I have been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1976. I was 14 when diagnosed.
I will spare you the whole story for now.
About five years ago I completed my initial yoga teacher training at Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshire Mountains. After a very profound session with one of the senior yoga teachers, I had the opportunity to speak with her. I told her I had Type 1 diabetes since I was a kid. Her verbal response was….”Now that’s a yoga pose.” Her emotional response was dripping with compassion. I was immersed in one of the most profound training experiences of my life and being introduced to the deeper aspects of yoga. I had been practicing yoga for six years prior to going to Kripalu for the month long teacher training course. My yoga practice had transformed my body and mind. I saw yoga as a metaphor for what I am tasked to do as a Type 1 Diabetic. Both yoga and living with diabetes involves issues of restriction, alignment, balance, attention, focus, letting be and manifestation of life force energy (prana). I did not want so much to be a yoga teacher, instead, I was seeking to deepen my understanding and practice.
Now that’s a yoga pose.