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lymeboy
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I have been doing Yoga for a few months now. Once/week.

I noticed from the first session that the next day is always a slow day for me, bordering on being a little ill. followed by feeling pretty good the days following.

Yesterday I did a session, and afterwards felt pretty good. It wasn't intermediate, but not exactly beginner's. I've done much tougher.

But today is a herx from way back. Feels like my bedridden days. Shocks/zaps up my spine and in my head. Difficulty moving. I feel VERY toxic.

Instructor spoke about the liver in yesterday's session. Also talked about detoxing in certain poses.

I am counting on this blowing over the next few days, as this is what yoga seems to do for me so far.

I wanted to know if anyone here knows exactly what I'm doing in these classes? I know I am adjusting my own body, stretching/ repositioning organs, and waking up muscles. But how does this work? Is there anything I should be avoiding?

Lymph drainage is said to be a factor in yoga. My lymphnodes are swollen like golf balls. Could this have something to do with it? Am I insanely toxic from the session? Did it flush a bunch of crap into my system?

Just hoping for the best and trying to assume I'll normalize ina day or two. That's what normally happens. But this herx is a doozy. I wasn't ready for it.

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I don't do yoga but I do Pilates and went through teacher training when I got better from Lyme. It was a 600 hour program, so pretty comprehensive. I've been teaching now for more than 5 years.

Movement will move lymph and can make you feel bad.

Systematic movement in Pilates (I don't really know anything about yoga) goes deeper and deeper as you get farther into it. When I was in training, at each stage, I'd start feeling bad again. When I first started, I just planned on resting the rest of the day afterward. Then my body moved all those toxins/bacteria/whatever out and I could workout without feeling bad.

Then when I went to the next level of training, it was like I started over. And so on. With each level, I'd reach a new layer of gunk for my body to process. Now that doesn't happen anymore (unless I skin brush or rebound too often).

Based on my experience, I think movement is absolutely necessary to reach wellness. I can see why the relapse rate is so high. Think about it, you have all these toxins and even bacteria that move out with movement. What would happen if you didn't move them out? Borrelia loves soft tissue, so that has to be part of what you move out with exercise.

Take it slowly. Do not try to do too much too fast. Even if your body is strong enough for more strength-wise, wait until you're not feeling so bad even going into the next day before you move up a level. Drink water and do whatever other flushing methods you use.

I credit Pilates with a big piece of my recovery. Not the only thing, but a big part of it.

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quote:
Originally posted by sixgoofykids:


Based on my experience, I think movement is absolutely necessary to reach wellness. I can see why the relapse rate is so high. Think about it, you have all these toxins and even bacteria that move out with movement. What would happen if you didn't move them out? Borrelia loves soft tissue, so that has to be part of what you move out with exercise.

Take it slowly. Do not try to do too much too fast.

Makes perfect sense to me!

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Yea, I do think that Yoga will be a big piece of the puzzle for me as well.

I do have the strength, and I can get through the sessions feeling good. Many of the poses I can get into without much effort. I usually feel pretty good all day, but waking up next day is a complete nightmare. I guess I have strength on the outside, but my insides must be mush.

Like I said, yesterday's herx was among the worst I've had. I felt like dying. Today is still bad, but considerably less than yesterday.

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Exactly. The body has the strength for the exercises, but not the detox capability for the fallout. You want to moderate it so that you don't feel too bad afterward.

I seem to have an unintentional specialty of clients who have health issues. It takes us a few sessions to find that sweet spot where they don't feel too bad the next day. It's important not to overwhelm the body.

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i'm a newbie in Yoga! The first session was awful,it hurted all. Now, I like the process. Also, we are learning interesting facts about India, as an example their namaste greeting
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What does namaste mean? I have heard it somewhere but I didn't get interested. I'm also a newbie in yoga. I have been practicing it since march when quarantine. I told to my boyfriend, I would have never done it if I didn't have plenty of time. So guess, who signed up for online courses? The same as you, it was harmful but the pleasure was continuous. I can't express in words the feeling of fulfillment and ecstasy. It's more than an orgasm, is another feeling of touching the sky. i feel also more attractive!

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