I was suffering from an acute case of slip disk at a young age of just 20 years. Trapped in an anxious, sad and stressed out body, I had no hope left. Just as anybody would do under my condition, I had tried various treatments including acupressure, massages, allopathy, homeopathy and whatnot, but nothing had worked. Finally I was advised to have a spinal operation. Luckily, one of my relatives suggested I should take yoga sessions to relieve the tightness in my muscles and to learn to breath in order to manage my pain well and relax my nerves. I was terrified even to try because there was so much pain even with slightest movement.
Then a miracle happened and I came across Asmyi. Under the guidance of asmyi, I started taking medical yoga classes.
Initially I was clumsy since I was totally out of touch with my body and mind. I had trouble even sitting down and standing up, forget about performing any of the simplest asanas. I remember after my first class I went home crying, feeling like a failure.
The next week I decided to give it another shot. How much worse can I do, I thought? I walked into the class with my mind made up that I would at least give it a few more tries before I called it quits. I did just that.
Every week there was a slight improvement and started looking forward to my yoga classes.
I started feeling relaxed and less stressed. I even started breathing properly and guess what! Some of the positions weren't as difficult as they had seemed initially. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months. I not only looked forward to my twice-a-week yoga classes, I also did yoga at home when I didn't have the classes. I would do yoga classes even when I felt stressed, or for that matter, just to have fun – who would have figured on that?!
In conclusion, I'm not the same person I was a few years ago. The stress is gone and whenever I'm stressed out, there is always yoga to help me out. Through yoga, I turn every situation into a learning experience.
Another pleasant change for me is that yoga has also changed me physically (of course in a positive sense). When I pass before a mirror, I glance at the stranger in the mirror and ask, "Who is this new person I see before me?"
I love the way I look and feel now.
Frankly, there are no words that can express how thankful to Asmyi for being my mentor – it won't be an exaggeration if I said that I equate asmyi to God.
Yoga has changed my life for the better, and I would recommend it to everyone, especially from ASMYI.