yoga rxThere’s a growing wave of alternative thinking in the world, and the majority of us are blessed to have a choice in between traditional and alternative ways of living. This can consist of lifestyle selections, food choices, clinical choices, consumerism, spirituality and education, among others. Exactly what used to be considered extreme is now finding its method into the mainstream.

In Stone, Colo., where I live, there’s an abundance of choices for natural grocers, alternative health care professionals and holistic education centers. Even our animals have access to health foods and medications. And for a city of just 100,000, there are more than 60 yoga studios in the neighborhood. Needless to say, I’m at home in this place.

Here, my tendencies towards natural living are fed by the plentiful and easily accessible info about ways to integrate much more natural practices into my life. For example, I was thrilled to slowly cut out every hazardous product from my regular and replace it with something that hadn’t been (in my mind) ruined by processing, chemicals or the like. I felt so proud of myself and my capability to live a sustainable, plant-based, natural existence!

That said, you can only envision how I must’ve felt when I was confronted with a really unwanted wellness condition that every physician– holistic and conventional– appeared not able to identify.

Putting on my armor

One would think that in a neighborhood where natural births abound and nearly every household participates in a CSA, discovering a natural option to a really typical wellness condition would be a piece of cake. Well, after over a year of trial and error with my holistic physicians, I found myself in a monetary position where I’d to lean on my medical insurance. I thought for sure that even orthodox medical doctors in the area would be in alignment with the beliefs and values of the neighborhood and that I’d be nurtured and looked after in a comparable means.

What I found, however, was rather the contrary. My cherished ultra-alternative space was treated with distaste and hesitation by standard medicine. Every time I visited an MD, I felt as if I needed to place on a suit of armor, heading into battle to protect my selection as a lady committed to a natural way of life.

I finally found myself feeling defeated by my own attempts, not able to defend my convictions or strong enough to plead with my doctors to really assist me find the root cause of my condition rather than merely suggesting another capsule.

The yoga Rx

It’s here that I began to consider my yoga. One universal translation of the word yoga is ‘union.’ To my dissatisfaction, this isn’t just union of things that I selectively decide to allow my frame of consciousness based upon choice and likability. What it actually indicates is union of all things in the spectrum of existence, whether I like it or not. If yoga isn’t only something I exercise but something I teach and guarantee, then there have to be room for union in this place and with this scenario.

So I set my mental and psychological shield, my weapons and my splits, and decided to send myself on a spiritual mission to uncover the middle ground in between my alternative methods and traditional medication.

Not 2 days later on, the universe responded to back while I was having a discussion with a woman whom I admire and appreciate. She informed me that years ago she was faced with the same mysterious health crisis that I discover myself struggling with today. She informed me how whole-heartedly she thinks in modern medication, due to the fact that it offered her her life back. She’s the child of a medical professional therefore is a self-professed ‘product of western thinking,’ however she took a look at me from her heart and I saw the goodness in the approach I’d actually pertained to be afraid so much.

I understood then that I was digging my heels into the wrong place. By being so worried with separating these relatively competing beliefs, I’d actually added more negative energy to my own condition and potentially created more disease out of that separation where I might’ve been seeking combination in service of wellness.

Choosing union

There are not 2 sides right here. There’s just one, and we’re all on it, actively helping to produce the opportunity for a happy and healthy life for everyone. There’s a time and a location for everything, and instead of rowing in opposite directions from the same watercraft, we can row together working with one another, instead of versus.

When all is said and done, I’ll likely continue to go against the grain in numerous of my personal methods in life. However in this one, I select a greater option– neither the standard nor the option. The technique I choose is union of the 2. The method I pick is yoga.