"I suffer with a degenerative disease and I will say #yogasavedmylife, several times"

Meet @littlelifeoflizzie these are her words❤

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"I've been on & off a yoga mat since I was 7 years old. I learned animal poses then, along with belly breathing that helped me escape a life of daily violence & abuse. As a teenager with a body that cannot regulate insulin & severe anorexia, I incorporated asana into gymnastics. I pushed too hard & used it as an escape but in looking back, I could & can still feel a sense of confidence despite the turmoil

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I drifted away until a time where raising children, young marriage woes, a full time job & anorexia had grasped me again. I was working out & dancing my way into damage. A knee that had started to fail at 29 sent me via a physical therapist to a gym yoga class. Here, I found a sense of peace in a dark room if only for an hour. I learned flow for the first time. A deep connection to breath with each pose. A time to let the external world fade away

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On & off I have come to yoga & each time learned so much more. Its no longer an option to quit yoga. My body, nervous system & need to love & be loved keep me showing up, learning, teaching. It's not just movement. No perfect pose but service that makes my soul sing. Breathing my way to peace & happiness

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Lately there's been a rapid change in my hands. The color of my skin is a not so pleasant greenish blue & swelling causes my fingers to curl & fall asleep. There is a constant ache across all my joints. Opening a pill bottle or jar is challenging. I spend time pressing open my fingers on my thighs to communicate to my brain, that for this moment in time they can open. I understand this will change. There'll come a day when they won't unfurl & I'll learn a new way to move

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Intuition & accepting change can only deepen my practice & what I hope to bring to others. Wherever, however you show up, know that in this time & in this place, your practice, your compassion, your ability to release things no longer serving you is service to the world. It does save lives. In ways we never expect. How grateful I am to all those who teach me ❤🙏