If you think you have CFS, the main criteria for a medical diagnosis are:
- A fatigued feeling for over six months. The fatigue often worsens with activity and doesn’t improve with rest.
- Pain in the bone, joints, or muscles
- Whole body listlessness, feelings of exhaustion, the inability to exercise
- Feelings of faintness, overwhelming tiredness, dizziness, exhaustion, lightheadedness, or the inability to get up and get moving
- Sleep issues, such as excessive sleepiness, not being able to sleep (insomnia), sleep disturbances such as waking in the middle of the night or not being able to stay asleep for long
- Mental impairment such as forgetfulness, a lack of concentration, brain fog
- Mood disorders such as nervousness, anxiety or worry without any known cause.
Other common symptoms that might indicate you have CFS are:
- Frequent headache
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to pain
- Persistent sore throat
The good news is even people with CFS can find the energy to do yoga, and exercises like yoga can boost energy levels. As we have discussed, yoga is perfect for aches and pains from arthritis. As will discuss later, yoga can also help with sleep issues.
Big Toe Pose – Fold over as with Standing Forward Bend, but curl your fingers to hold the big toes, or and lay them flat under the toes of your feet.
Move to Bound Angle and then to Child pose.
From Child, go to Cobra. Raise off your heels and move forward with your hands until you are face down on the mat.
Cobra Pose – lay on your stomach and gently ease your upper body backwards using your hands. Do not lock the elbows. Look straight ahead and picture yourself as an angry snake hissing.
Corpse Pose – lay flat on your back, palms facing upwards.
Dolphin – This is similar to Downward dog, but you are bringing your forearms down to the floor to lean on them.
Lie on your back. Ben your knees to bring them close to the chest. Grip your big toes on each side with each index finger. Spread your legs wider to stretch arms and legs. You can roll back and forth on your back if you wish, like a happy baby.
From Cobra pose, relax your arms at your sides for a moment so you are face down on the mat. Then lift the body up by tightening and stretching it so the legs and shoulders are off the floor, arms parallel with the body and stretching from the shoulders, fingers pointing down towards the feet. Hold as long as you can, then relax. Try a couple of more times and relax.