"I found out I had pre-cancer cells in my cervix, then I found yoga"

Meet Sapphire @sapphirevanpelt sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words ❤

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"My doctor was giving me a very painful biopsy explaining that it was aggressive and progressing at a rapid rate. I walked out of the room and as the door clicked shut behind me I broke

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I started sobbing uncontrollably as my husband held me in his arms and comforted me. I’m crying as I write this. I had people, who I would confide in, tell me it wasn’t that big of a deal

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It was a big deal. It was a big deal to me

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I felt violated from my biopsy. I was afraid of being sick, of dying before ever doing anything I wanted to do. I felt very mortal and very aware of the stamp I had not left on this world. Very aware of the difference I had not made

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Two weeks later I started a class where I did yoga every day for 40 days and that helped me create the habit and discipline to continue. This class consisted of Asana and meditation. And it brought out so much anger. I didn’t even know why I was so god damn mad half the time. And I would be angry one moment and completely utterly shattered, crying on the floor, just as I did in that hospital

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Over time, my habits that were not contributing to my health and well-being disappeared. I barely even missed them. Over time, I healed. Emotionally, mentally and physically

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The one constant in my life was coming to my mat every single day. Finding out from the doctors that I healed in half the expected time was not the end of my journey. It was another opportunity for me to do fucking better. Better by my body, better by my mind. Better by each of you

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So today I celebrate yoga. The practice, the incredible ability it has to heal, the teachers, the students and the community. I love each of you and am honored to be a part of the beautiful movement that is yoga" ❤🙏