I began studying yoga in 1995 to cope with crippling back pain. My studies have always derived from Iyengar yoga, which I first studied from a book, Yoga, The Iyengar Way, and since 1997 exclusively with certified Iyengar yoga teachers, starting with the late Karin O’Bannon and currently with Manouso Manos.
My own physical problems of degenerating joints leading to advanced osteoarthritis were first diagnosed in 1984 when a doctor declared my 25-year-old knees as like those of an 80-year-old. In 1999, I had both hips replaced. The doctors said then that yoga had postponed the day of the surgeries. At the time, I also was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, which manifests as total destruction of lumbar discs and bulges in the cervical discs. Scoliosis and fibromyalgia are ongoing issues. I am on no medications and generally I have little or no pain.
My health issues (or opportunities) led me to pursue a master’s degree in kinesiology – the science of human movement, which I completed in 2009, through AT Still University.
The material presented on this site derives from my yoga and kinesiology studies. Any errors are all mine.