Yoga for Dysautonomia / POTS
Today we shared all about Dysautonomia/ POTS, what it is, and why we’re so passionate about supporting this cause.
For those of you familiar with this syndrome, you need to know Rachel of Sleepy Santosha. She is a yoga teacher + chronic illness warrior. She has POTS and she talks about it in her videos on her YouTube Channel. She has a supportive online community. She offers videos of classes like “Yoga for when Everything Hurts” and “Easy Morning Yoga in Bed”.
FRIENDS. She is LOVELY. And if you have POTS, or chronic illness, or want an absolutely accessible practice, she is a wonderfully supportive resource that we’re so happy to have discovered!
This is an excerpt and post from her YouTube Channel, which you can follow by clicking this link.
Yoga for Dizziness: YouTube Video with Sleepy Santosha
“For the past couple months, I have been really struggling with feeling lightheaded anytime I am upright. So today I thought I would share a few of the yoga poses that I like to use to help my body rest and reestablish equilibrium. You will need a block for these poses. “
“Balasana - Child's Pose Forward folds like this one are incredibly soothing for the nervous system. This grounding pose also helps with headaches and migraines, which can exacerbate or cause dizziness. Using a block under the forehead in this pose brings the head level with the heart to prevent any blood pooling, and this also gives the forehead a bit of a massage.
Malasana - Garland Pose The heart doesn't have to work so hard against gravity in this pose because we're shortening the distance between the head and the feet. This can help with feeling dizzy or lightheaded because adequate blood flow is able to reach the head. You can modify this pose with a block if needed.
Viparita Karani - Legs Up the Wall This pose is my go-to because it addresses so many issues at once, including: headaches, blood pooling, blood pressure regulation, cramps, stress, insomnia, fatigue and more. It gives the circulatory system a break by inverting the body. If you're living with POTS, Orthostatic Intolerance or any other dysautonomia, this is the number one pose I'd recommend. “
You can also check out: Restorative Yoga for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome ( POTS )
If you are in our area, and would like to come into the studio, we have a LOVELY Yoga Nidra every Monday night at 7:45pm with Jamie Wilkinson, POTS advocate and inspiration to us all.