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  • Alyssa Abrahamson

Overcoming Fear of Movement

The first time I took a yoga class was in 2001. I hated it.

I felt out of place, I couldn’t keep up, and the instructor was trying to make it a spiritual experience, but it felt forced.

Consequently, I never went to another yoga class…until 13 years later.

2014 was the year I chose to prioritize myself and my health. I was in debilitating chronic pain from the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and I could no longer ignore my body screaming at me to make changes.

After months of rest and reflection during which I worked on my mindset and emotional health, I began to pay attention to the feeling that my body needed to move.

There was a yoga studio about a minute’s walk from my apartment; I’d walked by it for years. It began calling my name. But I was afraid. I was afraid because I was in pain and self-conscious and fearful I couldn’t do the poses and would be embarrassed.

But my instincts persisted and finally, I listened. Overcoming my apprehension I attended a “Gentle Yoga” class taught by Laura Staton.

After that first class, I went home and cried in gratitude because I felt so much better and I cried because I had finally listened to my instincts.

Fast forward to today. I have created a daily home yoga practice. My body responds well to my healing morning routine so I do my best to make it a priority!

My teacher, Laura, is one of the most healing, knowledgeable, and skillful instructors of any kind that I have ever experienced. I was honored to interview her for my podcast, Positively Anti-Inflammatory, and I hope you’ll join us.

Tune into episode 55 “Communicating With Your Body Through Yoga: A Conversation With Laura Staton” where I introduce you to Occupational Therapist and Yoga Therapist, Laura Staton who is passionate about using yoga and occupational therapy to help people fully participate in living their best lives. Laura explains how yoga can be a vehicle to guiding you to understand and connect with your body, while providing safe and healing access to your emotional state. Laura and I discuss how yoga is accessible to all bodies, and why practicing yoga, in any form, is a part of living a positively anti-inflammatory life.

Have you found a form of movement that is healing for your body?

Love, Your Wellness Coach,


January 12, 2022



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