After being diagnosed with a disease, how likely would you be to start researching local yoga studios?
But Mia Keller did just that. “I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus,” she said. “I read up on the studio, as well as others, and Sterling was the one for me.”
Systemic lupus erythematosus—or simply lupus—is an autoimmune disease that is not curable, but can be managed. Caused by genetic or environmental factors, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the body.
Lupus affects everyone differently, and symptoms, such as swollen joints, hair loss and fatigue, can range from mild to severe. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that yoga can help manage lupus symptoms, and some doctors even recommend it as part of treatment.
Specifically, the main areas yoga can benefit those with lupus are:
- Improved flexibility and mobility
- Improved physical energy
- Stress management
- Pain management
- Improved mood and coping
Mia has found all of these (and more!) in the hot room at Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, where she has been practicing for three years off and on. Among the changes she’s experienced are: body transformation, strength, better sleep and less stress.
“I keep coming back because of the way it makes me feel inside and out,” she said. “I am stronger than I thought I was, and I can see my body changing.”
Mia is recently back to a regular practice at the studio after taking time to heal an ankle injury, but her dedication is still just as strong.
That wasn’t always the case. After her very first class, she said she was thinking to herself, “What the hell did I get myself into?”
Now it’s rare that a day goes by that Mia isn’t practicing or sharing her enthusiasm for the yoga and the studio with others.
“Sterling is a great place to practice,” she said. “They are very knowledgeable and experienced, and their teachers are awesome!”
Mia loves the fun, friendly community at Sterling and appreciates the cleanliness of the studio. And that just enhances her overall experience.
“I love my yoga practice,” she said. “I would not change it for the world. I feel strong after each class, inside and out!”
Mia understands that first-timers may be intimidated to try hot yoga or even try yoga at all. Her advice?
“You have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” she said. “It can really change your life.”
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