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

"In January 2017, I suffered a stroke that left me paralyzed on the left side of my body and affected my speech


Before the stroke I had been a fitness instructor & marathon runner for 30+ years, a yoga instructor for 10 years, & had recently taken up long-distance cycling to balance high impact cardio with a desire to be gentler to my joints

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Following the stroke, I worried that people would see what happened to me as proof that a healthy diet & exercise wouldn't prevent a stroke, & disregard all the things I had been passionate about teaching and sharing throughout my professional career.  Over the next 12 months I focused on recovery, choosing to demonstrate that the strength of my healthy choices, discipline, and active lifestyle PRIOR to the stroke were the key to reclaiming my health & the ability to walk again

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In that journey I was blessed to work with a physical therapist who is also a yoga therapist, @paigealayne.  Paige used yoga to remind my brain, my nerves, & my muscles how to communicate.  On the first day of therapy she had me do an assisted plank.  On the second day of therapy, I did a very wobbly vinyasa. Many months & many wobbly poses later, I can walk, ride a bicycle and speak clearly.  Most people never notice that my left side lags a little bit behind my right

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While the stroke forced me to adapt to a “new normal”, yoga empowered me to work within my limits & to accept that my limits change daily. Today I live in gratitude.  I was alone at the time of my stroke & without intervention my life might have ended.  Instead, I got the chance to heal, recover, & re-commit my life to sharing my passion for nutrition, healthy living, and an active-lifestyle, plus the opportunity to share my story and love of life with others

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I may never know what caused my stroke, but I am 100% certain that my survival is rooted in the habits I developed & practiced before it happened.  Every day my life is a lesson, and I am a survivor 🙏 Donna"