"In July 2000,
I broke my hip and wrist, just a month after learning
that I had osteoporosis. My hip healed normally, but
I developed RSD ( Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) in my
hand. It was my writing hand that was weak, painful when
writing, sensitive to cold and touch. I was unable to
stretch my hand out completely or to make a fist.
Six months ago, I
began yoga practice with Monica twice a week and fit
in a third session a week with another instructor. It
was a joy to experience my body getting stronger and
more flexible. It was a surprise to find that my hand
can spread flat and hold my weight (in downward dog).
It was a shock to notice that the diagnosis of "permanent RSD condition" has
disappeared! I also learned that my bones have gotten
stronger so that I no longer are in the osteoporosis
category but osteopenia, a less serious bone loss diagnosis.
Thanks, Monica for
your upbeat classes, your tough challenges and your enthusiasm
for my improvement."
. . . Nancy
Cooney, age 67, testimony given June 2004