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Integrative Health & Wellness Newsletter

Motivation for life, and mission to heal, restore and empower the human spirit - one yoga mat at a time.
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It's about time!

Our first official Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS - Just 5 Minutes Integrative Health & Wellness Newsletter!

Welcome and thank you to those who subscribed to the Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS email list & Just 5 Minutes newsletter! You may also receive this email if you signed up to stay updated on Wellapalooza, Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS, Our Stories of Strength, or Moving Naturally with Hypermobility - all are associated with EDS Wellness as well. If you would like to opt-out our emails, including our newsletters, you are welcome to do so (see the bottom of the email). 

Sending weekly newsletter has been at the top of my priority list for quite some time; however, several relatively large decisions have gotten in the way - all good things! And while this is my first official newsletter (and it will not be the last), it comes at a time of incredible crossroads for me personally and professionally. 

First, Strength/Flexibility/Health/ (SFHEDS for short) is getting a facelift in a major way. While working on the Wellapalooza and EDS Wellness sites, it became apparent that the SFHEDS site needed attention also. We found links that are not working correctly, the website as a whole has been slow to load with several errors, and there's far too much helpful content to let these issues continue. 

So, here are the changes that will take place over the next few weeks: 

- is moving to a new server based on content support needs and the growing traffic to the site

- will get a significant facelift that designed or a larger online magazine, versus a magazine-style blog. 

- will become an official online magazine for those living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and other chronic medical conditions. 

- will continue to feature blog posts from other EDS, MCAS & Chronic Illness related blogs. What this means is that other relevant blogs feed into the site. When they add a blog post, it's also updated and added to their section on If interested in having yours featured, please email

- As of now, I will remain a volunteer with and help answer emails to the HelpLine.

All of this is a big, but exciting undertaking; bringing together several years of work devoted to the Ehlers-Danlos community. Plans could change at any time and move in an entirely different direction. Until then, I will continue to go forward in the direction that I feel is best. Updates to the site will take some time based on the amount of content involved.

Additionally, there are a few other projects that I've been working on, and I will be able to make announcements fairly soon. I will send out another newsletter/email soon, providing details on several exciting projects related to Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS & the EDS community that I'm grateful to have had the chance to work on. 

Finally, the bottom of the newsletter includes links to recent blog posts, information on current projects, upcoming meetings, and conferences. I've also included some more personal updates about my life living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and its related conditions. 

***Please note, there's a link to the post where I announced winners of the Rarity and Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) contest, as well as the Wellapalooza 2015 contest. I have not heard from any of the winners of the Rarity & VEDS contest and cannot send books until I have addresses. Please click on the post, read the contest announcement, and send an email to with your name and address, so that I can have your book sent to you. Additionally, if you won a Wellapalooza contest or were a part of the Our Stories of Strength contest back in June, please send me an email as well. I cannot send prizes to those I do not have address for.***

Thank you for your support and feedback! Please let me know if you have any questions. 


- Kendra, owner EDS Solutions, LLC & writer for Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS



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A few personal updates - My more personal blog posts will be moved to (see image below), to help support my yoga instructor training requirement of keeping a journal. My journal will be an online journal since I'm already accustomed to a digital journal format. It's not ready just yet, but if you click on the hypermobile yogi image below, you will be taken to the Facebook hypermobile yogi community page. There's also a group for hypermobile yogis - if anyone wants to join.

I'm also officially a part of the new chronic illness blogger community. I'm not sure what being a part of this community means yet, but it's exciting nonetheless.

Last, I included a link to my recent post about diagnosing mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and my subsequent decision to go away for a week to a yoga retreat. Based on my appointment with Dr. Afrin and how I've physically been feeling, it's more than clear that I need to call my system down. My husband and I made a joint decision that me going away was the best thing to do right now and is what my body needs, especially before I try any new medications. 


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