(Photo: I recently went to a yoga retreat and the highlight of my trip was doing yoga at sunrise at Wabasso Beach in Florida.)
Truth is, I’ve never been a spiritual person. Ever. And it wasn’t until I discovered my “wound” that I found my purpose: YOGA.
I know what you’re thinking – Yoga is this new-age religion in which you contort your body in all sorts of crazy ways, while praying to Hindu Gods and chanting weird stuff. I’m Catholic, no way.
But let’s set the record straight. Yoga is NOT a religion. It’s a spiritual path that can be practiced with any religion. It’s a way of turning our attention inward, while we connect with our breath through the physical practice. It’s essentially the quieting of the mind – and those of us with Graves could use a whole lot of quieting of the mind!
When I underwent RAI, I needed to refocus my attention because I was driving myself nuts! (Just read my earlier posts, and you’ll see how depressed and manic I was.) I spontaneously decided that I was going to become a Yoga teacher. Random, right? (Again, this was likely induced by the manic affects of hyperthyroidism.) I decided as soon as I was healthy and the RAI isolation period was over, I was going to sign up for the 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Program at my local studio.
Prior to becoming ill, I practiced Bikram Yoga for about a year and a half, and during this time, I felt like I was at my healthiest. It was when I quit that things started going downhill. So I figured, if I was healthy then, it had to be because of yoga, so why not completely immerse myself in it?
At this time, I didn’t realize the impact this would have on me. I didn’t know that meditation would lead to healing, or that the physical practice would restore my weak and brittle body. I was unaware that I would tap into courage and strength, and the way I perceived the world would fundamentally change. Yoga has been the light at the end of this long and dark tunnel.
I’m happy to report that I’ve completed my yoga teacher training, and guess what? I’ve already taught my first class and have a few more classes lined up. I’m hoping this blog turns into an opportunity to share what I’ve learned and that it helps you throughout your Graves’ journey. Namaste.I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.