Have you tried yoga? post 2

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In Australia Covid-19 restrictions are lifting and in my state yoga classes of up to 10 students are allowed to resume next Monday 22nd June.⁣ ⁣ I've been busy figuring out how and when to safely resume with the 3 venues I teach at. They are all lovely big halls so we can distance well but it is taking me time to get used to the idea of being back out in the world as the one month notice has slowly counted down.⁣ ⁣ If you'd like a taste of my yoga my YouTube link is in my bio.⁣ ⁣ Let me know what yoga practices help nurture you. I have been enjoying gentle or passive stretches that are about all my weary body is feeling like at the moment. I think many of us are finding the state of the world is weighing heavy so plenty of kindness to ourselves and others is essential.⁣ ⁣ Lots of love and energy to you all, I hope your body and mind are kind to you today⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 💛Claire xoxox⁣

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Exploring the question “Have you Tried Yoga?” (1)

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Have You Tried Yoga?⁣⁣ This question turns up in memes so I want to explore it over a number of posts.⁣⁣ ⁣ Yoga is routinely presented as a catch all solution for any issue you dare to voice, but classes don't always cater to the diverse needs of our community. ⁣⁣ ⁣ The practice of yoga is so much bigger than gym style classes full of lithe legging clad bodies and Instagram ready athletic poses.⁣⁣ ⁣ When you explore deeper you find yoga can be useful for each one of us when adapted to meet our own unique needs. ⁣⁣ ⁣ For me, much of the time yoga looks like the photo. Lying down, resting, gentle movement, passive stretches, breathing, coming back to the present again and again.⁣⁣ ⁣ Sometimes it looks like me at the front of a class teaching gentle or chair yoga in a local community centre, hall, or library. Many of my students are seniors or people living with a chronic illness. ⁣⁣ ⁣ What could yoga could look like in your life at the moment?⁣⁣ ⁣ What aspects of yoga do you already have in your life? Practices? Outlook? Mindset?⁣⁣ ⁣ What aspects of yoga are lapsed habits?⁣⁣ ⁣ What aspects of yoga do you want to do more of?⁣⁣ ⁣ Asanas (yoga postures) ⁣⁣ which can be the gentlest of movements.⁣⁣ ⁣ Pranayama (breathing exercises)⁣⁣ ⁣ Relaxation, Mindfulness and Meditation⁣⁣ ⁣ Moral and Personal principles of conduct ⁣⁣ ⁣ Philosophy⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Come and hang out with me on YouTube where I am being brave and showing up, figuring out how to present to a camera rather than a class. So far a video a week for 7 weeks. Like, subscribe, and share, it really helps.⁣ Search "Claire Huntley" or find the link in my bio⁣.⁣ ⁣ Lots of love and energy to you all⁣⁣,⁣ I hope your body and mind are kind to you today⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Love Claire xoxox⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 🥰⁣Please share if you find helpful. Image description- Yellow text boxes with a paler yellow sun in the left corner. The text in this post is broken up over several slides. There is one photo of Claire showing head and torso, eyes closed, hands resting on abdomen, she is a white woman with brown hair, wearing a long sleeve royal blue tshirt, laying on a green yoga mat on a wooden floor. One image shares a screenshot of Claire's YouTube channel.⁣ ⁣

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The Daily Dance with Chronic Illness

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The daily dance with chronic illness 🙃.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Symptoms, payback, recovery, pre-emptive rest, therapeutic interventions, pep talks, patience, tasks of daily living, bigger plans, inspiration, hard things, uplifting things, self care, mistakes, small wins, ⁣⁣ ⁣ Keeping on the lookout for all the joys t o be found in the precious moments in the present, to top up our hearts so we can keep on dancing even when everything hurts and when so much is hard.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ What helps fill up your heart so you can keep on going when things are hard?⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I recently shared another ebook Connecting with the Natural World. I have filled it up with lovely things you can turn to and deepen your links with the wider world even from your own home especially when things are hard. It is FREE💞 ⁣ Book link in bio or ask for it in the comments.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I've also been showing up and being a beginner on YouTube filming yoga videos the last 7 Thursdays. There are about 4.5 hours of videos so far. Even just have a listen sometime- there are two videos of me talking so it's not all yoga movement. There is chair yoga, bed yoga, floor yoga, gentle yoga, and movements for throughout the day to care for your body when you can't do much at once. YouTube link in bio or ask for it in the comments.⁣⁣ ⁣ I've been thinking a lot about being a beginner and how it takes courage and effort.⁣ When life is already hard it can be even more daunting to step up and learn something new and keep practicing and gaining experience while you get the hang of it and then longer to be kind of ok at it and then maybe later being quite good at it.⁣ I've really appreciated having some supporters as I start sharing on YouTube.⁣ ⁣ If you want to share something new you are learning or something you want to start learning I'd really love to follow along and encourage you on your beginners journey. ⁣ ⁣ Share the post if you think others will enjoy reading it too.⁣ ⁣ Lots of love and energy to you all⁣ I hope your body and mind are kind to you today⁣ 💛Claire xoxox

