Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Move, Breathe, and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life

Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Move, Breathe, and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life

by Shoosh Lettick Crotzer


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Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Move, Breathe, and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life by Shoosh Lettick Crotzer

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points (places on the body where slight pressure causes pain). Although mainstream medicine has yet to devise a successful plan for treating fibromyalgia, yoga offers sensible strategies for managing—and sometimes overcoming—the pain. Written by a yoga teacher and suitable for both yoga novices and veterans, this book is grounded in simple movements, breathing techniques, and guided visualization and relaxation sessions. Readers learn to reduce stress and manage fibromyalgia through eight sequences: four for pain relief, one to diminish fatigue and improve sleep, and three for maintaining body awareness and general flexibility. The author's simple, supportive language and mixture of theory, practice, and the latest scientific data offer hope for one of today's most challenging health conditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930485167
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Rodmell Press Yoga Shorts Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 823,120
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Shoosh has been teaching yoga since 1974 and specializes in working with students with special needs, including those with MS, arthritis, Fibromyalgia Lymphedema, and cancer. She has a masters’ degree in Diagnostic Education. In 1994, while teaching for the National MS Society, she founded the production and distribution company Mobility Limited and wrote and produced the video Yoga for MS. She also wrote and produced Yoga for Arthritis in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation in 1997, and she produced and distributes the therapeutic dance video written by Sherry Lebed Davis, Focus on Healing through Movement & Dance for Breast Cancer Survivors. Shoosh has given workshops and made presentations on yoga and arthritis at international rheumatology conferences and is especially interested in working with lymphedema. She also has two YouTube videos: Lymphatic Flow Yoga Series and Yoga Seated Sun Exercises.

Shoosh was the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Enhancement, Inc., working with breast cancer survivors for fourteen years. While at Enhancement, one of her projects was the creation and administration of educational seminars for lymphedema therapists out of which grew Lymphedema Seminars, the company she now owns and runs. Lymphedema Seminars is a company that holds educational weekend seminars around the country, providing state-of-the-art training for PTs, OTs, RNs, and others working with lymphedema. She is one of many presenters at these seminars and gives presentations on yoga for lymphedema.

Shoosh began her yoga training in India in the 1970s and continued with Sivananda Yoga teachers in Los Angeles. She has a background in Iyengar-style yoga and has studied with Joel Kramer, Ganga White, and Tracey Rich, among many others. Shoosh loves to teach and has taught yoga at universities, public schools, yoga centers, health clubs, and privately throughout the country. She lives in Morro Bay, California with her husband, Colby, and has seven incredible grandchildren.

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