Season 1, Episode 3
In Episode 3 of the Fibro Warriors Podcast, Margaret Schroeder interviews yoga therapist Janet Hennard about how she overcame fibromyalgia through the practice of yoga. Her fast-paced corporate career in which she leveraged her formal education in math and psychology provided her with a unique ability to study the effects of yoga and meditation on fibromyalgia. Her article, “Protocol and Pilot Study for Managing Fibromyalgia with Yoga and Meditation” was published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy in 2011. Now retired, Janet is the founder of Bright Path Yoga. She teaches several yoga classes per week in Richardson, Texas and offers private yoga therapy in her home studio in Garland, just north of Dallas.
In her classes, Janet teaches the yogic philosophy of the yamas and niyamas, which are like guidelines for living. The first yama, called ahimsa, means “do no harm” but some yoga practitioners believe it to mean, “eat no meat.” Janet explains that ahimsa is much more than that. She talks about how we can have more compassion towards others and also to ourselves, and how the Buddhist proverb, “pain is inevitable; suffering is optional,” can be applied to our daily lives. She says that the Bible is filled with psychology, teaching us how we can become self-actualized. Her prayer and meditation practiced is filled with gratitude, not for the pain she has endured with fibromyalgia, but for the good it has brought into her world.
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