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ME/CFS Awareness Day

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There is no denying by those that understand it that ME/CFS is a beast of an illness. But sadly it is largely misunderstood condition by many who don't understand it. "I get tired too", "are you sure you aren't just lazy", "all those symptoms can't be a real illness" , "maybe it's depression?", "you'd feel better if you exercised". Historically ME/CFS has been ignored by governments. And awareness raising and advocacy was left to rest mostly on the shoulders of patients and their supporters.⁣ Things are slowly improving, and there are some incredible individuals and organisations working tirelessly to make ME/CFS visible and better understood both in wider society and in biomedical research fields. [Text from second image] ⁣ I am one of the #MillionsMissing. ⁣ My name is Claire.⁣ I have had ME/CFS since 1993 when I was only 13.⁣ ⁣ Everyday since, symptoms, discomfort, and fatigue.⁣ ⁣ I am considered one of the lucky ones as so many are confined to their bed, in a quiet, darkened room for relentless years. We need this horror to be a distant memory. More Awareness. More Funding. ⁣ More Research. More Treatment. ⁣ More Compassion. More Belief.⁣ ⁣ We are the #MillionsMissing. Missing from society. Missing from our greatest hopes and dreams.⁣] ⁣ Please share and also visit @openmedf @millionsmissing and @meactmet⁣ Lots of love and energy to you all, I hope your body and mind are kind to you today 💛Claire xoxox⁣ My account tries to focus on building A Warmhearted Life when living with illness or other difficult circumstances. I share about using strategies including doing #SomeNotNone, doing things #ForFutureMe, and approaching your day from a place of #GentleProductivity. ⁣ I also have a new YouTube channel with gentle yoga including chair yoga and more chronic illness related things coming this week.⁣

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My new nature eBook

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I try and connect with nature regularly throughout the day no matter what kind of day I am having. Consciously looking out different windows as I move through the house even in hours where chronic illness can mean it takes summoning strength to get up just to go to the bathroom.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ So many people I cross paths with here post about the importance of connecting with the natural world and I love seeing how often it is mentioned at the moment providing some solace when life is all topsy turvy.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I've written this free book to inspire you to broaden your scope to include even more connection with the natural world in your life. I believe that doing #SomeNotNone is so much better than waiting for the opportunity for a day out in nature.⁣⁣ You don't have to venture to a forest because their are glimpses and pockets of nature always nearby- even a vase of foliage picked from your garden or a bowl of shells or stones, the glimpse of sky over rooftops from your bed. ⁣Birds to spot in the garden, views from windows, plants in your home, the seasonal changes in the weather and plants around you.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It all counts🍃.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you pause and notice, it counts.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And during covid-19 we need things at home that count.⁣⁣ Things that expand our hearts and horizons while staying home for those who can't🌟.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I want to share this book with you for free dear friends especially during covid-19. Gentle ideas to guide and remind you how and when you can connect with the natural world at home and further afield. ⁣ ⁣ The book came via a detour from my Japanese Forest Bathing reading and writing.⁣ I realised it was so important to make the concept of connecting with the natural world accessible for those housebound so we can all connect with nature in more ways throughout our day.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Sending you all so much love and calm during this unsettled times❤.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Leave a comment or emoji and I will dm you a link for to download my book for free. Link is in bio too 🙂. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Please share this post and play a part in brightening more people's day by giving them acess to the book too.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I hope your body and mind are kind to you this week. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Claire 💛

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Connecting with the Natural World free eBook

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Hello Possums,

I have been working on this book on an off for quite awhile and covid-19 spurred me to finish it and get it out in the world and to make it free.

Observing nature is so grounding and brings me back to the present dozens of times each day.  Nature doesn’t care that I can’t do all the things I’d like to manage, it still shows me things that bring a smile to my face, or a silly grin, or a sense of awe, or a feeling of being part of something so much bigger than myself and my worries.

I am sure it is the same for so many of you, and dear friends, I am grateful that we are part of this big crazy world that is full of beauty and amazing things that bring some respite from all the parts of life that are really hard and uncomfortable.  Noticing the natural world can be as simple as watching the clouds pass out the window or lying in bed learning to identify different bird songs.

The book is laid out in a way that is really accessible if you have a chronic illness and don’t have much energy to focus or read.  Look at the index and click the page you want to read and it will jump down to the page.  Each chapter page has a link to return to the top as well.  So many of the ideas are things you can do at home, even if you are fairly housebound.

