When I was only 9 years old I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. For those of you who are unfamiliar, scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that affects 2-3% of the population and is ten times more common in women than men. It cannot be cured, only kept from getting worse once discovered. Essentially, I was “prescribed” yoga to keep my core strong enough to maintain my current curvature.
From then on, yoga became my medicine.
Yoga keeps my back pain at bay. It helps me to realign my shoulders and hips. My good posture is dependent on my practice. It also has taught me so much more. The hot room has equipped me with the tools to combat the ups and downs of life; it has left me with patience, gratitude and perseverance. Despite practicing for over 10 years, I am nowhere near perfect. A big part of yoga is putting your ego and expectations aside and truly listening to your body. This lesson reverberates through every part of my being and my yoga journey will continue for the entirety of my life.