You Said: Reader Comments on Yoga as Healing
I now have a healthy daughter and my yoga practice keeps me flexible enough to crawl around on the floor with her and I find that I am not as stressed out as a few other new moms that I am friends with. I am not trying to say that yoga is a miracle cure, I still have a long way to go to be as flexible and calm as I want to be, but my practice is making the place where I am at the moment easier to deal with. I also think that I have had such a good experience with yoga because of my two instructors who helped me along the way.
I was in a serious automobile accident in 1977 and woke up to a priest giving me my last rights. I had a broken pelvis, a ruptured bladder, and serious complications from a blood clot. I also broke some ribs, and developed deep vein thrombosis plebitis. The more I realized my injuries the more depressed I became. I was hospitalized for a month and a half and before I returned home. My parents had to help me walk and talk again because the anti coagulent that I had to be on impeded my thought/ speech process.
I was twenty two years old at the time and I had a very strong will and desire to heal. I wanted desperately to become a Olympic figure skater before the crash. I researched different kinds of healing from that point on starting from holistic to Ayurveda to yoga.
Traditional Western Medicine served only to completely discouraged me and remind me of my limitations while yoga opened up great possibilities of healing and created the frame of mind that gave me great peace about my body and being inside it.
--Mary Gabriel Duncan
I just wanted to share my experience in finding yoga and how it changed my life. I'll make it as short as I can. My mother was a yoga teacher in the early days of her life and while I was a small girl I practice with her and her friends all the time. Of course when I was a teenager I decided not to do it anymore. Later on into my adulthood after a couple of years at a desk job I got tendonitis and arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis in my shoulders. Of course this chronic pain disabled me and I was always on vicadin and vioxx which in turn ruined my liver. I received several broken bones in my fingers, wrist and collarbone as well. Through all of this I was always in pain and always complaining. Finally my mom suggested I try a yoga class. I couldn't do any of the poses very well and at first I was frustrated but I decided to keep at it and eventually learned patience to go at each pose with mindfulness and patience for my body. Just a year and a half later I now have a new career in teaching yoga and helping others. As I go into any of my 12 classes a week I not only can do any pose I teach but on the days when I'm a little sore or have a little pain I can still back off and give my body the break it needs.
I started yoga back in the 70's when it was kind of considered a cult. But after having a serious car accident that hurt my 3 mo. old son at the time, I almost lost my mind. I found yoga by myself looking for a way to learn how to cope with the stress I was living in. Little did I know this would be a life-long experience and change for me. I remember going to Dallas from my little country town and seeing the Swami Ajaya speak. I think right then and there a change came about and I learned that I was in control of me again. I am 52 yrs old now. I still practice at home with my videos ( all kinds) and try to meditate daily to calm my mind. It's funny to watch over 35 years how Doctors now say "oh yes you should do yoga and meditate for it is very good for your emotional and physical well being." I have tried to teach my sons and my grandbaby how to calm yourself and breathe. I have taken several Hatha Yoga classes at the University of North Texas and anywhere I can. I have had several experiences by calming my mind that were life changing.