warrior posture

From Dysautonomia International: “Dysautonomia can cause a long list of symptoms and complications in almost any organ and system in the body because the autonomic nervous system, which is impaired in dysautonomia patients, controls essential bodily functions like our heart rate, digestion, and blood pressure regulation. We couldn’t possibly fit all of the problems that can occur as a result of dysautonomia in one infographic, but this image depicts some of the more common problems associated with dysautonomia.

October is #DysautonomiaAwarenessMonth! #MakeNoiseForTurquoise


October is Dysautonomia awareness month. Dysautonomia is a umbrella term dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the “automatic” functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye, kidney function, and temperature control. Dysautonomia is not rare. Over 70 million people worldwide live with various forms of dysautonomia.

I have a form of Dysautonomia called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. POTS can cause lightheadness, fainting, tachycardia, chest pains, shortness of breath, GI upset, shaking, exercise intolerance, temperature sensitivity and more. While POTS predominantly impacts young women who look healthy on the outside, researchers compare the disability seen in POTS to the disability seen in conditions like COPD and congestive heart failure.

  • Virabhadra’s Pose is also known as the Warrior Pose.
  •  It may seem strange to name a yoga pose after a warrior; after all, aren’t yogis known for their non-violent ways? But remember that one of the most revered of all the yoga texts, the Bhagavad-Gita, is the dialog between two famous and feared warriors, Krishna and Arjuna, set on a battlefield between two great armies spoiling for a fight.
  • What’s really being commemorated in this pose’s name, and held up as an ideal for all practitioners, is the “spiritual warrior,” who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering.
  • Stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly, groins (psoas)
  • Strengthens the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back
  • Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, and ankles