People with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome cannot attend just any yoga class and receive benefits. A yoga class taught by a teacher who is not familiar with these conditions may result in an “energy crash” or set back. Some of the symptoms that can be exacerbated by specific yoga poses are low blood pressure, adrenal overstimulation, or dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system.

I am intimately aware of the limitations of both fibromyalgia and CFS/ME, and which poses can be therapeutic for you. These series classes
are carefully paced and include plenty of time for restorative or restful poses, as well as discussion of which poses and breathing techniques might be beneficial to practice at home. Some of the things that I take into consideration are:

  1. Your fight or flight mechanism is overstimulated and needs to be calmed.

  2. You need poses or exercises that combat orthostatic intolerance.

  3. Your heart rate should not go above the recommendations of Dr. Nancy Klimas, and how to do that.

  4. You need to build muscle and stamina anaerobically and restoratively (called analeptic exercise).

  5. You need poses and breathing techniques that encourage refreshing sleep.

  6. Your fascia needs to be released.

  7. Your lack of energy is probably not due to depression and is not all in your head.

  8. I may have experienced many of the symptoms that you are experiencing. (read my personal story here)


Relieving Chronic Pain and Fatigue

through breath and movement

A Workshop for people with CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia

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Specialized class:

Managing CFS and Fibromyalgia with Yoga Therapy

These series classes are dependent upon local interest. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 916-715-3225.

When:     Saturday, June 30

                2:00 - 5:00 pm

Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia come with a complex set of symptoms that are often not relieved with Western medical approaches alone. Yoga offers different views on the body’s anatomical systems that allow the patient to take an active part in mediating their symptoms.

When you are in pain, many parts of the brain are involved--the part that processes emotions, the part that pays attention, and the part that makes decisions, to name a few. This makes the pain experience different for everyone.

Yoga is very good at training the brain. People who practice yoga for many years can train their brains to slow down their heart rates or change their body temperature. People who practice yoga for just a few weeks can learn to  mediate their response to pain. This is also referred to as “toning the vagus nerve.”

Toning the vagus nerve can be as simple as changing the way you breathe. In this workshop you will learn specific breathing and focusing techniques that can decrease pain levels.

Fatigue accompanies both Fibromyalgia and CFS, more specifically post exertional malaise (PEM), the hallmark of CFS. People with these conditions cannot attend any yoga/movement class, as the wrong class may put the person in a “crash” that lasts for weeks.

In this workshop, you will learn which poses/exercises and breathing techniques to avoid, and which ones can give you a needed energy boost, in addition to those that can relax and balance your tired, wired nervous system.

The presenter, Simone Palmieri, is a 500-hour yoga instructor and  yoga therapist. She has had CFS and accompanying muscle pain and fatigue for 20 years, and credits yoga for enabling her to return to work and live an active life.



Where:   Delta Mind Body Center

               2014 10th Street

               Sacramento, CA

Cost:       $45.00 or donation

Some of the things you will learn in this workshop include:

  1. Breath, movement and focusing techniques for relief of fatigue.

  2. Yoga poses and breathing techniques that help improve sleep, decrease inflammation and IBS by calming the parasympathetic nervous system.

  3. The long and short-term effects of pain on our fascia, muscles, and nervous system.

  4. How pain is affected by stress, lifestyle and emotions.

  5. How to tone large muscle groups without reaching your anaerobic threshold.

  6. Tips on pacing and nutrition from a yoga therapy perspective that the presenter has found helpful for her own symptoms.




Restoring the Spine and Shoulders

restorative yoga for tight neck and shoulders and back pain

A Yoga Workshop--No Experience Required

When:     Stay tuned for 2018 times,

               dates and locations.

Restorative yoga is a type of yoga that is specifically aimed at inducing the “relaxation response.” This is a physiological response in our bodies that promotes pain relief and healing.

In this workshop, you will be lead through two separate restorative sequences--the instructor’s favorites--one for tight neck and shoulders, and the other for low back pain. First you will be instructed in breathing techniques, gentle movement and stretching. Then you will learn how to use “props,” or blocks, blankets and bolsters, to set yourself up in poses that relax the nervous system. All of the poses can be repeated at home using pillows and blankets, once you know the basics. Hand outs will be provided.

Restorative yoga can be valuable to learn if you are dealing with pain, illness, injury or anxiety. Even if you do not have any of these conditions, this workshop may offer interesting insights into your own overall health. No yoga experience is required.

The presenter, Simone Palmieri, is a 500-hour yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist. She has had CFS and accompanying muscle pain for 20 years, and credits yoga for enabling her to return to work and live an active life.



Cost:       $45.00

Some of the things you will learn in this workshop include:

  1. Stretches and release work for tight neck and shoulders.

  2. How to place muscles and joints in positions that stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, or the “relaxation response.”

  3. Specific breathing techniques that stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

Please call 916-715-3225, or email pauseforapose@gmail to reserve your space.


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