I’ve posted this video before, but I feel like posting it again. This man’s inspiration gives me strength.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with a rare collagen deficiency called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I didn’t think much of it during the time of the diagnosis, but as years went on, I slowly started to see the effects of it and how it was impacting my life. At times I would get very discouraged and angry at the limitations I dealt with regarding strength, grip, and continuous dislocations.
When I started regularly practicing yoga, I was a freshman in college. I’ve been advised that the type of yoga I practice is actually not a good idea for my joints-but I kept practicing because I enjoyed it. My deficiency always gave me a reason for not being able to reach a point. It always gave me a place of blame; a reason for me to quit trying a pose, or posture-simply because I never thought it would be possible with my situation. After considering this video though, I realize that I’ve been taking the easy way out. If this man can accomplish what he has, then surely me (or anyone else going through something similar) can. After changing my mindset a few months ago, I’ve actually reached points and grown further than I thought possible, because I continued to try, and continued to tell myself that I can make certain things possible. And I don’t just take this outlook with my practice-I take it with challenging school work, relationships, or any other hardships that come my way. It’s amazing how a simple revaluation on one’s outlook can have such a profound effect. It’s really never too late to change something about yourself. Your limitations can weigh you down, or you can choose to allow them to help you reach higher.
I may-or-may-not have EDS (Dr F’s waitlist is looong), but I’m trying to start exercising *now* to slow it down. I’d like to avoid (or put off) some of the stuff my brother’s got going on, and from what his doctor told him and what I’ve read, that means getting over my hate of exercise. Since I don’t know what yoga is good or bad for EDS (and the one time I tried yoga, my hamstrings were angry for days…), I’m going the weightlifting/crunches/squats/etc. route.
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