Meet Geoff Lindsay
Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today.
Please tell us about yourself and your journey to discover YFA?
I specialise in Yoga for Axial Spondyloarthritis, AS, a form of inflammatory arthritis affecting 1 in 200 people. Our Facebook group has 2300 members globally and over 500 on Instagram. I had first symptoms of AS in 1973, started yoga seriously in 1990 and found it was good for my back pain. Not diagnosed with AS till 2009. Since then have been modifying yoga practice for AS. Found YFA a few years ago and bought the DVD which sounds really old fashioned now! Lol at the progress we’ve made as experts by experience. Yoga relieves AS pain and may amend the worsening as we get older. Yoga for AS is my big project for my 70s after over 30 years practicing. YFA has been a rock for me when the nay sayers we’re having a go.
How did you find YFA? How has YFA helped you?
I read a lot about AS and found the early YFA website. Bought the DVD and it has soared from there. Steffany Moonaz has helped Yoga for AS with our research, and shown how yoga can be modified for those with the most severe AS.
How has yoga impacted your life?
People with AS often don’t believe I have AS because I should not look normal. By rights I should have a hunchback after nearly 50 years of having AS. Yoga for AS has brought me into contact, friendship, working partnership with people I would never have met were it not for yoga.
Is there anything else you'd like to mention?
Believe in being an expert by experience. Believe in the triangle of care: professionals, people with AS, and their family carers.
Let us know when and where we can find your classes?
One Zoom AS class taught per week to a global group of AS yogis. Plus development of online sustainable business, Yoga for AS. Your Jamie Boder is also my business partner in Yoga for AS.
To join a Yoga for AS class visit: https://www.yogaforas.com
Where can people connect with you?
website | facebook | Instagram