Tag: Accepting my diagnoses

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It’s all attitude baby!

From that first moment I was given a glucometer to measure my blood sugar I thought about success and failure. In fact, I considered my diagnosis the biggest failure of my life. How could a yoga teacher, who’d dedicated her life to living in peak health, be diagnosed with diabetes? I still have moments of absolute disbelief. Like last night during my injection after … Read More It’s all attitude baby!

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Take that diabetes!

Yesterday, somewhere above Antarctica I celebrated my diaversary, the day I was diagnosed with diabetes.  11 years ago my life took on new meaning. At the time I had no idea why or how. I was stunned, shocked and miserable. I can honestly say that 11 years later I am the happiest I’ve ever been. My life didn’t take a turn for the better … Read More Take that diabetes!

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Who am I without my diabetes?

What’s the single most powerful tool from yoga that’s helped me manage my diabetes? Atma Vidya. Atma Vidya is Self-Knowledge. Atma means Self and Vidya means knowledge. What do you think of when you hear these two words put together? Before I was led through these beautiful teachings I thought SELF meant me, my name, my ideas, my beliefs, my broken pancreas. KNOWLEDGE referred … Read More Who am I without my diabetes?

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The one truth that can’t be faked

I have been obsessed with Twitter since September. Growing up in the United States in a liberal democratic family means I have a keen interest in U.S. politics. The election in 2016 floored me and I have watched the steady decline of ‘the facts’ over the ensuing three years. Not that facts are all they’re cracked up to be. Think about it, as much … Read More The one truth that can’t be faked

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I have diabetes, so what

Today ‘diabetes’ was the big topic of conversation amongst everyone I spent time with. I love how friends are curious about how I manage my daily life with this condition. I enjoy clarifying the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, why we take insulin or sugar and the ins and outs of daily management. There are many diabetes myths out there, like … Read More I have diabetes, so what

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Every day is a perfect day

One of my husband’s axioms is, “Every day is a perfect day. It just depends on what you do with it.” I love it. And it’s true, it’s up to me how I navigate this thing called life. Take last week when we moved interstate. You might be thinking we packed a moving van, moved into a lovely house and spent the week unpacking … Read More Every day is a perfect day

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Making room for yourself

I’ve had to take a few steps back in the last few weeks from the blog. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but because there’s too much to say and I’ve needed to collect myself. My passion is yoga and to share that in whatever form that takes. So in teaching regular classes I’ve come back to my rhythm. We all have … Read More Making room for yourself

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For the love of a body

I’ve never been someone to feel at home in my body. For as long as I can remember I’ve dealt with feelings of discomfort. The feeling that everything that’s supposed to work in the usual way doesn’t. Digestion, breathing, and vital organs. I’m pretty sure the whole shebang was caused by the sudden death of my mother when I was 11, but I also … Read More For the love of a body

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 … Read More Diayogi Dialogue Bonus Episode Synne Roisland

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 … Read More Diayogi Dialogue with Anastasia Yatras Episode 8

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 … Read More Diayogi Dialogue with Anna Elfving-Gomes Episode 5

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 … Read More Diayogi Dialogue with Margaret Shippey Episode 4