How Do You Plan to Mark World Diabetes Day?

Today is November 14, World Diabetes Day. A day to shed light on what it means to live with this condition. And this year the build-up to “the day” has been more intense than ever. Friends in the blogosphere have been writing daily blogs, sharing memes, hashtags and so much more. I’ve been contributing too through daily Instagram and Facebook posts with the hashtag #makediabetesvisible and #diabetesawarenessmonth.

As I explore the different aspects of my life with diabetes I can’t help thinking…

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How lucky I am to be alive.

How before 1921 and the discovery of Insulin my condition would have been a death sentence.

How living with diabetes has widened my community and connected me with people who are making a difference in the lives of others.

How it’s humbled me, made me more compassionate, sensitive and taught me to put myself first.

How it has made me healthier, more resilient and courageous.

How it has inspired me to be honest with myself.

How its deepened my connection with my husband, son, parents, and friends.

How I’ve experienced vulnerability as strength.

How yoga has helped me cope, been my anchor and helped preserve my immune system.

How western medicine and medications which manage diabetes are life-saving and non-negotiables that everyone should have access to.

How charities and organizations that raise money for diabetes and do so tirelessly should be given the recognition and financial support they deserve.

And how even though there are no days off with diabetes, one can go beyond diagnosis to live a happy, adventurous and fulfilled life.

How do you plan to mark #WorldDiabetesDay?

with great respect…

rachel

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One step closer

I’m back and so is the blog. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Diayogi Dialogue Summit. The feedback was phenomenal and even though I created and launched the summit I felt like I was a student along with everyone else.

I now have more yoga management tools under my belt to help me with the highs and lows. The Summit will be listed in the menu tab of the blog until the end of November to coincide with Diabetes Awareness Month so if you haven’t had a chance to watch all the episodes yet just go here and scroll down to find them all.

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Today marks the start of Diabetes Awareness Month and this is also the month that I was diagnosed 10 years ago. I feel like I have grown in leaps and bounds since then. From sitting in my endo’s office in total denial to being on a full insulin regime and getting my A1c into the normal range.

If you live with diabetes you know this isn’t easy. For me, yoga has been the key ingredient and learning to trust my body and life itself. As I’ve been upping my fast acting insulin doses, introducing more foods and finding the right balance between rest, work and home life, I finally feel in control of how I manage my daily life with this condition.

At my last doctor’s appointment, my doctor was encouraging. He celebrated my A1c results with me while offering a different kind of goal for my next visit. He said his aim is to help me normalize my life with diabetes so that injecting and checking my levels is a seamless experience.  He compared it to the everyday routine of brushing my teeth. I had to smile when he said this. I mean who can compare 7 injections a day to the painless swish swish of tooth brushing? But still, I get the gist.

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As I get used to fine-tuning my doses and the timing of the shots it gets easier and easier to get on with the day and the enjoyment of this precious life. I may not be a pro just yet but I’m definitely one step closer.

with great respect…

rachel

 

Diayogi Dialogue Bonus Episode Synne Roisland

Diayogi Dialogue with Synne Roisland

It’s been quite a month. I have been blown away by the response to our Diayogi Summit and also heartened by how many people have tuned in to each episode and joined in on the conversation and the practices. The talks will continue to stay up on the blog for the next month so if you haven’t had a chance to watch all of them yet all you have to do is go to the home button and scroll down. 

Our last bonus episode is with 13 year old yogini and yoga teacher Synne Roisland. Yes, that’s right she 13 and such a wise and caring soul. Her approach to her own practice and teaching is inclusive and sincere. In our interview she shares how she discovered yoga, why she wanted to teach and also how yoga helped her  accept and love herself in a way that has changed every aspect of her life with diabetes. I have to confess I teared up at the end of the interview. If more people were like Synne we would live in a very different world. Take it away Synne!

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Synne is a 13 year old girl from Norway, a type 1 diabetic and a new yoga teacher. She is passionate about yoga, mindfulness, animals, the environment, health and nutrition, and wishes to spread the practice of yoga to everyone. She is just trying to figure out life like everyone else, but believes we can take it one breath at a time and create a better world if we work together as a community.

 

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Diayogi Dialogue Karo Sharma Bonus Episode 1

Diayogi Dialogue with Karo Sharma

Welcome to our first bonus episode with Karo Sharma. Karo is someone you have to meet. She’s trained teachers all over the world and walks her talk. In our interview she shares how yoga helped her turn a negative into positive, fear into certainty.  For her diabetes is just a part of the story. Find out how she deals with the stress of a full time yoga teaching schedule and travel in countries like India and Bali with diabetes and how embracing the spirit of serving others has impacted her life on and off the mat. Take it away Karo

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Karo has been practicing Yoga for 18 years. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Senior Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Trainer and the cofounder of Trimurti Yoga.

For the past 20 years Karolina has been living with Type 1 diabetes, therefore her main focus in practicing yoga was, and always is health. “Living with diagnosis like this is a life sentence. Everyday you are in a trap of self-control, 24 hours, no break, no holidays…counting carbs, injecting insulin, waiting for complications. Everybody wants you to be afraid, to make diabetes your enemy. The words I heard from doctors – I am ashamed to repeat. But Yoga helped me to get rid of fear and to find my space, my freedom, my unwounded spot. I am not my body, I am so much more…

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Diayogi Dialogue with Karen Rose Tank Episode 9

Diayogi Dialogue with Karen Rose Tank

Wow! We are up to Episode 9 which was supposed to be the last vlog in the series but instead, I have two more bonus episodes with yoginis Karo Sharma and Synne Roisland. The summit will occupy the blog until October 31. After that I’ll head into a new flavour for November’s Diabetes Awareness Month.

