It has been a long and incredible journey of healing to find comfort, space, and easeful movement in a body that has had 13 spinal vertebrae fused for correction of severe scoliosis. For years following my spine surgery, I definitely did not feel spacious. My body felt far from sacred. In many ways I felt invaded, ripped apart, rewired, and tightened back into place from an extensive spine surgery.
I discovered yoga 15 years after my spinal surgery for scoliosis. In those initial few years of exploring my practice, my body did not feel sacred OR spacious. I felt tight, fearful, angry, restricted, and doubtful. I sought out teachers, workshops, books, and anything else I could get my hands on to learn HOW to move with a spine that was 90% fused and immobilized in order to prevent further aggressive curvatures.
Over time the fear dissipated. Slowly. I began to trust myself, my surgeon, my body, and the choices that were made to manage this condition. Through diligent yoga practice and intentional healing, Sacred Space now resides in MY body.
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