How Linda Is Healing Her Arthritis with Yoga

by Norm on May 9, 2013

in Arthritis, Happiness, Hatha Yoga, Healing, Pain Reduction, San Miguel de Allende, Success Stories, Yoga

I received the following email in response to my post, “Are You Digging Many Shallow Wells?

In addition to the very clear way the author describes her success with yoga, she also illuminates these two aspects of yoga.

  1. How yoga works as a tool for healing and health improvement.
  2. How yoga strengthens you to stick to your practice for success.

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM, Linda wrote:

Dear Norman,

Thank you so much for sending this thoughtful and wise essay. I was so pleased when I read it this morning–it truly made my day! In particular, I was moved by this:

“Your ability to stick with a change of habits gets better. In short, you become more successful at improving your habits and your life, and you begin to live the life hoped for.”

Beautiful words! I’ve recently made huge changes in my daily life in order to rid my body of an auto-immune disease.

You made me realize that it was my commitment to yoga that gave me the ability to persevere through some drastic and at times uncomfortable changes. I’ve tried to make big changes before, but have never succeeded.

Now I’m sticking to a healthy food, yoga and supplement regimen with little difficulty. Isn’t that wonderful?

I see the disease as an opportunity and an impetus to improve the way I live, rather than as a burden that makes me wonder “why me?” It is a gift that taught me how to best take care of myself so that I can take care of others.

I’ve learned that letting go of what I thought I couldn’t live without is a very freeing experience indeed.

When someone shares their thoughts with hundreds of people on the internet, there is no way of knowing what kind of affect those words will have. I just wanted you to know what they meant to me. I’m still smiling!

Best Regards……. Linda from Oxford, MS

Monday, May 06, 2013 10:18 PM
Dear Linda,

Thank you very much for your well-written description of how and why yoga works for you. Very inspiring. 

I am  wondering if you would mind if I publish your writing, because I am sure it will inspire others.

This is especially important because you explain how yoga makes everything else work, which separates yoga from just another exercise class to get in shape and burn calories.

I would not publish your email address, just the content, and would not identify you anymore than you are comfortable with.

We could sign it ‘Linda from Oxford MS,” or with whatever you are comfortable.

Please don’t feel obligated in any way to do this. Only do it if you feel right okaying it. 

You are very insightful when you say that I don’t know whether my efforts are working unless someone like you tells me they are.

It is feedback like this that keeps my soul happy in lieu of an income for my efforts.

I am fulfilling a lifelong dream to serve others. 

Thank you again, and Namasté,

Tue, May 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Dear Norman,

What a sweet note! I’d be happy to share my writing with others and “Linda from Oxford MS” would be fine.

I was so lucky to find a great yoga teacher when I needed one and I truly believe that she saved my life.

Before I began a yoga practice, my arthritis was so bad I could barely hold a coffee cup and not stand for more than about 20 minutes at a time.

My dear friend and yoga instructor offered to give me private (and free!) short yoga sessions that got me moving those very sore joints.

After just a few months, I started group gentle yoga classes once, then twice and now three-four times weekly. It has become the thing I want to do more than anything else in my life.

I’ve progressed from struggling and unstable to strong, balanced and confident.

My personality has changed for the better and I actively work to improve my spiritual growth on a daily basis. My current project is learning to quiet the mind. I plan to take yoga teacher training in the next year or two with an emphasis on yoga therapy.

These changes came upon me unexpectedlyit’s amazing what opening your heart can do.

I work for a non-profit day program for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and have developed a yoga-based exercise program that I teach to our participants. It has been amazing and gratifying to see 70, 80 and 90 year old people actually improve their physical well-being even as their mental abilities are declining. And they always do it with a smile on their faces.

Sorry to go on and on, but as you can see–yoga has become a pivotal part of my life. Something I would never have dreamed could happen to me.

I envy you living in San Miguel de Allende–a beautiful little town. My husband and I visited there about 7 years ago and loved it. We made a great photo collage of the unusual doors we saw there. I remember spending almost an entire day photographing those unique doors–it was so much fun! We both love Mexico…

Best regards and thank you for all you do!……….Linda from Oxford MS

And thank you, Linda, for all that you do. I am sure your writing will help others in their pursuit of Self-Healing.



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