Kit received their diagnosis of fibromyalgia in the early to mid 2000s. After quickly cycling through the 3 meds (Lyrica, Savella, duloxetine) and finding they did nothing for pain, but gave lots of side effects, they accepted a “prescription” for “deal with it. We don’t treat pain” and went on about life.
However, they didn’t stop looking for answers. They received reiki training a few years later, and began an interest in yoga and energy work. Except “try yoga” also didn’t cure their pain, and dealing with a full-time job and caring for an elderly relative left little time for anything else.
It’s a story that’s all too familiar for those with fibromyalgia. Little to no help from medical professionals, many of whom use a fibromyalgia diagnosis, the way Victorian doctors diagnosed hysteria. Trying to do too much with too little energy left them burn out and hanging on by a thread.
The only thing that helped? Spending time at the barn with their horse. And when not at the barn, spending time around their many pets including cats and parrots.
So when the opportunity presented itself, they moved to their Missouri homestead (that’s SuperDuck in the picture) to be around nature and animals as much as possible.
It’s this experience and knowledge they bring to Chicken Yogi. Connection makes the wellness wheel go round. Connection to ourselves; connection to others; connection to the natural world and animals.
For Those With Fibromyalgia
I encourage you to check out the Chicken Yogi Club where you’ll find my on-demand videos and trainings. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive latest blog posts and information. I’ll share methodologies and information about fibromyalgia. Since that initial discovery, I’ve learned a lot, especially about how fibromyalgia intersects with neurodivergence. And I’ll be talking about that here on this blog.
For Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation Instructors
I know you want to share yoga, meditation, and mindfulness with those suffering from chronic pain. It’s a big business, and I see your classes and offerings. But if you don’t experience the relentless daily pain of fibromyalgia, along with other associated symptoms, then there’s a good chance you’re not really serving the fibromyalgia community. So here, I’ll share information that will help you and your students, and create classes to help you understand the condition and tailor your yoga classes to those of us with mobility and pain issues.
Fibromyalgia is more than just pain, and making an accessible yoga class is more than just slowing things down. I invite you to share space with me and let’s talk about how you can truly help your students without making them feel bad, ashamed, or like you’re just profiting off a trend.