Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 02 | June 2016 - Page 28

remedies, essential oils, energy medicine, food-as-medicine, Ayurveda and many other things.

It opened the doors to wellness – and wholeness – in my life. Yoga is much more than a buzzword; it’s a life-saving method of owning your healing power.

It was the foundation of my healing program for many years, and in those years it did my body a tremendous amount of good, but the biggest benefit was that by tapping into my internal awareness I was able to create an environment to heal mentally and emotionally – and to learn to love and trust myself, ultimately realizing that I’m not unlovable and that others’ actions are about them, not about me.

Yoga truly saved my life back then because it opened up a whole new way of life and the way to understand myself and my experiences and put it all into perspective. It continues to be a mainstay in my wellness routine, and through the years it has been a lifesaver on a couple of other occasions – when I was T-boned in a car accident in 2007 and I suffered hip and spine injuries, and again when my whole life fell apart in 2013 and I faced the question of what I’m really here for.

In part two of this series, we’ll look more closely at the physical benefits of yoga and how it singlehandedly helped me recover from my car accident when 4 months of traditional therapy didn’t help.

Until then, I encourage you to look past the façade that’s been created by the recent explosion of yoga fads and understand the transformative power of a committed practice to heal your body, your mind and your spirit and not just help you look good in your favorite jeans.

Kat Tozier writes open and honest personal stories of pain and trauma – and hope and healing – for women. She is a Jill of many trades, most recently in the virtual world helping women design and launch lifework that nourishes them and their clients. Her life and her work serve the higher purpose of being a voice in the world to eliminate violence against women and to mitigate the effects of trauma

in their lives. www.kathleentozier.com.

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