In July 2009, I had a severe pancreatic attack and spent the day in the Emergency Department. I didn’t know at the time but my life was about to change forever. I was diagnosed with Pancreas Divisum and Chronic Pancreatitis. My fiancée Anne suggested I join her for yoga to help ease the daily pain I was having. I was stubborn and reluctant. I had serious misconceptions about what to expect. Women in leotards passing gas was what I thought yoga was. Boy was I wrong! After about two years of trying to get me to go, Anne was about to give up trying to get me to go to a yoga class. “Just try one class, and I’ll never bother you about it again,” she said.
I’ll never forget our first class together. It was Super Bowl Sunday and we went to a candlelight class with Megan teaching. There were only about 2 or 3 other people and us. It was the perfect time to start the transition to yoga, and Anne brought it into my life. I was hooked: the guided poses, breath connected to mindful movement… yoga was exactly what my body needed to help combat the daily pain Chronic Pancreatitis (CP) causes me.
I fell in love with what yoga does for my mind and body. I feel silly for having been so stubborn and reluctant to start my practice sooner. Yoga has helped me deal with my daily struggle with CP, teaching me to breathe and move through what life is sending my way. I am grateful for the entire Your Yoga community: the teachers who are always ready and willing to offer adjustments and guidance, the other students to whom we were once strangers and are now acquaintances and friends, and especially David, Megan and Catie for always encouraging everyone in the kindest, most loving way, helping us change and grow without needing to change anything at all. I owe all yoga has taught me to my loving fiancée and future wife Anne.