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Meet Maria @mandirayogadreams sharing her yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words ๐Ÿ’š

"I've suffered with rheumatism, Ankylosing Spondylitis, which affected my shoulders and my back very badly for about 10 years"

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"Two years ago I was affected by another rheumatic disease, CRPS, stiffening my hand.

I had cortisone, painkillers, pills to sleep & antidepressants. I wasn't functioning as society or I was expecting. I couldnยดt clean my apartment, go to the supermarket, hold a spoon. I lost the ability to move freely, I lost my job, my relationship, friends. Terrified I'd never recover

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I started to practice yoga on a daily basis. Small steps at first: pranayama & modified Asanas. Very quickly I could feel an improvement

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I decided to travel to India to do yoga teacher training, I'd wanted to for a long time but put it off. But now, I'd lost everything & I couldn't go on like this, so I finally listened to my heart & left. During YTT my strength returned & I experienced a happiness I though was gone forever

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Five weeks of ayurvedic panchakarma treatment in India & continuous yoga practice means I've even stopped my medication

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I want to share this incredible gift of healing yoga gives me. So I did more teacher training in Yoga Therapy, for Meditation & for Nada Yoga. Two years ago I was not even able to hold a spoon, now I play harmonium, do handstands & share Yoga ๐Ÿ™

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I am very grateful for absolutely everything that happened. The journey was very painful & I still face challenging situations but now I have the tools yoga gave to me to react differently. Sorrow is inevitable but suffering is a choice

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Forgot a very long time I tried to hide the situation I was in. But we are all facing challenges, trying to find our way, we stand shoulder to shoulder. So I decided to share my story, in the hope it helps somebody in some way ๐Ÿ™โค Love & light, Maria