Axial Spondyloarthritis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects 1 in 200 globally. AS is; Painful, Incurable, Progressive, Invisible and Systemic.
Can we have some good news please?!
Yoga for AS can relieve pain, stiffness and fatigue.
Yoga for AS was founded by Geoff and Jamie, two yoga teachers who have AS.
We know what this condition is like, but we also know that yoga can be a transformative tool for recovering a better quality of life. That is why we founded Yoga for AS.
Start your Yoga for AS journey now!
About Yoga for AS...
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We developed Yoga for AS through years of experience of what works for this condition.
We recognise everyone has their own experience of AS. Our classes and tutorials reflect that individuality.
Meet the teachers...
“I see yoga as like an adjustable spanner. I aim to show you how you can harness this tool and modify it to fulfil your needs”.
– Jamie Boder
“Yoga for AS must be safe. No injury, no flares, relieve pain. We stick at what we enjoy, and we with AS must stick at safe regular stretching, so I try to make my yoga for AS classes enjoyable”.
– Geoff Lindsay
“We are all individuals so there is no one universal yoga solution, but I hope to be able to guide you in finding the practices and approaches which work for you”.
– Caroline Stevens
How you can get involved...
Caroline is not teaching regular classes at the moment due to her heavy commitments training as a physiotherapist. But, she is delivering some exciting workshops very soon!
Working with Jamie was a great decision, he is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. His calm demeanour made me feel at ease and it was comforting to speak to someone who understands what it’s like to live with AS. Jamie was patient in listening to the issues I have with movement and made a program which was adapted to my restrictions, whilst still improving mobility. After being consistent with the program for a few months my overall movement has improved dramatically. I’m excited to continue making progress in mobility with my daily practice. Thank you Jamie for your help, the results of sticking with the program have improved my life quality and I’m grateful for the work you do. Fully recommend to anyone struggling with AS!
I receive advice to exercise on a regular basis from my care team. But there is little about physical activity that does not result in pain for me and most of us with AS. Through lessons I've attended with Jamie and Geoff, I am learning that it is possible to move in ways that do not result in pain. Lessons are carefully adapted for each person present in class, keenly targeting problem areas. My tolerance for movement is slowly improving. I have finally found an activity that offers some relief to my AS.
I was diagnosed with sacrolytis 5 years ago, having 2 rounds of cortisone injections and taking numerous anti-inflammatory to try keep the stiffness & pain at bay. Nothing has worked in the way Jamie's 1-2-1 tailored videos have. Our journey started with an in-depth consultation, which was just an amazing chat as he understood everything I was going through. We then worked through some tailored Yoga sessions over Zoom aimed to relieve my specific symptoms. He had a real emphasis on form/ posture (I had done many yoga classes before and had never experienced this level of detail and clear outlines of the correct posture). Jamie sent me recordings of these sessions and now all I do is hit play every morning and I have my own personalised yoga sequence. A combination of doing these tailored videos and sequences he has on his youtube channel has had a profound effect on me and I feel as free and mobile as I've been in a long time. Thank you Jamie!"
I came to Jamie in August 2020 when I had been really struggling. He was attentive, listened to what I wanted to get out of the practice and developed a plan for full body yoga which didn't aggravate the pain I was then experiencing. Since then, I have been practising regularly, sometimes for short periods and some longer sessions. Together, we have designed a programme that I know I can trust will help on the really bad days, and ultimately gives me hope that I can improve. He also helped me open my mind to other lifestyle factors, particularly breathing when stretching, which are starting to help with my pain and stress levels. With Jamie's help, I really do see a future where I can do the things I used to and enjoy life again."