growing intensity of a hammer thudding against your pelvis. It sucks.
Six to twelve months ago and that pain would steadily increase until it was unbearable. Now, it comes, it subsides and then it leaves.
Find a unique balance that works for you.
During the last six months, I’ve made a lot of changes. It’s been a constant dance between introducing and experimenting with new elements and removing others to see how my body responded.
Test and Learn
I’ve experimented with Acupuncture, Cupping, Massage, and Reflexology alongside my own healing practices of Reiki and Theta. I’ve made changes to my working week, diet (cutting sugar, gluten, dairy, meat, alcohol), daily rituals, mental wellbeing and most importantly to my Yoga practice.
Yoga is a beautiful support
Yoga is a beautiful support in living with this tricky and invisible condition, and it’s not just the postures that have helped but rather the less known (or practiced) elements of Yoga; Meditation, Pranayama (breath-work), Self-discovery and turning inwards. More blog posts to come on this, but for now I’ve included my go to Yoga postures for Endometriosis below.
Live it, breathe it, but don't be too hard on yourself
All of these adjustments are becoming a lifestyle – my routines - rather than something done once in a while, which was my usual pattern (totally breathing a huge sigh of relief from my body!)
Don’t get me wrong, I still can’t resist a pack of Reeses cupcakes (or two!) and there are days (or sometimes weeks!) where I go a little rogue – I’m still human. It’s just more and more I realise what makes me feel good and what doesn’t, so those times of falling off track get shorter and shorter.
Our Biography becomes our Biology
Lifestyle is key to managing pain. After all, our biography becomes our biology. So whatever symptoms you’re feeling right now, allow that pain to get your attention and let it serve a better purpose. Let it put you on a pathway to a better way of living.
And there’s no better way to start than adding some movement in to your day. As little as 5-10 minutes each day can be so beneficial. So here are my go to Yoga postures for Endometriosis below. They help to manage pain and regulate hormones so they’re happily balanced (and so are you!)
Also, my podcast interview with This EndoLife is now live talking all things living with Endometriosis, Western v. Eastern medicine and natural healing alternatives. Listen to 'Episode 5' here.
YOGA POSTURES FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
A lovely stretch on the muscle and fascia of the abdomen and hips, creating more space and fluidity. Coming into this posture through Chaturanga strengthens your abdominal muscles helping to heal scar tissue. If like me you’ve had laparoscopic surgery this is a blessing as scar tissue can be just as painful as Endo.
Modifications: Experiment with Sphinx or Cobra pose and build up towards Upward Facing Dog.
Half Lord of Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Seated twists are great detoxifiers. They help to activate your liver responsible for removing toxic waste. This includes excess hormones like Estrogen which sends hormonal signals telling the Endo tissue to grow.
Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana)
If you’re suffering with Endo you’ll likely be quite tight in your pelvic area. This posture helps to open up the pelvis and increase blood circulation to reduce pain. It’s also a great one to help you unwind and relax too – after all stress can aggravate the condition.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Another backbend which gently opens and stretches out the abdomen and pelvis helping to heal adhesions. Be careful with backbends as they can sometimes cause cramping the next day. Take it easy and build up slowly.
Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvāngāsana)
A beneficial posture to help balance the endocrine system, harmonising hormonal changes. Don’t be afraid to play around and have some fun too (or even massage your third eye as above!) It’s important not to practice any inversions during your moon cycle when living with Endometriosis as you want to avoid any further retrograde flow.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
A gentle hip opener whilst also stretching the abdomen and pelvis helping with pain and bloating. Try breathing really deep into the hips, and lengthening each exhalation to really calm your nervous system.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions here.