To Begin with - I like the International Yoga Day!
Hope you all enjoyed doing the Surya Namaskars, Tree Pose, Downward Dog and s'more of those poses that have us wanting to try, Yoga! Makes me smile!
This post makes me a total thief! A big one! I stole stories from the internet to share some fantastic experiences and emotions on yoga with you! Why – because it’s International Yoga Day and I thought instead of putting up some wow pretzel like pics of me..I'll share stories…because stories keep the world exciting! Of how Yoga has healed and transformed lives!
Who doesn't like stories? I wish I could be a Yoga story teller! 😊
The first 2 stories however are NOT STOLEN. They were sent to me by two Indians who have reaped a lot from the Practice of Yoga and are inspiring people on Social Media almost every other day! They have given many years of their lives seeking and learning Yoga and still have the humility to say - they just started!
Shammi runs her own Yoga Institute by the name of Shammi’s Yogalaya. She is a Yogacharaya and Wellness Consultant.
This is what Shammi has to say "On retrospection, I realized that the day I embraced Yoga, ‘a new ME was born’. This new facet of my personality was very different from my public personality which I thought was my own. One of the most important aspects that I developed was ‘Patience.’
This patience held me unfailingly with my practice. My diet began to change automatically where I left meat completely and turned on to eating fresh, local, homemade healthy food as and when I felt the need to eat. No matter, how hectic my day is predicted to be, I start with my 2 hours of intensive yoga practice.The culmination of these three learnings has resulted in me being – Healthy and Happy. Yoga has taught me discipline. . Yoga allowed me to connect with myself. It made me aware of my own being. Aging has become graceful, beautiful, medication free, supplement free, stress free and at the same time, meaningful and fulfilling.
I have tried to impart my learning onto my students trying to gravitate them onto the path of wellness. It is extremely satisfying to realize that I had been able to make them willingly embrace a healthy and yogic life. As a result, many of my students, who had been on medication for years, are completely off medication now. Ailments like diabetes, BP, asthma, bronchitis, sleep apnea etc. are very much under control post them donning the persona of a yoga practitioner.
Further, many sports enthusiasts and athletes whom I have been working with, are able to perform better and drastically reduce sports related injuries. Application of Yoga on different levels has made my students live a rich and fulfilling life.
This is the story of Co-founder of YOGO.tv and head trainer at Vancouver School of Yoga. Lauren got hit by a drunk driver, after which she lived in a dark space so much so that the week she found Yoga was actually the same week she planned to kill herself. She was severely depressed, her left leg was shattered and her lungs had collapsed.
The story goes on to say that - through some stroke of luck she ended up being in a YOGA CLASS along with her mother. She says “The class was very intense. I was in a lot of pain. But it was a large awakening where I felt the presence of this energy hold me.” “I surrendered to that energy and in that moment I realized I really did want to live, and that I just needed help. She dove deep into her yoga practice and the story says that she thanks Yoga for saving her life and for helping her heal.
Click here for the entire story and for some more short amazing stories on Yoga at Do You Yoga.
“I Walked Out [of My First Class] with My Lymphedema 100% Gone”
This story by Shira Atkins is about Dina, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through treatments but finally decided to commit herself to Yoga. She was 50.
She started practicing Bikram yoga which helped her sweat out the residual chemo poisons, but it was the aerial Yoga class which finally helped her with lymphedema.
The story quotes her "I went into my first class with a pocket of fluid under my arm, and walked out with my lymphedema 100% gone. I said “I’m coming back tomorrow,” and immediately started practicing six times a week.
Dina also suffered from the other side effect from chemo - peripheral neuropathy - a situation where it feels like you have stones in your shoes where you used to have toes and the ball of your foot. You no longer feel things directly—all you feel is pressure. Dina's complete inspirational story weaved with Yoga is here.
This is a story from the article “16 Incredible Stories of Healing through Yoga’’ written by Shira Atkins. Click here to read all the beautiful stories in this feature.