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Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)

Pandara2010-07-04 10:19:12 +0000 #1
Dear All,

In my new beginners class for 2009 I will be having a young lady of 14 who suffers from ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). Her homeopath has recommended her mother that she should be doing yoga. Anybody with experience in ME and yoga I would love to hear what you can offer in terms of approaches, asanas etc.

This is unfortunately as much info I have at this moment, sorry can't provide more.
Alix2010-07-04 10:22:12 +0000 #2
Am I correct in understanding this is also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

I am not a teacher so please bear that in mind when I offer my thoughts. I believe that acceptance of a situation often allows us the ability to change it. Therefore, I would begin with very basic work and focus on the savasana at the end and gently talk her through some mindfulness and acceptance of her being first. This might open up more avenues for her and allow her to go more deeply into training with you.
David2010-07-04 10:24:54 +0000 #3
Hi Pandara,

ME can account for a BROAD range of symptoms and maladies. I would request that her entire medical history be shared with you before you work to really contour a practice for her. She may have anything from issues with certain organs to chronic pain, areas of paralysis, or a million other things. Then of course there is the question of how she is being or has been medicated. Then there's lifestyle as many (myself included) would argue that ME is more psychosocial than anything.


Originally Posted by Alix

Am I correct in understanding this is also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Yep. It's basically one of the syndromes where the doctors have no idea what it is or what is causing it so they lump a bunch of people together with like symptoms and give it a name.


Originally Posted by Alix

I believe that acceptance of a situation often allows us the ability to change it.

I agree. In this case, I would stay away from using the medical term of ME (people tend to become attached to their diagnosis) and instead focus on how the young girl FEELS on a practice to practice basis. I'd have her come into her body, feel herself, and accept how she feels. I'm guessing the doctors have drugged her up something awful over time and due to her symptoms has probably come to fear her body, so a big part of her practice will be reestablishing a relationship with her body.
Pandara2010-07-04 10:38:52 +0000 #4
Dear David and Alix,

Thank you for the replies , also did a lot of reading on the subject over the weekend and as David pointed out it can be many things for each individual. This girl, as I understand from her mother, has been to a homeopath and I happen to know this particular doctor. I will be requesting more info from her about this girl during the week and will take it from there. So fortunately I don't have to cope with the side effects of western drugs and medicines as well.

Alix, you're right ME is also descibed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, fortunately I do focus a lot on feeling the body and what you do to your body, how it react, your emotions etc during the asanas, I call it being mindfull during practice, which then might benefit her a lot.
Alix2010-07-04 10:43:35 +0000 #5
Yes, mindfulness is what I call it too. I think it is very important for anyone dealing with a chronic issue.

Once you have her fully engaged I think some series designed for raising energy would be a good place to go.



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