Hey y’all! I’m proud to announce that I recently became an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and am looking forward to making yoga accessible to all underserved communities throughout Los Angeles’s South Bay area via my company, South Bay Yoga Therapy.
South Bay Yoga Therapy specializes in yoga modifications for those with limited mobility, injuries and chronic pain in individual or group settings. Offering chair yoga, relaxation and meditation techniques, our commitment is to focus on the every kind of body and mind.
Contact us today for more information:
- Website: southbayyoga.org
- Email: email@example.com
Today I arrived at Natural Products Expo West which is ironically located next to the happiest place on Earth…Disneyland. There are so many awesome, inspiring natural products and brands represented that I cannot wait to interact with! Check back soon for a run down of my favorite products in an upcoming blog post.
And if you’re here in Anaheim and want to say hello, please tweet at me so I can set up time to see your bright, smiling face. @kstew_arthritis.
Namaste for now,
Top Rheumatoid Arthritis Blog 2018
Wanting to send a quick shout out and HUGE thank you to Home Remedies for Life who named KStew Vents About RA as a top arthritis blog to follow in 2018. Here’s a rundown on the other great blogs that made the list.
- Inflamed – Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, written by Angela Lundberg
- At The Water’s Edge, by Dana Symons
- All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog written by Amanda
- Rheumablog – Written by Leslie Wren Vandever
- Carla’s Corner – A Figment of Fitness, by Carla Kienast
- An Attitude of Gratitude, written by Julie Faulds
- From This Point Forward, by Maria
- The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo, by Kathy Kramer
- Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog, written by Pollyanna Penguin
- Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, by Andrew Lumpe
- Arthritis Ashley, by Ashley Boynes-Shuck
- RA Adventure Rider, written by Terry
- Arthritic Chick, by Neen Monty
- Mom’s Small Victories, by Tanya
- Hurt Blogger, by Britt J. Johnson
- My Rheumatoid Arthritis Journey, by Brigid Laurito
- My RAD Life
- The Seated View, by Lene Andersen
- Brass and Ivory: Life with Multiple Sclerosis and RA, by Lisa Emrich
- Spring Sight – Finding Hope In The Midst Of Chronic Pain, written by Linda W. Perkins
- All Grown Up with JRA, by Stefanie
- Life According to Kenz, written by Kenzie
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, written by Kelly O’Neil Young
I’m so honored and elated to be mentioned alongside these fierce, inspirational, rheumatoid arthritis warriors.
In closing, as Maria, writer of “From This Point Forward” states… We have RA. RA doesn’t have us.
Be well my friends.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, it’s proven that regular yoga practice can help reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep.
So after 13 years of using yoga as alternative therapy for the physical and mental limitations brought on by my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I recently decided to take my practice to another level by attending a two day immersive yoga teacher training conference with YogaFit in Palm Springs, California.
My long term vision is to help those with chronic disease use yoga as an alternative therapy vs. popping pills to simply mask the pain. So if you know anyone in Southern California interested in learning more about the benefits of yoga for pain management, please contact me.
In October 2015, I had the opportunity to contribute to an article titled “What Arthritis Pain Feels Like” for EveryDayHEALTH . I just recently looked back at some of the things I shared in that piece and unfortunately, not much has changed. Here’s an excerpt.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be like the old “box of chocolates” adage — you never know what you’re going to get, according to blogger Katie Stewart, 34, of Austin, Texas. Stewart was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she 23 years old. “Sometimes it feels like burning, other times it feels like throbbing — throbbing so bad that you can’t think about anything else,” Stewart explains. “There are times I’ve almost considered wanting to cut off a foot or a hand, the pain is so excruciating.”
But there are also good days when the pain seems to ebb. “When I feel good, I do yoga, run, and go about life like I don’t know what RA is,” she adds.
Regardless of how you’re feeling on any particular day, make positivity your constant. Seriously! Do yourself a favor, and try to stay positive. Every time you feel like you’re going to hell and back, try to remind yourself that “this too shall pass” and eventually, it will.
Here’s to hoping y’all have a little more ebb in your life.
In 2016, Sanofi and Regeneron conducted a survey of 1,000 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in the US, with hopes of getting a better understanding of patient needs. The survey, titled Honestly RA, resulted in data that can help others understand what those of us with RA are feeling. While I’m typically skeptical of pharma backed initiatives like this, the outcome hit pretty close to home. Below are a few highlights.
- 8 in 10 of us experience pain daily or multiple times a week
- 2/3 of us say our pain keeps us away from daily activities and celebrations, even after treatment
- We are frustrated when others can’t understand our pain
- On average, we’ve tried 4+ prescription medications in the last 5 years
Can I get an AMEN here??!? This all rings true to me.
Which of these stats ring most true to you?
Does anyone else with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have trouble sleeping? The crazy thing is, it’s not the pain that keeps me up at night. At least I don’t think it is the pain, or perhaps I’m partially immune to the pain after 12 years of living with RA. Could it be side effects from my medication? Stress? Work? Life? One thing is for certain. The more I think about sleep, the less I sleep.
I’ve written about RA’s connection to sleep and fatigue before, but it’s been a while so I recently started to re-research the connection . Turns out 50% of RA patients have complained about insomnia. 50%?? That’s insanity! Not that it matters, but nobody warned me about this side effect! Add it to the list…
I’ve tried reading, watching TV, taking melatonin, general relaxing, meditation, the HeadSpace app, warm baths before bed, drinking warm milk like a baby… Heck, I’ve even tried Lunesta which actually works, but I’m afraid of getting addicted or sleepwalking.
So I’m reaching out to my spoonie friends for help. What sleep remedy works best for you? I’m willing to try just about anything.