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      • hello Ellyn Rolleston
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      • In response to: "What's the one thing you're never gonna give up?" The only thing I know for sure right now is that I will teach yoga for the rest of my life. I feel most alive when I am teaching.
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    • 300-Word Justification: Yoga saved my life. No joke.

        If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Before my yoga practice began, however, I experienced loss that literally robbed me of my ability to breathe.

        A month into my freshman year of college, two people close to me died: Cancer in his blood vessels took the 52-year-old father of one of my closest friends, and two weeks later, my 26-year-old cousin died in a house fire.

        Over the course of the year, I began to experience debilitating anxiety and depression, a weight that wouldn't allow me to leave my bed or reach to turn off the shower. Out of ever-thinning air I developed asthma, and would wake up in the middle of the night feeling as if my lungs had sprung a leak, and air wouldn't hold.

        SSRIs helped, but it was yoga that saved me. On the mat I regained clarity, I regained the ability to stretch through my muscles and to be still in my own mind without panic gripping me like a fist wrapped around my spine. My body began to heal as my mind began to shake off the shrouds of constant terror. On the mat I learned to breathe. It felt like it had never happened before.

        I began sharing it with others. I've been teaching for over three years now because I want everyone to have access to this simple thing that restored me.

        If you can breathe, you can do yoga. If you cannot breathe, yoga will teach you how.

      • answered by ellynr on 11/19/2012
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