"My arm was amputated below the elbow in 2013 just after I was diagnosed with Lupus" .




Meet Melanie Waldman @whereswaldman sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words 📷

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"Though unrelated to my diagnosis, my amputation was due to a rare allergic reaction to heparin--used in hospitals to treat blood clots

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One of the few things I can remember at that time was how fortunate I felt, due to the love & energy surrounding me. This truly was what motivated me to fight on

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YOGA: I began my yoga practice about 5- 6 years before the amputation. My physical practice was put on hold because of all this, but eventually found my way back, 3 years later. My local studio welcomed me in & personally helped me to create my own adaptive yoga practice

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Nine months later,  I completed a YTT 200 hr & I am now teaching weekly, still at that same studio. I will be forever grateful to @growyoga & @taravanness that they took that time with me & gave me the space I needed to find my way back into my “new skin”

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Once I worked my way into a consistent practice, it later helped me through my emotional recovery. Yoga reminds me to let go, be my authentic self, & has allowed me to focus on my power-- both on & off of my mat

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Despite my struggles with chronic nerve pain, I was able to find my “edge” through my flow. Because of yoga, I was able to finally realize that my possibilities are  endless

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As hard is it sometimes can be to bring up the past, it makes sharing my story all the more worth it because I can now look back to see that the path I've come along, since then has been one of true strength & resilience

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I know that every day is a gift and I can now see that my power exists because I CHOOSE to take life for what it is. My life, your life, is a gift

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Join me & the rest of the Fierce Calm community on June 23rd for the global #fiercecalm108 in support of @accessibleyoga & other incredible causes around the world 📷 Link in bio

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Let's yoga together in support of each other"

Melanie 📷 📷