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How Yoga Saved My Life

After almost losing her left leg in a horseback riding accident, Samantha Dunn discovered the miracle of yoga.

By Samantha Dunn

I am sometimes asked if I think yoga cured me. Yes, it did, but not in the obvious sense of giving me back my leg. I also had the best of Western medicine on my side. But even though Western medicine has made it possible to reattach a body part, the brain and spirit can't so easily reintegrate that which has been made separate. Yogi Bhajan, the man who is credited with bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West, says that yoga is the inner science of the Self. This is the science that offered me a posture for life, and created a whole person.

More than two years after my accident, the bone is now solid. I walk with a slight limp that tends to get worse when I'm tired. I indeed can't run, but I can dance, and I do ride, five days a week. And while I still can't achieve some asanas, neither can half the class. Every day, each of us just has to begin where we are.

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This story filled me with tears of hope and joy. Not for myself -- just in general. It was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.


What an awesome story. Thank you so much for sharing the details - even about being a skeptic. I too am a believer in the healing power of yoga.


Thank you Samantha ! You're one heckuva Storyteller ! And I believe your story will keep getting better n better ...

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