In 1995, I suffered a go-kart accident in which my hair got caught in the engine and my cervical spin (C5) got turned on it's side. The impact ripped my head back bending my wind pipe until I couldn't breathe. After that I was unable to turn my head too far to the right and looking up to the sky was painful and impossible without my shoulders having to lift up around my ears.
I looked first to swimming as a way of rehabilitating myself until a friend (thanks Jerome!) recommended I try this 'yoga in a sauna' as a way of giving my spine back some mobility. I was living in London and at that time there were only two studios; both about an hour away on the tube. The one class I tried quickly turned into two and then into ten as I took full advantage of the intro pass. The benefits were immediate and there was no stopping me! I remember the teachers always saying that the potures you don't like are the ones you need and that one day those postures will become your favourite. They were right and backbends ARE now my favourite! I completed my teacher training in May 2003 and am off to learn the advance series in June 2010.
Yoga is such a great compliment to my life and helps keep me in balance especially when life gets busy with full time work in the investment industry, studying psychology at uni and training for triathlons. I am so fortunate to be able to share the wonderful healing benefits of this yoga with others. I am inspired by watching and hearing the transformations that take place as students travel this journey and am forever grateful to my students for teaching me more than I could possibly ever teach them.