I came to my mat for the first time 12 years ago as a form of cross-training for my career as a professional dancer. What yoga helped me realize is that my body (and mind) was extremely out of balance. Over stretched hamstrings with little upper body strength and a weak core was the perfect equation for a low-back injury.
For years I had pain in my low back but chose to ignore the pain. Our bodies have no voice. Its way of communicating with us is through sensation such as pain, numbness, tingling, etc. The pain started slowly and eventually hit me over the head until I was stopped in my tracks and hardly able to walk. I finally found myself in my doctor’s office listening to him tell me he was referring me to a back surgeon. What? Surgery?! What would this mean to my career, to my health? I was in tears.