Posts tagged with: Religion and Spirituality

“If you do not fight, you will not win.”

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A recent message from my young adult pastor really moved me spiritually, but it also has had an effect on my life outside of my faith in Christ.

John Mark reminded us, in the war of life, “if you do not fight, you will not win,” and it struck me that this comes into play with our health, too – especially those with chronic illnesses. If you choose to “give up,” you can never actually “win.” If you choose to educate yourself, give yourself material to fight with you can learn the best methods to “fix” the problem. While you may never have a cure, you can find treatments, support and other options besides giving up.

When I heard that I might have fibromyalgia, instead of just accepting it and moving on knowing that I have an incurable syndrome, I did a ton of reading. This reading lead me to believe I *didn’t* have fibro! I approached my doctor, encouraged him to do some more studying of my body and he realized that I was right. What I do have is ankylosing spondylitis, which is no more curable or stoppable than fibromyalgia, but I know now different treatment methods. I chose to fight, I will choose to win.

I just wanted to encourage you today to keep that line in mind … “if you don’t fight, you will not win.”

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YPFW :: Boat pose

Instead of just doing a text post for the Boat Pose, today I’d like to share a couple of videos with you instead. I can’t figure out how to imbed a video into this version of WordPress, (Hey CQ – maybe this is something we can work on for the next update?)

Here is what a picture of the boat pose looks like, but I encourage you to watch the videos to really get a sense of what the Boat Pose entails!

Navasana Yoga Posture – Boat Pose
Seated Yoga Poses – Yoga Boat Pose
Yoga Poses for Fibromyalgia – Yoga Boat Pose for Fibromyalgia Patients

If you want to read step by step guides on how to do the Boat Yoga Pose, check out the instructions here at page!

This pose is going to take me a long while to get back into, since my abdominal muscles were sliced into. I’m looking forward to strengthening them in the near future though!

YPFW :: Garland pose

While the Garland Pose (Malasana) looks a bit silly, it is a wonderful chance for your legs to rest during yoga sessions. It helps make your ankles supple, stretches your back, your lower legs and your neck muscles. When you think about it, the Garland Pose is actually just a simple squatting position that a lot of people worldwide use daily just to work!

To do the Garland Pose:
Squat with feet as close together as possible. (Keep heels on the floor; otherwise, support them on a folded mat.) Separate thighs slightly wider than torso. Exhaling, lean torso forward and fit it snugly between thighs.

Press elbows against inner knees, bringing palms together in Salutation Seal (Anjali Mudra), and resist knees into elbows. This will help lengthen front torso.

To go further, press inner thighs against sides of torso. Reach arms forward, then swing out to sides and notch shins into armpits. Press finger tips to floor, or reach around outside of ankles and clasp back heels.

Hold position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, inhale, straighten knees, and stand into Uttanasana.

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Yoga poses for women :: Child’s Pose

While I’m healing from herniagate*, I have realized that I really miss doing some basic yoga poses. There are ten yoga poses that have been “recommended” for women, and for the next few days, I’ll run through a few with my readers!

Child’s pose :: (bah-LAHS-anna) bala = child

Type of pose :: a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a three minutes
Benefits :: stretches hips, thighs and ankles

How to do Child’s pose :: Kneel on floor. Touch big toes together and sit on heels, separate knees as wide as hips. Exhale and lay torso down between thighs.

Broaden sacrum across the back of pelvis and narrow hip points toward the navel, so they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while lifting the base of skull away from the back of neck.

Two arm variations :: Either stretch the arms in front of you with the palms toward the floor or bring the arms back alongside the thighs with the palms facing upwards.

*See this post for more information on the beginning of herniagate!

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Things I’m thankful for, I

Halsey, Oregon

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As I mentioned yesterday, this week I’ll be sharing a list of things that I’m thankful for. I hope that you plan on participating with me!

  1. GOD – He sent his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus died to breach the rift between me and GOD. Without the love of Christ I would be nothing. Above everything else I am thankful for the sacrifice that He made for me. He made it for you, too.
  2. My family – as I mentioned here, they love me no matter my kooky habits. My parents raised me to be a strong, independent and smart woman. I work every day to make them proud of who I am. My sister makes me laugh. She and I have had a rocky relationship, but we are growing to really know one another as adults and it’s a blessing.
  3. My friends – everyone says this, but I have the most amazing friends. My Christian friends love in Truth, and my non-Christian friends love me even though I talk about Jesus all the time. When I have a problem, I call friends. When I need a hug, I call friends. When I need to do some laundry, I call friends. And they still love me unconditionally.
  4. Coffee – it wakes me up, it comforts me, it calms me down (weird, yeah, I know), it makes my house smell good and it connects me to people.
  5. Sunshine – Oregon doesn’t see sunshine enough, and so when I see it, I know to be truly thankful for it. Today it was cold, but for a brief moment, the sun was out. In winter months, it is such a blessing to see the bright orb in the sky.
  6. Living in the US – while I may not have been a happy camper politically for the past eight years, I am thankful to live in a country where I can speak my mind, share it on the internet, and not be in trouble for the books I read.
  7. Straight teeth – my parents paid for me to have braces and I am so thankful for this. Teeth make a person … I kid you not. I stare at teeth and know that they are included in a first impression. Mom used to tell me “smile and show me my new car,” and thinking back it really means a lot that my Mom would have rather me have beautiful teeth than her have a beautiful car. Thanks Mom!

What are you thankful for?

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