“I have drastically reduced pain in my muscles and joints. I used to take pain medication every day, plus spend hours in bed laying completely still to make the pain go away. Now if pain comes on, it’s quick and not as intense.”
It seems that fate had a lot to do with Krystal’s yoga practice and the effect it has had on her life. Krystal first started at PPHY after winning a 6 month membership at the 2015 Vegan Festival. “I decided to enter after chatting with the girls at the stall,” she says, “they were so welcoming and friendly!”
That was almost 9 months ago now, and Krystal is still a fan of her yoga practice at the PPHY Prospect studio. “I love the Prospect studio because it is so easy going. I am not a naturally flexible person but there’s no pressure or judgement from the instructors or other students,” she says, “everyone’s encouraging and friendly.”
“I didn’t realise how profound the benefits would be!”
Krystal says that the biggest difference yoga has made to her life has been physical. She suffers from Fibromyalgia, a rheumatic condition that affects the muscles and joints. “I suffer from most of the common symtpoms,” says Krystal, “including increased sensitivity, decreased pain threshold, extreme fatique, problems with cognition and issues with sleep.” Krystal says she is now a lot stronger and a lot more flexible, “I didn’t realise how profound the benefits would be!”
After suffering from Fibromyalgia, Krystal felt like she had tried everything to help her symptoms. “Yoga is one form of treatment that my doctor recommended,” she says, “I didn’t give it a second thought (too hippy for me) until I spoke to the girls at the PPHY stall. I’m very glad I did. I have drastically reduced pain in my muscles and joints. I used to take pain medication every day, plus spend hours in bed laying completely still to make the pain go away. Now if pain comes on, it’s quick and not as intense.”
Apart from these astounding results (that we are so pleased to hear about!) Krystal also enjoys her practice in itself. “My favourite pose is SAVASANA!” she laughs, “Ok, no, not really. Probably downward dog. Cat-cow breaths are also great.” Krystal enjoys warm variation classes because she finds them to be relaxing and gentle. She has alo been enjoying hot vinyasa and blend classes, and has done a few themed classes for variety.
Krystal’s inspiring story is one of many in the PPHY community, and we are very proud of her for not only trying something different, but for making a commitment to improving her health. Well done, Krystal!
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The PPHY Team