Meet our community, Stella Panagiotidis, as she shares her healing yoga journey with us.
"My yoga practice has been my best medicine."
Eight years ago, I sustained an injury that landed me in the examination room of a hand specialist. My test results revealed that I had advanced premature arthritis and that surgery was inevitable. Fastening the buttons on my coat that winter was a challenge. I felt helpless and lost in a haze of gloom.
Countless miracle stories about the healing power of yoga rang in my ears and I knew that this might be the solution to my suffering. Intuition kicked in and I found myself in a heated YYoga studio, fumbling my way through my first downward dog. Pain and doubt consumed my body and mind, but I was determined to keep on trying. Over time, the discomfort decreased and the mobility in my joints increased.
My yoga practice has now evolved into a yogic way a life. Multiple injury recoveries, weight loss and stress management have been some of the benefits to my regular practice, where there is always something new to discover.
My yoga practice has been my best medicine. It’s kept me off painkillers and out of the surgeon’s room. The best part however, is the yogic journey, where the learning and growing never stops. It just gets better and better.