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Curved Balls!

Sometimes life throws you curved balls.

Why did I decide to look for a yoga studio? Way back in February when the Severn was flooded, something told me to look for somewhere better to hold my yoga classes. I was sick of smelly church hall carpets, spiders, glitter on the floor, the burlesque class in the next room…. As it happened I found my yoga studio. And it’s perfect. I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it. My aim was to create a haven of peace, two storeys above Church Street in Great Malvern.

I never imagined that 2 years after qualifying as a yoga teacher, I would be opening my own space in Great Malvern. My heart is totally centred in this town. I never thought I would put down roots in any place other than my home town, but we’ve been here for 17 years now, and I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be. I feel like I belong. Like part of the furniture. This is my home, I love the place, and nothing makes me happier than to be able to create my yoga studio in the very heart of it.

Lots of hard work later, me, Chris, my Mum & Dad, Sharon & Spence, lovely Sue and the gorgeous Miranda, (but mainly me & Chris) have created an amazing space for yoga and all things mindful. Everyone who has been so far has declared it to be peaceful and beautiful. What more could I ask for after all this hard work? I ruined my Converse when I was cleaning the front steps…. All in the name of my love for yoga, for this space, and you guys.

Sometimes life throws you other curved balls.

My HS (hidrandenitis suppurativa) does not like change. Neither does this sciatica that I seem to have developed. Whenever my right piriformis is compressed for any length of time, it starts to complain, butt goes numb, eventually whole leg, even foot goes numb…. And the HS just protests every time something changes in my life, new job, new yoga studio… god forbid I take a holiday or anything, then it’s even worse! The pain is the pain, is the pain. It’s so constant that I barely even notice it any more. Obviously sometimes it’s horrendous and you can’t continue to live a normal life, but while ever it’s just the day to day leakages and general hot spots, you can continue being a normal person. Just about. Don’t wear white trousers though when you have HS. It’s just not worth the constant paranoia!

Sometimes life throws you other curved balls.

It’s my birthday on Thursday. 37….. ahem!!!! It’s a whole year since I did 36 sun salutations on top of the Worcestershire Beacon to raise money for the HS Trust. This year I’m hosting a donation-based yoga class in my new studio. Thursday 14th August – 6pm. Let me know if you are coming. Expect sweaty flow, based on gratitude, expect some curved balls and postures you’ve never done before… but most of all expect cake!

Yogis & yoginis, I am eternally grateful for the love and support you are showing me in this new venture. I am humbled. Going forwards, it’s just so exciting as I add new classes and new teachers, new styles of yoga, mindfulness, meditation…. Great Malvern Yoga is underway. And I’ll be importing this blog to the new website. Keep y’all posted!

Namaste. Kxxx

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa – Silent Suffering

I have previously blogged about the skin condition Hidradenitis Suppurativa and the fundraising I will be doing on my birthday this year.  You can read the post and find a link to my charity page here.

For the past week I have been in agony.  Screaming, blinding, constant agony.  I’ve not had an attack like this for many years and although I pretty much suffer from this condition all the time, this one has completely knocked me off my feet.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin disorder for which there is no cure.  It occurs when pus-filled abscesses form on the skin, close to the apocrine sweat glands.  These sweat glands are found in the armpits, buttocks, groin and under the breasts.  It is also possible to get them on the face.  It affects both sexes, developing anywhere between puberty and the early 40s.  The abscesses are sometimes small and go away easily by themselves.  Sometimes they continue to grow for days and days until they burst, spitting out a foul-smelling pus.  Sometimes they don’t burst at all and you have to go to hospital for surgery.  For more information about it, you can visit the NHS website here.

During a big attack life becomes very difficult.  A constant round of shovelling antibiotics and painkillers down your throat, followed by hours of debilitating pain until it’s time for yet more tablets.  This time I was lucky and it burst by itself meaning I didn’t have to go to hospital, but I still have to change the dressing and keep it clean.  Hopefully I’m over the worst of it now and will be able to function like a normal human being again soon!

So why am I speaking out about this?  Well, because HS is known to affect around 1% of the population in the UK.  It is suspected that many more people suffer from this condition but are too embarrassed to go to their doctor.  Even when you do go to the doctor, this condition can be misdiagnosed as something else and the treatments for it are not set in stone.  Basically, even the medical profession are somewhat mystified by it.

I want to raise awareness of the silent suffering and put an end to the embarrassment of having to tell your family, your employer, your friends, a new lover that you have this terrible condition.  It’s not your fault that you have it.  It’s not because you are unclean.  It’s nothing you did.  No one really knows what causes it.

Assuming I am well in August, I will be doing 36 Sun Salutations for the HS Trust.  Here’s another link to my charity page.  Even if you don’t want to donate, please read the text.  The more people who know about this skin disorder, the better.  Obviously I’d love it if you did donate, or you could always join me on top of the Worcestershire Beacon on Wednesday 14th August 2013.

Thanks for reading and thanks for donating.