Meet @paulinemoldoun sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us 💚

"In 2015, I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, destined for life in a wheelchair"

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"I always considered myself an average person, & old me would never describe myself as a performer. I was a pro dancer, but I felt limited. I was in a place watching other people progress around me, feeling confused about why I wasn't able to do the same

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I tried everything. I tried pushing harder, learnt how to manage the pain I was experiencing, but deep down, I knew I couldn't carry on. I was consistently injuring myself; my body always felt weak.

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Then in 2015, I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder with collateral syndromes like dysautonomia.

With this diagnosis came heavy medication and mobility aids like a wheelchair. Despite this being the apparent 'solution' I felt more limited than ever. I could barely move anymore.

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I began to study everything I could get my hands on about my diagnosis. I started to uncover more about how the way we live & move directly affects our connective tissue, & that we are actually able to condition our connective tissue by becoming more intentional with our lifestyle & movement.

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I had to put it to the test. At the age of 29, I began practising Yoga for the first time, alone on my mat. I searched for videos & teachers on the Internet that would help me progress. I was only able to practise for a few minutes at a time, restricted to floor poses, & it was incredibly painful. I often found myself frustrated, but still determined to not settle for a life limited by a diagnosis. Day by day, I carried on, I got stronger and more mobile.

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Today I am here fully mobile, free from mobility aids & medication. Not only able to practise Yoga myself, but also a certified yoga teacher, breath facilitator & mental health practitioner. If I tell you my story, it's because if I, a girl destined for a life in a wheelchair, can reclaim & rebuild her strength & mobility back past her 30s, I fully believe that with the right knowledge you can break through barriers too 🙏

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