christa fairbrother doing yoga in the pool with rheumatoid arthritisYesterday was Rheumatic Disease Awareness Day, #rheumday, sponsored by The Rheumatic Patient Association.

Even though I’m very public with my health status, because my diseases are invisible, many people are not aware of my struggles.  Rheumatoid arthritis is something I’ve been living with since I was a teen even though my ‘official’ diagnosis was relatively recent.  After the birth of my second son, my health really crashed and I started seeing a lot of doctors.  All I really knew for certain was I used to shoe horses, move tons of hay, exercise regularly, and I’d hit a brick wall.  Anything more than a mellow walk sent me into disabling migraines.  I’d been a member of my local Y for several years but I was reduced to a gentle walk on the treadmill.  When I got my lupus diagnosis, I thought that was it.  I was never going to get off that treadmill, and life as I knew it, was over for me.

Fast forward 5 years later and my health is in a much better place through medication, lifestyle changes, and effort.  I now work at the Y that supported me through that dark time.  I’m really proud to work at the Y that helped me get my health back.  Teaching deep water aerobics yesterday, I played this song called Chico Gospel by MaMuse.  It’s a personal song for me since I first heard it when I was getting back on my feet.

There was a time I believed
Life was over for me
There was time I believed
My life was over
I feel strong today
Thanks to your help
I’ll find my way and
I too will lend you a hand
When you need one…

I am proud to work at the Y.  Because of them I am walking on this earth stronger than ever!

Find a Y near you.  They’ve got a dedicated team, many of whom have their own stories of recovery.  

Life is not over for you either!

Support an Indie band by buying music off their website from CD baby.  Listen to this song, Chico Gospel, off the album All the Way on MaMuse’s website.

Read more with 8 Tips for Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis with Yoga

If you want help managing your RA with aqua yoga, join my Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Course

I’ve taught 100’s of people in live classes and helped them achieve results that improved their daily lives like:

🧘 getting on and off the floor again

🤻 being able to use the stairs

🚶 ditching the assistive devices

👟 throwing out the sensible shoes

🧎 rehabbing after joint replacements,

🛌 and getting a decent night’s sleep.

And finally, I get to do that for you long-distance too. The Aqua Yoga for Arthritis course is the culmination of hundreds of hours of training geared towards exercise and pain management for arthritis. As well as my lived experience of managing multiple kinds of arthritis through yoga.

Yoga improves arthritis through more than movement and the course gives you a suite of resources to apply the full 8 limbs of yoga. From a professionally produced practice class for the days you feel good and want to build strength and flexibility, to a downloadable workbook for the days when a physical practice isn’t possible.

The resources are grounded in best practice from the science, in line with yoga philosophy, and approved by regular people bettering their lives with these techniques.

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  • I love your story. I am a lupus patient with unspecified rheumatoid arthritis. I take water aerobics classes daily and recently learned about water Yoga.I have been taking body sculpting courses to rebuild the bone i have lost due to long term steroidal treatment.
    I am interested in taking a course to become certified. I can’t see where there is a price for the course. is there a prerequisite to taking your courses? Please advise me on how i can take this online course, I am a retired healthcare professional.
    I admire your strength and positive attitude.

    • Mary – Thanks for your kind words and your interest in aqua yoga. It sounds like aqua yoga would be a great modality for you as well. I’ve sent you an email to answer your questions regarding certification.

  • I never knew all of this about you! My mother had RA and was diagnosed when I was two years old … she was pretty much bedridden from that point forward at the age of 26. She died at the age of 70 from complications from the RA. She lived in pain for over 40 years and medical science was no where near what it is today; I admire your strength and thank you for sharing your story. I would never have known that you suffered with RA – you are amazing and love having you as a co-worker!

    • Michelle – I’m sorry your mom had so much trouble with it. Thanks so much for your kind words. I do what I can, and am glad I’m able to help people in their struggles with it.

  • I love Christa’s aqua yoga. It is the best class I have taken at any Y. I have joint issues so I restrict my exercises mostly to water. I can now go medication free and no longer go down stairs backwards. If you are fortunate enough to be able to take one of Christa’s classes at the Y do so. It will be the greatest gift you will ever give yourself. Thank you Christa.👍🏼❤️🙏

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