"I have never known what it is like to move with an able body"

"I have never known what it is like to move with an able body"

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Meet @healinggroundmovement sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words 💚

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"At 7 months old, I contracted bacterial meningitis. The wide-spread inflammation that attacked my body left lasting damage in the areas of my brain meant to control movement & coordination. I couldn’t walk in a straight line or stand on one leg without toppling over

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Most frustrating of all, is that I had an elusive symptom, commonly described as ‘brain fatigue.’ How well I moved depended on how rested my brain felt. So in one moment I could be shooting free throws with ease; in the next it felt like the bottom fell out & I couldn’t control where I wanted the ball to go

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My heart & soul ached to move, but I shied away from a body that felt undependable

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When I was 10 years old I took my first yoga class. I can still remember how I clung to a wall for balance in a low lunge. But more than that, I remember the constant, gentle suggestion from the teacher to keep my eyes on my own mat. She urged us to listen to our bodies & know that we are not meant to compete with our neighbors. Instead, be curious about who we are each time we come to the mat. I felt I’d finally found a place where I could stay open to the possibility of pushing my own limits in a way that felt safe to me

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Yoga became & has been the corner-stone of my health & wellness for nearly 25 years. It allowed me to be curious about my body, to strengthen & heal. My physical practice has helped me to connect with my center & apply countless hours of rehab into a sustaining, physical experience

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My health remains an ever moving target, but as a doctor, I now appreciate that this is true for everyone

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Each time I step on the mat, I am grateful for where it has brought me. While I no longer use props for balance; inversion poses like bakasana/crow remain out of reach. I remind my patients - more often, myself - that we can only mark success against our own experiences

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I am grateful for the patience and persistence my yoga practice has given me 🙏


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