How I overcame back pain

 For a long time I was dealing with low-grade back pain that would flare up at times. The first time I was working in a bank when I started feeling tremendous lower back pain that would radiate down the sides of my thighs. The pain would last a few days before returning to my baseline level of chronic pain. On this first severe episode, I went to a chiropractor for the first time and I left there feeling so light. I remember asking my friend who took me there: “is this how you are supposed to feel?” I then got in a routine to get chiropractic adjustment, but that was just giving me quick relief but not addressing the roots of it all. In one painful episode, I went to the doctor and got one of those cortisone shots. AHHH, immediate relief! We love this, right? No effort and quick relief. But then we get back to old habits and everything is reset. Anyway, a MRI was done and I found out that I had a bulging disk and also a degenerative disc condition!

The truth is I had been dealing with low-grade pain for years, but I really never gave attention to it. I ignored the gentle signs of my body, and only when the pain decided to make me scream did I decide to look at it. All this was happening when I was just beginning my journey into the sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda. Thus I knew that continuing with the quick relief options would not bring me permanent peace. I then pursued the cure through the wisdom of these ancient healing modalities and learned that there are many theories regarding relief of chronic pain. For example, digestive concerns can cause poor circulation and lymph congestion, which can exacerbate muscular pain, joint pain, and dryness of the discs. Stress and one’s emotional health is also linked to spikes in joint and muscle pain. In the end, it requires bringing the whole body into balance.

So then, I decided to directly address the root cause of the aches and pains. I learned about techniques and herbs that supported my healing so I didn’t need to go through the frustrating reality of anti-inflammatory drugs, which potentially do more harm than good. I turned to making lifestyle changes such as dietary adjustments, right exercise, yoga asanas, breathing practices and meditation. I found a way to incorporate these new habits into my life that was doable and sustainable. Such changes not only helped the discs condition but also addressed all the little aches and pains! It is a blessing to experience what it is to bring the whole body into balance and feel abundant energy throughout the day.

Musculoskeletal aches and pains can arise from many sources. It can be from an injury, from sitting for a long time every day, from poor posture, from driving too much, from repetitive activities, from harmful emotions, from digestion, from lack of exercise, from stress, etc. The ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda offer natural and sustainable relief from these pains.  I have been given the joy to share this healing path with others and see them getting consistent results. I am striving to share with you these profound tools so you can experience the grace and light of a balanced body, and tap into the unlimited source of energy that we are!

How I found laughter again

I was struggling with depression and anxiety which I thought was triggered by a life threatened health issue – a blood clot. But then I found out that I have been struggling with a low degree depression and anxiety since I was a teen!

 When I had the blood clot (which I found out later it was due to a genetic disorder), I was also going through main life changes such as marriage and moving out of my home country. All of this contributed to expose strongly the depression and anxiety. I would wake up feeling my body as heavy as a hippopotamus even though I was losing weight. Every inch of my body would ache. An elephant paw was sitting on my heart. My appetite, none. My enthusiasm for life, gone. My laugh, what is that?  But because I am a doer, I would manage to do things and even get some exercise. It took me a while to understand that I had such condition because I push myself hard. A lot was manifesting in anger and the more I pushed myself the more I burst out.  

I also have a family with a history of depression and anxiety and my dad strongly suggested that I would look for medical assistance. I was resistant to take medications. But things were getting very hard so I finally went for it.  The doctor prescribed me an anti-depressant.  Fortunately the first pill I took, my body went bananas! It reacted intensely to it. It was very scary. I had an anxiety attack and could not sleep. This was my turning point.

I took it as my body wisdom screaming to me and saying that I had everything to heal myself in a natural way. I have yoga, Ayurveda, exercise, and Nature all around me and an opportunity to break the samskara (psychological imprints) of generations of my family on anti-depressants drugs. Next morning then, I decided to not touch it ever again and go for the alternative cure. I am not saying that medicine is evil and should not be taken. There are cases, and cases. My case, not the case. Western Medicine can be lifesaving and should be applied when necessary. This system that I used can also be used together with western medicine and eventually you can be out of it.

Through my studies of Yoga and Ayurveda I began to understand why I was inclined to depression and anxiety in the first place; how my mind works and what put me out of balance and how to bring myself back into balance through right diet, lifestyle, and right relationship. I then implement a lifestyle that would nourish my body, mind and spirit. Waking up and bed time, exercise time, nature time, laugh time, friends time, meditation time, right diet time,  and a big part of the time: God time! The way I implemented the new routine was slowly and progressively so my instruments – body and mind, would not rebel. I want the new habits to stick for a lifetime so I had little and short goals; the secret to make them doable and sustainable.  Then I studied and learned more about how to deal with fatigue, body pain, weight management, digestive problems, sleep issues, thyroid imbalance and other issues that depression and anxiety can bring. Then I got a PhD in anger. Then I heard my laugh, then I craved strawberries, then I woke up as light as a hummingbird! Then I knew myself.

I have been sharing this system with other people and I see them getting consistent results. I am striving to give you tools to live a normal healthy life. So you can realize the power of knowing yourself, and this will not lead you astray!