Yoga with Fibromyalgia: Carol Royal's Story

How one grandmother became a true believer in yoga for pain management

Carol Royal practices seated meditation.

What's been your biggest challenge with yoga?

There's a public and a private biggest challenge. Publicly, I find that the biggest challenge to going out and doing yoga is my size because I am overweight. And privately, my biggest challenge is the fibro itself. My muscles will probably never be able to stretch out like most people's, but that doesn't mean that I don't get all the wonderful benefits of yoga.

Any advice for yoga beginners?

This is pretty general advice, but it's the best advice I know: Take it slow and easy, and stay focused on your own body and your own breath. If you do that, you're going to have an amazing experience with yoga. The second that you look across the room and start comparing yourself to other people, you're going to find that the benefits go way down. You start to tense up and have negative self-talk. It's not a good situation. Take it slow and easy.