My story and how I got into Yoga . I actually got into Yoga about 16 years ago and it was just by accident , I guess that you can say, how the " Universe " works in mysterious ways I have always been very physical and athletic all my life. I actually had a very serious back surgery in my early twenty's . I never had back problems I use to do alot of back bends and forward flips in my younger school days also riding the horse all the time when I lived at home bike riding just the usual stuff when growing up and right around after my 21 "Birthday " I started to have terrible back ache actually the hip on my right side popped out and my right leg was going paralyized and I became to be in alot of pain which I suffered for about a year and finally had to go to the doctor which I try to avoid I just knew that I would end up in the hospital and sure enough working with the doctor for another year that is actually what took place . I had the surgery knowing that I could come out with a cast from the waist down or a brace which I was lucky to end up with the brace and also the possibility of being paralayzed which was happening in my right leg anyway and the plan was to scrape the bone of my right hip and use that to make 2 disk which we found that had been missing since birth in my lower lumbar spine .I also was informed from the MRI that there was a cap missing on a nerve that they thaught was the cause of my leg going numb. I decided to have the surgery because there really wasn't any alternatives not in case I wanted to stay on pain meds the rest of my life and no thank you !!
I had the surgery I struggled with alot of back aches and electric shots up and down my back and yet I had feeling back in my leg I still was in alot of discomfort but the doctor said I am still alot better off then before but from my perspective i could not really agree with that but he was right I did do alot of swimming for my back and still could alot of physical things i didn't allow it to cripple my life .I even got into Scuba diving he said as long as I would not lift over a 100 pounds so I manage to do that for about 5 years and dirt bike riding but still had back aches I couldn't sleep with my legs straight out and still the wierd shocks in my back and now about 12 years has passed by still going to the gym and swimming and then I came across a Yoga Class now I am around in my early forty's watching and thinking i wonder if this could help my back ???
So the next week I came into class and I really felt good after class especially my back ??
I made my mind up to sign up for a 6 week class this was the best thing Iever did in my
whole "Life". My back aches were less the longer I stayed with the "Yoga" the more
improvments came about I started sleeping better the pain was leaving the electric shocks that brought me straight up off the couch when I was sound a sleep were going away I could actually sleep with my legs straight out instead of my knees bent all night rocking back and forth and that has stopped also .
I fell in Love with "YOGA" I had been practicing now about 10 years and I started out just like everyone else first it was just once a week then 2 times then 3 and then it be came a
"Lifestyle" change there is not a day that goes by with out my "Personal Practice".
I also knew when I would not be practicing as faith fully my back would start in with the back ache and not sleeping well so I know the Yoga is what was fixing my back along with the deep breathing Excercises too.
I am now teaching Yoga and have been going on 6 years .I learned so much just not the Physical aspects the Spiritual aspects and Health and Diet and how the Body and Mind and Soul all work together ,there are so many styles of Yoga that can heal the mind and body you just have to find what works for you !! I go to "Workshops " that are Yoga and they are amazed especially "Teachers" about how I got into Yoga to see how strong I am and doing "Back bends" it is never to late to do someting good for yourself it is a "Lifestyle Change" and I feel I need to share this with others to know that "Yoga" can heal in so many ways !! I am also sending this on to a wonderful teacher that I recently had the oppurtunity to be on a Yoga Retreat in Louisianna back in May called a "Open Heart" with Mary Prafford.
She inspired me to write this to let others know what "Yoga " can do ,so if you can walk you can do Yoga !! and be Happy and pain free if not at least have it managable instead of "Suffering" I hope this can shed some light on someone who is looking to change there "life" and if you don't have any Issuses it is a great way of "Life" Namaste Janis