I’m new to the board and this is my first post here.
Six years ago I got into doing yoga. I did a few classes, and then, not being aware of the risks, I promptly bought a book, and began practicing yoga and advanced pranayama at home on my own.
Unfortunately my body was not ready for it. To put a long story short I suddenly became very ill. Initially I came out in a rash, then joint pains developed and I developed full blown autoimmune disease (joints, bowels, kidneys and liver all affected). After two years I had lost 14kg, I was jaundiced and my body was wrecked. Medical doctors never figured out what was going on, but I improved myself 80% by changing diet and lifestyle.
Now that I have largely conquered the inflammation, I am left with the structural damage to deal with. Being aware of my breathing and body through yoga I realise that my left diaphragm is (I suppose) semi-paralysed and very weak - especially on exhalation. I have not yawned or taken a “full breath” since the day I got ill and my left diaphragm clicks very loudly when I exhale - like it’s clickking over my bottom rib. All the abdominal muscles in my left abdominal area are very weak and knotted, my left psoas is in spasm, and I have a left hip and knee problem just to top it all off.
Having given up long ago on the medical profession, my assumption is that I have a functional diaphragm problem which is twisting my body up like a corkscrew. I have tried multiple therapies to get my body back in shape, but none have worked.
I have read stories of pranayama being a double edged sword, and I am living testimony to that. My thoughts now are that since it is pranayama (albeit done not as yoga intended) that made me ill, I need to conquer my breath and diaphragm to return to full health. However, being aware of the risks of pranayama done wrong, I am nervous of going ahead.
I feel that I need guidance, but unfortunately here in the UK it seems that most yoga classes are exercise/stretchy yoga with a bit of deep breathing to relax at the end. I feel that I need an experienced yogi to help me through this. Someone that I can trust and someone that will help me find my breath, and through this restore my health.
Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start?
I live in Surrey, UK (near London).
Thanks in advance guys !