As a Lupus patient, I know that it seems counterintuitive to exercise, especially if you have aches and pains.
But the truth is movement is so important for our bodies.
Carefully choosing and incorporating an exercise regimen in your life is key to healing from Lupus.
For the next 5 weeks I’ll be discussing why Yoga should be a part of your healthcare.
There are spaces between our joints, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, hands, etc. All these areas need movement to flush out the inflammatory toxins that build up and create more pain.
Lupus is an inflammatory condition and such inflammatory provoking chemicals like to reside in our joints to cause us much pain.
Movement is key to contract the muscles to create energy flow in the body. This energy flow can positively affect our heart, nerves, hormones, and digestion.
It can also have an effect on essentially all metabolic wastes, allowing the waste to be safely processed and pulled out of us.
Our body is full of energy channels. These channels are what allow us to breathe, our heart to beat, our muscles to move, and our organs to function without us having to think about this happening.
Yogis refer to this energy as prana. Prana means life giving force and Yogis believe it’s the universal energy that flows in the body to create life and health.
They also believe that there are 7 chakras in the body which harness energy within the spine.
When the energy channels are blocked or stagnant, this is thought to create disease states in the body.
Unlike the Western medical philosophy of looking at our bodies microscopically, Yogis believe in looking at the body as a whole system.
They believe health depends on the mobility of the spine. This is because of the 7 chakras that reside in the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
What’s profound is that those chakras align with our nerve plexuses, as defined by the Western medical system.
So the wise Yogis knew what they were talking about when they put the Yoga Sutras together.
Yoga as Mindful Movement
So it makes sense to move our bodies to mobilize both the prana and the chakras in our bodies.
The best practice of movement, I believe, is the practice of Yoga.
Yoga is a low impact, safe exercise that not only moves the spine in all cardinal directions, but also enables stagnant energy to flow through to assimilate and eliminate.
Moving with your breath and tuning into your body allows the mind to take a seat in the body. Too often we are too much in our heads, not in our bodies.
Giving our medical doctors full control over our disease is one example.
Medications alone will not heal you. They will create further biochemical imbalances to create other problems in your body.
Key is to harness your own power and realize that you have full control over your body and mind, more so than any other external being or circumstance.
Creating healthy muscles despite having Lupus is key to longevity, health, and healing.
Begin to think of Lupus as a teacher.
A teacher who gently, or sometimes forcefully, lets us know that whatever we are doing is causing imbalance in our bodies so much so that we’re starting to break.
Symptoms we experience, no matter what medical condition you have, are just that. They’re a communication system to let us know what we need to focus on.
Metabolism and Lupus
Metabolism is defined as “the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.” Our metabolism is what allows our bodies to produce energy to move, think, and function.
If we are not metabolically sufficient, we will be prone to fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, hormonal imbalances, and immune system dysfunction.
It’s in our best interest to do everything we can to optimize our metabolic function. This includes healthy movement, eating, and thinking in order to heal from Lupus.
Yoga as a movement helps to optimize metabolism and allows for our muscles to get stronger to have a positive net effect in our bodies and health.
Detoxification and Lupus
Our immune system is the first line defense system for our bodies. With Lupus, we’ve got more toxins coming in than we are able to tolerate.
This overburden creates an imbalance in our immune system which leads to a negative domino effect in the body’s ability to detoxify negative byproducts of our metabolism.
In order for our bodies to detoxify, we need to mobilize toxins.
Various Yoga techniques, such as breathing and movement, can help to stimulate the detox organs to optimize their function.
This is why it’s so important to move. The worse you feel, the more you must move to mobilize the toxins for safe detox.
But you don’t need to dread the movement, as most Yoga practices I share are very soothing and relaxing.
As you move, you can feel your body again. You’ll tune inward through your breath and create an efficient motor system to begin to allow for sufficiency in metabolism and detoxification.
While movement isn’t the only thing required, it’s a huge piece of the puzzle when healing your body.
I hope this was helpful. This week, to align with our blog, I’ll be sharing a soothing Yoga sequence to help your body detox and improve metabolism. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you don’t miss it.
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