Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Enjoying Disequilibrium

Just went to a pretty challenging yoga class. Ellie, my amazing instructor (check out www.yokid.org), told the class we’d be working on equilibrium.

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What she really meant was, we’d be watching what our minds do when we are in a state of disequilibrium. Most of the poses we did were balancing postures. Picture this, then try it (if you’re not currently using mind altering substances). Get in down dog position, then reach your left hand back toward the outside of your left calf or ankle. The idea is to pull all of your energy toward the midline and try to ignore the chattering of the mind: I’m gonna fall! I can’t do this…this teacher is ridiculous….etc. Repeat on your right.

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I always draw parallels between my yoga classes and real life, and often between yoga classes and my clients’ struggles.

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‘Enjoying the Disequilibrium’ certainly can apply to our patients going through Accelerated Opiate and Accelerated Benzo Detoxes.

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Beginning a detox can surely make one feel off balance. Between the opiates or benzos being released from the body and the sedating medications we use to ease people through, many people feel a bit floaty. It’s not unusual for a patient to ask a question on one day, then ask the same question the next day, and again the following day (you know who you are). Don’t get paranoid; we’re always laughing with you, not at you.

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The Coleman Institute is a great place to enjoy disequilibrium; we, along with your support person, are devoted to calmly getting you through. We are completely grounded in our confidence and ability to help you.

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And just like my yoga class, we work hard, but we have a lot of fun.

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Joan Shepherd, FNP

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