With chronic illness, it is often difficult to motivate yourself to get exercise done. This is especially true when a patient wakes up in pain.
When people think of yoga, they often think of contortionists twisting themselves into impossible pretzels atop mountain peaks. Nothing about that sounds appealing nor like something an average person can do. However, this is terribly misleading. Yoga has become one of the most popular physical activities in America in the past decade or two, and has been a staple exercise form in countries like India for centuries.
Several studies have been done to show the positive impact of yoga on the mind and as a way to improve quality of life when living with chronic illness. Because of how yoga is practiced, participants learn how to control their thoughts, their breath, and their body with ease. Often starting the day with such an activity will allow for people to go through their day with less “brain fog,” and allows the patient to carve out some time for the patient. Often a person diagnosed with a chronic illness spends a lot of time worrying about how everyone else in their lives will take it, thus neglecting themselves. By making yoga a part of your daily practice, you create a special and private space just for you.
Doing yoga with chronic illness is a bit more complicated than doing yoga without one. If you are financially able, consider hiring a private yoga instructor - especially if you are new. They can work with you on your form, your posture, and your special needs.
If a private yoga instructor is not in the cards, check online. There are several online classes, including specialized ones for chronic illness. Also look for “restorative” or “gentle” yoga practices.