It was not love at first sight.
I often get asked how and why I started doing yoga and I always respond by saying it came into my life when I needed it the most and it made me feel like I had never felt before. However, talking to my aunt the other day she pointed out the real reason why I became so hooked and how this healing practice made such a big impact in my life.
A lot of people don't know this but I was in a motorcycle accident when I was seven years old, in which I almost lost half of my left heel. I had a few reconstructive surgeries and the recovery lasted over a year. I was fine the years following the accident, but with time I started to get really bad back and knee pain. I was working long hours standing on my feet and it eventually became unbearable. I was living in constant pain and it became my new normal. I visited a chiropractor, and he told me that the accident had left me with uneven hips (one leg longer than the other), and that I was putting all my weight on one side of my body. I went to therapy for a few months and the pain got a little better, but there was no hope of a permanent remedy.
Four years ago, when I moved to LA, a coworker and I decided to try a yoga class to "relax and release the stress from work". After the class, I felt incredibly calm and peaceful so I decided to go on a regular basis. However, it took time for me to fall in love with yoga. It did not happen over night. The first few times a lot of poses were extremely challenging and felt really awkward. With time, the more often I showed up, the better it all felt. After a month, I could already feel my body getting stronger and to my surprise I noticed I was able to work long hours on my feet without complaining. I was happier and healthier and started being more active without worrying about being in pain.
Yoga is such a beautiful practice that heals both physically and mentally. It balanced me (literally) and for that I am forever grateful. I am still a work in progress, but with time my spirt and thoughts, just like my hips, will learn to become balanced.
be patient with yourself. be kind....
"Practice and all is coming" Sri k. Pattabhi Jois