By Aubrie Fletcher

Life after the accident

Bones all over my face were broken, and my entire body hurt so badly that I didn’t know if I’d ever be myself again. My senior year of college, I was in a car accident that changed my life. It was through my recovery process that I found yoga. I stepped in to my first yoga class, and walked out telling myself I’d never do it again—except, I had already paid for ten classes. You see, I was forced to be so present in the moment and focus on my breath. I honestly hated it at first because it was so difficult for me to stay in the present moment, and to learn to focus inward.

Yoga: More Than Physical Recovery

I endured the next several classes, each one teaching me more about myself than I ever expected. Teaching my mind to be still, and also to practice non-judgement as my body was recovering. I eventually fell in love with what yoga was doing not only for my physical recovery, but also within my mind and spirit. An inner awakening. I have had a regular practice ever since, and eventually became an instructor so that I could learn to guide others in this practice that I have grown to love. I have seen the transformative power of yoga in myself, and observed it in so many others.

Looking Within—and Looking Around

I joined the Give Back Yoga Foundation because I believe that every person should have access to this life changing practice. Yoga teaches us to look within, but also to look around. To increase our awareness of the needs of others. I am grateful for all that yoga has done for me in my own life, and I am excited to be part of a global community of people who are committed to yoga service.

Change The World By Changing Yourself

I deeply believe the words from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Change the world by changing yourself. Heal the world by healing yourself. Find a need and fulfill it. Service is the greatest form of spiritual practice.” This is yoga. Give Back Yoga Foundation, and the programs we support, are changing the world. It is an honor to contribute to such a cause.