Karen Rose Tank, our next diayogi is an absolute force of nature. Loved by so many for her enthusiasm for all things health and wellbeing our interview crosses a range of topics from yoga to nutrition. If you are someone who is sitting on the fence about trying yoga because of a physical limitation Karen’s words will revolutionise the way you see yourself and your practice. Her yoga snack is accessible and so much fun and full of healthy benefits. Take it away Karen!

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Karen Rose Tank, MS, CHC is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health & Diabetes Coach with Rose Health Coaching based in Princeton, NJ. She specializes in working with people with diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions informed by her own 22 years of experience with type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Menopause and weight challenges. 

Karen is passionate about yoga for physical as well as mental benefits and has completed several yoga teacher trainings including 200 hours in Yoga and Wellness and 180 hours in Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. Along with her low carb eating approach, Karen is a fan of exercise, walking, biking, skipping, weight training, yoga, meditation and just plain breathing as a way to manage weight, blood sugars and stress.

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Diayogi Dialogue with Anastasia Yatras Episode 8

Diayogi Dialogue with Anastasia Yatras

Anastasia Yatras is a calm and grounding presence in the yogasphere. She has a solid foundation in the system of Iyengar yoga and hails from Australia, my home base. You will love our detailed discussion about the benefits of yoga, how postures affect blood sugar and how wise advice from her father after a rough start to her diagnosis changed her life and approach to living with diabetes. This interview is full of gems. Take it away Anastasia

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For the past 20 years, Anastasia’s Yoga practice has revolutionized her approach to living with Type 1 Diabetes.

She began Yoga in 1992 where it fully resolved her dancer’s knee injury. At 26 years of age, in 1998, Anastasia embarked on two major life journeys. Iyengar Yoga Teacher training and a diabetes diagnosis. Following the medical principles developed by world renown teacher of Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar, Anastasia has maintained HBA1C (averaged blood sugar levels)  of normal range (5-6mmol/L).

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DIayogi Dialogue Sarah Tomlinson Episode 7

Diayogi Dialogue with Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson our next diayogi is generous, wise and lives her yoga. Our conversation is not just about the benefits of yoga its about the intangible and subtle aspects of yoga and how life with diabetes can be transformed through the power of tools like yantra and mantra. If you are curious to know what those words mean, all will be revealed in our in depth conversation. I left our discussion feeling more determined than ever to relax and trust in something greater. I hope you will too. Take it away Sarah.

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Sarah Tomlinson is an internationally acclaimed Yantrika (Yantra teacher and practitioner), yoga teacher and artist, with renowned fans across the globe including Elena Brower and Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga. Sarah worked extensively with her mentor Harish Johari in India, he initiated her into the spiritual practice of painting Yantras. Sarah is the author of the informative coloring book: Coloring Yantras, the creator of the Yantra Bliss Oracle Deck and the author of the Planetary Yantra Workbook “Nine Designs For Inner Peace”.  She leads retreats and Yantra workshops around the world and enjoys lots of time by the ocean with her husband and two young boys.

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Diayogi Dialogue with Lauren Bongiorno Episode 6

Diayogi Dialogue with Lauren Bongiorno

Lauren Bongiorno our next diayogi is more than an inspiration, she’s a game changer in the field of health and wellbeing. Every word she shares is pure gold. She’s authentic, fearless and focussed. Her story of how yoga came into her life and changed it 360 degrees is fascinating and I can’t wait for you to join us in our conversation and to practice her nourishing yoga snack. With out further ado take it away Lauren.

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Lauren Bongiorno is a virtual Diabetic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Author of the Diabetic Health Journal. Lauren coaches T1D’S all over the world to achieve optimal diabetes management using her 360 degree approach, emphasizing wellness throughout the mind, body, and soul. Lauren believes that through self reflection and mindfulness we are better able to understand our own patterns, achieve our goals, and reform our most limiting habits. Lauren continues to be a leading voice in the diabetic online community to her 26 thousand Instagram followers, is an ambassador for Lululemon, and was recently nominated by Pure Wow as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs to watch for 2019 for her work in the diabetic space.

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Diayogi Dialogue with Anna Elfving-Gomes Episode 5

Diayogi Dialogue with Anna Elfving-Gomes

Anna Elfving-Gomes lives in Finland and was diagnosed just two years ago. Perfect for anyone who is newly diagnosed, her story is deeply moving and shines a light on all the feelings and challenges we face when diagnosed as an adult. Anna is also enthusiastic about yoga and its transformative power. As she shares during our chat, “The right moment for any of us is now.” Take it away Anna…

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Anna Elfving-Gomes was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. Her diagnosis brought about a big lifestyle change and she left her longtime desk job to follow her passion and become a holistic health coach and yoga teacher. Her company, Type Blissed, is launching soon. Anna currently lives in Finland with her Brazilian husband and their three kids.

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Diayogi Dialogue with Margaret Shippey Episode 4

Diayogi Dialogue with Margaret Shippey

Margaret Shippey, our next Diayogi is so much fun. We connected in Atlanta last year during one of my book launch events and I was immediately struck by her enthusiasm for creating community through yoga. There were three other people living with diabetes in the class and she made sure they all exchanged emails so they could stay in touch.  In our interview Margaret shares a simple breathing and focussing technique and emphasises throughout our dialogue how yoga helped her connect with her strength not only physically but in managing her health. I know you are going to love her bubbly personality and inspiring words. 

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Margaret Shippey has been a t1d for over 27 years. She discovered yoga in college and has been practicing for the past ten years. Trying a variety of styles she finally got the courage to challenge herself and do her 200 hour RYT through a Baptiste Studio in Atlanta. When she is not doing yoga you can find her singing jazz, practicing interior design, being an advocate for clean beauty with Beauty counter, and last but not least spending time with her amazing dog and best friend, Lottie!

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