February Inspiration

How Yoga Union Helped Me Heal   It was December 2007 and something was going very wrong with my health.  It started with a seizure while I was sitting at my desk. Before I knew it, the ambulance was called and I was whisked away to emergency at Delta Hospital. At first they thought it was a migraine, treated me and sent me home. But it did not end there. A second ambulance ride back to the hospital and this time they put me through a battery of tests – spinal tap (not recommended) and a CT scan – still lots of head scratching.  Over the ensuing weeks there were multiple trips to Delta and VGH as they tried to determine what was afflicting me. Finally, it culminated with a midnight ambulance ride from Delta hospital to Vancouver General Hospital. I awoke 2 days later from an induced coma to find myself in the neurological ICU wing of VGH.  My neurologist informed me that they had finally confirmed my condition – viral encephalitis brought on by an ‘entero’ virus…otherwise known as the common cold that had mysteriously migrated beyond my sinus passage into my cranium. I had a cold in my brain cavity! Viral Encephalitis is a swelling of the brain tissues that can cause a whole host of scary potentialities. The prospects for health were looking bleak. At age 45, with a one-year old baby, my wife and I were really scared.  There was no silver bullet solution. Along with a heavy duty antiseizure medication, the neurologist told me to buckle up for my recovery would take time, like 1-2 years to fully heal!! I was devastated. Would I fully recover? There were no guarantees. So I resigned myself to finding ways to heal. I started doing some research on my illness and reviewing case studies. I can emphatically say that I consider myself very lucky and blessed to have made it through to the other side unscathed.  Prior to the brain injury, I suffered from chronic low back pain, psoriasis, and cankor sores in my mouth. My posture wasn’t great as I tended to shift my wait towards the outside of my feet. You could see how my shoes wore unevenly!  A friend introduced me to hot yoga at Bikrams in 2002. I left my first class after warriors pose! However, that wasn’t my last attempt. I continued to dabble with it occasionally, but sadly not on a regular basis.  But now with this health scare I was determined to make a full commitment to yoga. I was a husband and father and I knew I had to improve my health and heal my body. I started to attend classed on a regular basis, attending 3,4 or 5 times weekly and have made it part of my daily routine for the last 10 years.  The benefits of a regular practice are many. Physically, I am so much better. At 56 I am more flexible now than I was at 16. My skin has healed, the psoriasis has disappeared, and I haven’t has a cankor sore in years. My lower back pain is virtually non-existent, my hips are more balanced and my shoes wear evenly now! I feel more grounded and more calm since committing to my practice.  Thanks to Kat for her commitment and passion towards building this soothing, comforting environment. It’s a special yoga community where one can come to heal their mind, body and soul.

How Yoga Union Helped Me Heal

It was December 2007 and something was going very wrong with my health.

It started with a seizure while I was sitting at my desk. Before I knew it, the ambulance was called and I was whisked away to emergency at Delta Hospital. At first they thought it was a migraine, treated me and sent me home. But it did not end there. A second ambulance ride back to the hospital and this time they put me through a battery of tests – spinal tap (not recommended) and a CT scan – still lots of head scratching.

Over the ensuing weeks there were multiple trips to Delta and VGH as they tried to determine what was afflicting me. Finally, it culminated with a midnight ambulance ride from Delta hospital to Vancouver General Hospital. I awoke 2 days later from an induced coma to find myself in the neurological ICU wing of VGH.

My neurologist informed me that they had finally confirmed my condition – viral encephalitis brought on by an ‘entero’ virus…otherwise known as the common cold that had mysteriously migrated beyond my sinus passage into my cranium. I had a cold in my brain cavity! Viral Encephalitis is a swelling of the brain tissues that can cause a whole host of scary potentialities. The prospects for health were looking bleak. At age 45, with a one-year old baby, my wife and I were really scared.

There was no silver bullet solution. Along with a heavy duty antiseizure medication, the neurologist told me to buckle up for my recovery would take time, like 1-2 years to fully heal!! I was devastated. Would I fully recover? There were no guarantees. So I resigned myself to finding ways to heal. I started doing some research on my illness and reviewing case studies. I can emphatically say that I consider myself very lucky and blessed to have made it through to the other side unscathed.

Prior to the brain injury, I suffered from chronic low back pain, psoriasis, and cankor sores in my mouth. My posture wasn’t great as I tended to shift my wait towards the outside of my feet. You could see how my shoes wore unevenly!

A friend introduced me to hot yoga at Bikrams in 2002. I left my first class after warriors pose! However, that wasn’t my last attempt. I continued to dabble with it occasionally, but sadly not on a regular basis.

But now with this health scare I was determined to make a full commitment to yoga. I was a husband and father and I knew I had to improve my health and heal my body. I started to attend classed on a regular basis, attending 3,4 or 5 times weekly and have made it part of my daily routine for the last 10 years.

The benefits of a regular practice are many. Physically, I am so much better. At 56 I am more flexible now than I was at 16. My skin has healed, the psoriasis has disappeared, and I haven’t has a cankor sore in years. My lower back pain is virtually non-existent, my hips are more balanced and my shoes wear evenly now! I feel more grounded and more calm since committing to my practice.

Thanks to Kat for her commitment and passion towards building this soothing, comforting environment. It’s a special yoga community where one can come to heal their mind, body and soul.