That was the name my friend’s grandpa used to call me. He was a doctor so he remembered people by their illnesses not their names. I still laugh about it to this day.
Diagnosed at age 10.
Performed surgery on at age 13.
A lot happened on July 17th, 2007.
I lost ALL of my flexibility that day. I lost my ability to dance. I gained tremendous amounts of pain in my spine and two metal rods permanently fused to my spine. This happened all in ONE day. A few days before this my doctor told me I could become paralyzed or even worse…..die from the surgery he was about to perform.
However, it had to be done. Going into surgery, my spine was curved 67 degrees. Meaning I was lopsided. One shoulder completely higher than the other and it would get worse with age. Coming out of surgery, my spine was straightened to almost 100%. A miracle and their biggest success story they told me.
So for five days I watched Hannah Montana and did fun activities like learning how to walk again. That shit still blows my mind. That 11 years ago I had to relearn how to walk. That going up and down stairs was actually terrifying at one point in my life.
The funny part about all of this is that you could take one look at me now and have no idea this event took place. No one has a clue that I have two metal rods fused to my spine or that I had to teach myself how to walk again. I can backbend, twist my body into all sorts of shapes, and kiss my nose to my feet. To this day my doctors cannot explain how my spine is medically and scientifically capable of doing everything it’s doing.
I know though and I can explain it in one word.
That is my secret and it should be everyone’s secret! Yoga has given me everything I have ever wanted and more!
That tremendous back pain?
I rarely feel pain now.
That flexibility I would surely never gain back?
I gained 80% of my flexibility back and one day it will be at 100%.
That waterfall in Costa Rica?
Climbed it twice.
Oh and that volcano in Bali?
I climbed that too.
Why am I telling you this story?
Because when the doctors, society and your own mind tell you that you can’t go after your dreams YOU pull out your yoga mat, beat science and go after your dreams anyway! You better chase your dreams until every single one of them makes your heart flutter with the joy of them coming true!
Two months after my surgery I returned to dance.
Five years later I got into my top choice acting school.
One year after that I studied abroad in Greece where I found
my passion for teaching yoga.
I got my yoga certification shortly thereafter and have been traveling the world and teaching ever since.
If you have a dream my loves, chase it fiercely and don’t let anyone stop you. Not the 8 kilometer high waterfall in Costa Rica, the seven hour uphill volcanic hike in Bali, or the doctors who tell you how to live your life. This is your story so pull out your yoga mat and breathe deeply into it.
Who knows, you may just become the founder of your business, travel the world doing what you love and inspire the world around you to do the same!
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Let’s chase our dreams together! Until next time traveling yogis!
Brytta is a world traveling yoga instructor from NYC. She is a lover of glitter, SUP Yoga and climbing waterfalls. When she's not adventuring around the world and teaching yoga, she's writing about her adventures and coming up with new ways to take her yoga off the mat and into the world! When she's not doing any of that, she's outside studying constellations and making wishes on shooting stars. A big fan of discovering new books to read, her current favorite reads are:You are a Badass, Polishing the Mirror and Yoga Girl. ♥