Love

Claire

My YouTube channel with Gentle Yoga videos

Hello Possums

I have a new YouTube channel with 6 yoga videos.

I challenged myself to record a video every Thursday which I have done 5 weeks in a row.  This week I did two – one is a 10 min pep talk about how you can use mindful movement through your day to increase your circulation if you are spending a lot of time resting or working.

I am missing teaching the couple of gentle classes each week so recording these videos is keeping me moving and thinking about yoga.

Some of my students are watching too which is lovely and my brother has been doing some every day which is one of the things I am most excited about.  He lives interstate so has only got to come to one of my classes- In February actually- one of the last weeks I was teaching.

I would love if you had a look, like and subscribe if you enjoy and got in touch with any feedback or ideas for future videos.

Lots of love

Claire

Some cheery things in covid-19 times

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It is Autumn in Australia at the moment so some mild sunny days and others that call for hunkering down by the fire. Accompanied by pups, cups of tea, podcasts, notebooks, piles of books, or stretching on the mat. Short gentle walks and time pottering in the veggie garden. I wanted to share again the book club group I started on Facebook, link in bio if you would like to come and see what I am reading and get some books to add to your list, lots of sharing happening. I share the goodreads links to the titles that get shared. I finished reading my stack of library books and am enjoying reading quite a random selection of books from op-shops and Rotary Club secondhand book sales. I have shared some of the audiobooks i've listened to on the book club page and will get a photo of the random books to share their too. I have now recorded and posted 3 yoga videos on YouTube. I am really touched to get messages from different people who have actually got around to doing one of more of the videos. Some of my students from my yoga classes have been doing them. My brother in another city has done one of more of the videos each day since I posted the first one. He came to my class in February when he was visiting and hadn't done yoga before. The chair yoga one has been appreciated by some of my lovely instagram followers who have chronic illness and messaged saying how it has gone for them. Link in bio to videos. I have been enjoying jigsaw puzzles some weeks too, I had found some in an opshop in February. Finding ways to make gentle steps to counter all the heavy and hard things we are all coping with. Would love to hear how you are going. Say hi or share about something brightening your days 💛💛💛 Lots of love and energy to you all, I hope your body and mind are kind to you today 💛Claire xoxox #AwarmHeartedLife #SomeNotNone #WhereTheTiredGirlsAre #MillionsMissing #ChronicIllnessCommunity #ChronicIllnessLife #ChronicallyIll #SpoonieTips #SpoonieLife #mecfs #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #myalgicencephalomyelitis #GentleProductivity #spoonieyogatips #gentleyoga #ChairYoga #AccessibleYoga #yogaforall #mentalhealth #ChronicallyFabulous #ChronicallyAwesome

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Launch of my Get Creative book

Unlock Time and Energy so you can fit Creative Activities into Your Life (whatever your life looks like….)

Get Creative Book content overview.

We all have limited free time and energy for a myriad of reasons. I hope that this book will help you boost the creative parts of your life whatever challenging circumstances you face. By following ideas in this guide I know you will get a sense of satisfaction, progress, and achievement towards some of your creative goals.

I am really excited to share the ways that make it more possible for me to work on creative activities when it is hard just getting the everyday things done each day. When creative interests are at risk of losing any sense of priority and the materials gathering dust or getting buried under clothes or paperwork. My life is much more enjoyable when I can be creative and I am sure yours will be too.

Just getting started with many creative activities can feel overwhelming or out of reach. You keep thinking about doing them and never get much further. You may feel that if you start working on something you need to be able to get it finished in a timely way or it doesn’t seem worth starting.

This book can help you develop a clear plan of what creative things you want to do and to prepare everything so you will be able to start straight away when moments of time, energy, or capacity appear.

This book guides you through developing strategies to help you successfully make good use of your small windows of energy and capacity for creative activities, hobbies, or other goals. click here to continue reading about what topics are inside the Get Creative book.

 

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Volunteering with a Chronic Illness.

Volunteering has made a positive difference to my life.  It has allowed me to be involved in the community and connect with new people.  Volunteering gives me something new to talk about and helps me feel like I still have skills to offer despite having a chronic illness.

Why should you volunteer when you have a chronic illness?

Volunteering builds experience, new skills and knowledge as well as giving you a sense of achievement.  It can give you an idea of how far your energy goes in a work environment and gets you out of the house interacting with people. Volunteering helps you work out what sort of tasks you can still do with your chronic illness symptoms and energy limitations.  You may discover patterns like that your energy lasts longer doing certain tasks but runs out in minutes on others.

You may find that an organization that provides support for your particular chronic illness can offer you a volunteering opportunity.  There may be an annual fundraising event, blog, newsletter, peer support program, that you could participate with in some capacity.

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