“The Yoga for Fibromyalgia Simple Strategies Workshop is the workshop I needed ten years ago when initially diagnosed with fibromyalgia,” says Melbourne yoga teacher and fibromyalgia sufferer, Peggy Hailstone.
Peggy considers herself more fortunate than most fibromyalgia sufferers: she found yoga before she got sick. However, after a decade of trying to combat the condition she realised fighting the condition was counterintuitive. “You need to treat the condition with the utmost respect. Like a close dear friend who is trying to tell you something you need to hear. You treat fibromyalgia with yoga postures and practices that enable you to hear, listen, and respond to your physical and psychological needs. At first attempt they’re mere murmurs. With practice they become whispers. Over time they give voice to the needs of your soul. I know this from lived experience.”
I am delighted to announce that on Friday 24 October, Peggy and I will co-facilitate a Yoga for Fibromyalgia workshop in Melbourne. Whether you’ve had fibromyalgia for years, or are newly diagnosed, The Simple Strategies workshop will arm you with practical strategies, and useful tools and resources that can be applied and practiced safely at home.
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