"I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder & rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 23"

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

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"It all happened so quickly for me. One day I was playing competitive soccer, training for a half marathon, and enjoying the strength of my body. Then it all quickly deteriorated and it was all I could do to get out of bed and make it to work

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I lost friends, I alienated myself, and I cried myself to sleep. At 23, Arthritis, Hashimoto's disease....I was too young, too active for this and it devastated me. I saw all my physical and professional goals melting in front of me. I’ve never felt so out of control in my life. How would I ever be able to run a half marathon now? Or even work a 12 hour shift on my feet? .


That’s when I found yoga. I will never forget my first class. I found a local studio and I signed up for 6 months of classes. The first class was hard. I got in my car and cried all the way home from the pain. I could barely touch my toes and I could barely hold myself up in down dog

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But guess what? I kept going. Not just for the physical healing but the mental as well. I dealt with my demons. My illness

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I realized I am more than this illness and I can heal and become the person I’ve always wanted to be. For that, I thank yoga. Yoga is what made me realize my self worth, my strength, and who I’m supposed to be. I found myself 🙏 Bri"