Welcome to Clear Reflection Yoga.  On this site you will find the Clear Reflection Yoga Blog, information about yoga classes taught by Deb at Purple Iris – Berkley, and related resources I hope readers like you will find interesting and helpful.

Why blog?  Too many people are missing out on the benefits of yoga because they think they aren’t thin enough, flexible enough or in shape.  Or maybe it’s because they have bad knees, a limited range of motion, chronic pain or are challenged by health conditions that affect their balance or energy levels or the pace at which they move — even how they move.

But I passionately believe that anyone — even you — can do yoga.  You may need props and modified versions of the poses, or even to do your yoga in a chair.  But, if you can breathe, you can do yoga.  I am a 40-something, plus sized woman living with the challenges of multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.  I know there are times when a full “regular” sun salutation just isn’t going to happen.  And that’s okay.  The point is that you deserve to feel your best (however best is defined on any given day) and to reap the rewards of this amazing practice.

I hope this blog and related resources will inspire you to try yoga or resume a set aside practice.


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  1. I’ve got a beginner’s Yoga CD right here that my mom gave to me. It’s still in the package, but once I can get up out of this bed and go downstairs to where I have room to do it, I have every intention of doing it, however, I may need the chair version to start with, as I did attempt to go to several yoga classes a few years ago and it was really, really difficult with this fibromyalgia, only one of several diseases I deal with, the instructor was told before the very first class what my problems were and asked if she thought I could do it and she said, of course, anyone can do it. She said I might have to modify some of the moves and positions, but to just do what I could and everyone can breathe. I went 3 or 4 times before I threw in the towel. I’m currently going to physical therapy to attempt to build up some much needed muscle mass that has atrophied from being in bed for so long and to build up some strength, as I’ve gotten really weak over the past 4 years. I’m hoping that after I’m done with PT, I’ll be able to do more of these kinds of things. I do meditate, though, and practice breathing exercises and mindfulness and all that other good stuff. I’ll continue to follow you and to learn as much as I can. Thanks for sharing and good luck on your journey.
    Tammy 🙂

    • Hey, Tammy. Sorry it’s taken a few days to reply. So glad you have a yoga DVD that you plan to try at some point. However, I want to recommend that you not wait until you are stronger to try yoga. Oh, you can wait until you are stronger to try the DVD. But yoga isn’t about being strong enough or flexible enough to do poses on a DVD. You can do yoga in bed. Or, one a day when you make it out of bed, do one or two restorative poses on the floor. Here’s a link to a great 16 minute in bed yoga routine on YouTube. It is labeled for cancer patients, but its perfect for anyone needing to do some yoga in bed at any time of day.

      Here’s a link to the Poses Page at Do Restorative Yoga’s website. No need to do ALL the poses. Just pick one or two that feel like something you want to do right then. All it requires is a bunch of pillows and blankets. For a strap, you can use the belt off a robe.

      There is a guiding yoga philosophy called ahimsa, which is translated as non-violence in word, action and thought. Ahimsa begins with how you treat yourself. So, as you go about adding yoga into your life, do so with self-kindness, self-compassion and mindfulness. Yoga without those things is just stretching.

      • Thank you so much. I just got out of the hospital, after being there a week. I’ll check these links out, just as soon as I can. I’m going to write them down in my notebook, here. I have so many messages that I need to respond to right now, but I do appreciate it and I will check into it. Thanks, again. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
        Tammy 🙂

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