The Rebuild, Part 4: Sweating It Out & Moving On

Like yoga, the practice of medicine is just that- a practice. After being sicker than I’ve ever been in my adult life, I am reminded that practice is not always perfection. After being diagnosed with mono, it did not make sense to me that my 103.5 fever and headache was still occurring after a few days of antibiotics. 

I went to a doctor for additional testing and learned that I contracted a tick born virus from a pesky little creature that attached itself to me during a YogaFit staff retreat on Long Island. Many people believe ticks are simply insects with four pairs of legs; however, ticks are arachnids like scorpions, spiders and mites. Any tick born illnesses are serious, so be sure to check both yourself and your pets after being near or in the woods. Did you know that the number of tick related illnesses has grown 3x in the US over the last two years? To learn more about tick-borne illnesses, click here

For the past month, I’ve been practicing hot yoga almost daily. Despite my busy schedule and lots of traveling, I’ve sought out a variety of hot yoga practices around the country. For me, the practice of yoga is truly worshipping in the body temple. Treating our bodies like temples requires constant vigilance, care and consciousness. 

Very few things in our culture promote true health, so it is an individual’s responsibility to continue learning. Our yoga practice is an incredible tool to connect with our bodies on a deeper level, just as meditation gives us a greater understanding of our minds. 

From both my sickness and recovery, I learned to think about my consumption. From food to supplements and feminine care, you should act with intention to be sure what you are putting in your body serves yourself and the environment. After visiting the Personal Care Products Expo in Miami, FL last week, I learned that many of our everyday products are not natural and do great harm to the world around us- from our toothpaste to deodorants, even tampons! (I will be discussing this more in future blogs, stay tuned...)

Our bodies are beautiful things- they help you get from point A to point B; they allow you to enjoy a delicious meal; they give you the opportunity to LIVE. With all this in mind, why DON’T we give our bodies the best? Getting sick was traumatic and forced me to put a lot of projects on hold, but it allowed me to refocus and remember what is the most important project of all: my health. 

Stay healthy. Namaste. 

Beth Shaw