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Why I Started Practicing Yoga

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

My name is Dana Saad, and I'm a licensed therapist at Key Therapy Counseling and a certified yoga instructor. I'd like to tell my story about how I was introduced to yoga.

For many years my mother suffered from cancer.

She took daily yoga classes and as a way to support her, I attended with her. The truth is, I initially doubted the effects of yoga. But quickly I saw first-hand the rejuvenating power and healing benefits it offered her as she navigated treatment.

I Experienced Relief from Pain

To my surprise, I also began to witness relief of chronic back pain that I had experienced as a college athlete. Because of this experience, I began to practice yoga regularly, noticing the benefits on physical ailments.

After years of yoga practice, my mother and I set a goal to complete our yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Kripalu’s style of yoga is gentle, creating space for healing and self-awareness.

I Learned I Have Control Over My Well-being

It was during this training that I learned about a deeper connection between yoga and the nervous system. You see, as an athlete I had unfortunately experienced multiple concussions. I had accepted that the symptoms associated with these concussions were something I just had to live with. But as my training at Kripalu progressed I became aware that my symptoms would dissipate and even disappear. I felt a new sense of aliveness and hope that I had control over my well-being.

Yoga and Mental-Health

Yoga has provided me with the ability to navigate stressors, self-regulate, and has even given me the capability to engage in daily life activities and exercises that I couldn’t do for years.

As a licensed therapist, I am able to combine the power and practice of all these disciplines to benefit my clients.

I want you to benefit as well.

If you haven't done so already, please enroll into my Body Mind Wellness class. I run several weekly yoga classes. You can sign up for a free trial here. Hope you can join me. :)

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