Posts Tagged: Lyme disease

Our attachments weigh us down

I’ve written before about attachments and the yama aparigraha (non-attachment). The idea is that strong attachments or aversions to anything (objects, people, places, feelings) cause suffering. This is because impermanence is a fact of life. Objects break, people die, places change, feelings come and go, and to the extent that we are attached to them, we… {read more}

Yoga for Difficult Times: Tapas

Yoga offers ancient solutions to modern problems. But you could also say yoga offers ancient solutions to ancient problems, because when things go sideways in our lives, the themes are as old as the sun. Grief, loss, disappointment, illness, anger, pain, frustration, loneliness: none of these are unique to the modern world. Your girlfriend may… {read more}

Yoga for Lyme Disease: An Interview with Erin Bidlake

Kayla Kurin of Aroga Yoga recently interviewed me about how I’ve used yoga to work with chronic pain and Lyme disease.  

I have a life preserver in the form of a little pink pill

I have a life preserver in the form of a little pink pill. I started taking it about four years ago when I began to understand the extent to which my illness was becoming a family affair. While I was willing to let myself drown in Lyme disease, anxiety, and depression, I couldn’t bear to… {read more}

Chronic pain and yoga asana: 4 tips

Yoga has been instrumental to my recovery from Lyme disease. I’ve already written about how I use yogic philosophy to make sense of chronic pain (here and here), but long before I knew anything about yogic philosophy, I started using the physical practice of yoga (yoga asana) to work with the disease in my body. People… {read more}

Reframing chronic pain

One of the ways I make sense of my pain is by reframing what it means to have pain. In particular, I’m interested in the way I, and others, talk about pain. I’ve always been fascinated by the power of words and language; I studied linguistics at university, and I’ve been writing poetry since I… {read more}