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Allanah Law shares her story…. how Yoga helps her cope with Endometriosis

Some of you may know of Allanah who has agreed to write about her experience with Endometriosis. I hope her story encourages you to incorporate Yoga into your life.

Yoga for Endometriosis

 Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. Susan Sontag.

Dear Ladies,

My name is Allannah Law and I am a yoga teacher who has Endometriosis. Its genetic, my mother had it, as did her sister and my cousin. Melissa has asked me to share my story with you in the interest of giving you hope concerning what yoga may be able to do for you. So here goes!

For the last three years I have had a chronic illness. Symptoms came and went, but the twenty kilos that I lost because of it remained. It happened just after the birth of my daughter, which felt like horrendous timing, although, is there ever a good time to get sick? For the first two years, it remained unidentified – they were the hardest years. For those of you reading this post who have chronic illness, I’m sure we have all shared the incredible anxiety and self-questioning that comes from unexplained symptoms.

Then in March this year, I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis. The funny thing is my symptoms are not all associated with endo. But endo it is, big as life and twice as ugly. I was incredulous when told. A huge blow to my ego. I have been a yoga teacher for 6 years, practitioner for 12. I no longer drink, take drugs, I eat well and I exercise. And so I asked the inevitable question, why me?

Well, why not me? And why someone else? My health journey has taken me to some incredible places where I’ve met incredible people. People dealing with a lot worse than me. My symptoms – nausea, abdominal cramping and bowel trouble pale in comparison to my student’s liver cancer, ovarian cancer and even more severe endometriosis. Now I count myself lucky. Unlike some of my students I have not been given a certain amount of time to live. I have not had to have a complete hysterectomy. I do not have a child with a terminal illness. I have been able to give birth to two happy, healthy children.

These brave women (and men) show extraordinary strength every day in what they face. I feel guilty sometimes even mentioning my illness when I’m with them and often I feel powerless to help. But I’m not entirely powerless. After all, I’ve been able to have kids and pain-free periods. And the only thing I can put that down to is Yoga. Yoga unites the body and the mind. Yoga reduces stress and anxiety and keeps the body fit and healthy. Yoga keeps your energy from stagnating. And, I believe, Yoga has helped me become a better person.

And I can pass on the knowledge of yoga that I have to others, so that they can benefit from it too. So if you have endometriosis, and would like to find some relief which is inexpensive and achievable let me know and I’ll do my best to put together practices for what ever is going on for you. Yoga is not a magic bullet. It will not “fix” your condition. But I guarantee it will help you find some peace and leave you a healthier, happier being.

Namaste and be well,
Allannah

Hugs, Melissa x
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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Melissa

    Thanks Allanah and it is my pleasure – sharing your story!
    The endoscopy sounds interesting and certainly less invasive than a Laparoscopy! Hope it goes well and hope they can remove it and “it be gone!” for good!
    Big hugs!
    Mel

  2. Allannah Law

    Hey Mel and Crissi,

    Thanks for popping my story up and thank you Crissi for your reply! I hope you find the relief you deserve!! I have had quite a few women contact me about yoga for endo from this blog (thanks Mel xxx), and I will be creating something online fairly soon, so I’ll keep you posted.

    Just an update from me, we have discovered lesions on my small intestine, that are possibly Crohns. But I’ve done my research and guess what mascarades as Crohns disease – Endometriosis in the GI tract!!!!

    We discovered it through a pill endoscopy – the pill is a camera which travels through your gut and its fantastic. So my GYN surgeon is now going to take at the footage to rule out endo. Fingers crossed it is, as once its removed from the intestines, it rarely grows back.

    The pill endoscopy is fairly new and is a non-invasive way of checking out your GI tract. So if you do have digestive symptoms, ask a gastroenterologist for this excellent diagnostic tool. Mel, you may want to blog about it…

    Cross your fingers for me,

    Allannahxxxx

  3. Melissa

    Hi Crissi. I am so glad you found this site and me and Allanah too 🙂 It is great having the internet – so many freedoms open up!
    Check out this website too as you can download a DVD where you can do Yoga from home. This is how I started. It explains everything really well and shows you how to stand properly etc.
    https://endoempowered.com/yoga-home-great-way-to-save-some-money-and-still-get-into-yoga/
    So glad you are going against the mainstream and doing something for yourself!

  4. Crissi

    Thanks for this information. Believe it or not only yesterday, I went into a bookstore looking at a yoga book which contains a DVD( unfortunately I don’t remember the title). I planned to returned and grab the name with the intentions of getting your thoughts.

    In my country methods such as yoga, homeopathy, alternative methods, etc. are not encouraged or even recognized within the health system. They are very few doctors who would tell you “it is up to you” to try it if you think it would help but they don’t recommend or prescribe it. So here I was all ready to come and get you advise and voila this article.

    Thank you Mel. Thanks Allanah. Please continue to share and encourage.

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