In 2000, when I was still living in Iran, my country of birth, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Suddenly, I saw my future self as someone unable to walk. I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind. My doctor prescribed antidepressants which helped relax my body, but my mind was still cluttered with negative thoughts. Fast forward to 2004: I had my first MS attack. I started to take interferons through self-administered injections 3 times a week and continued this treatment for 10 years. Meanwhile, I moved to the U.S with my family and started to experience worsening side effects from the shots. I began looking for ways to stop my medication and started taking yoga classes routinely. This is how my journey into yoga began. I noticed the numbness in my body decreasing and my balance significantly improved. It made me curious to learn how yoga affects the body. In 2014, I registered for yoga instructor training at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. During my 200 hours of training, I discovered yoga was not just a form of exercise. It could also be used as a tool for balance and to connect the body and soul. During the training, I also stopped taking MS medication. I was inspired by how yoga and meditation brought clarity, joy, and freedom into my life and decided to take additional training in 2015 at Almaden Yoga with the new intention to practice yoga as my occupation. At the same time, I started offering private and group yoga classes for all ages in my studio, Mindful Yoga Group.
I work with clients who love yoga and people who have health issues such as knee problems or back pain, and people diagnosed with MS. My current mission is to establish the MS Yoga Society (MSYS) to support people who have Multiple Sclerosis and create new possibilities for them to enjoy life. To get more information about the MS Yoga Society click here .