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Yolanda Lopez

Yolanda Lopez

I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis 3 years ago. At that point I was working as a production manager in the Apparel Industry, which is a very fast paced environment. Unfortunately even that I LOVE to work in that industry, the illness is progressive and with time became so bad that I had to leave my work. That was very shocking for me. The arthritis then got complicated with fibromyalgia, which had me inactive at home with pain on ALL my joints, my muscles and even my skin.

Some days I was not able to get up from bed all day. Then I read in the Arthritis Today Magazine that hot yoga can help as part of the exercise or therapy. My cousin Nohemi Herrera, who is also a member at Yoga Tribe, found out about Huntington Beach Hot Yoga, so we started with the 20-day introductory special. I could only make it to about 8 classes, but the first class had such a great impact on me. I remember how the instructor emphasized that we should be grateful with what we can do, and also that some of the postures are good to heal. That is exactly what the practice is doing for me.

I have to admit I have limitations but I can do most of the postures with no pain now, especially on my knees, which was the most painful. I used to be very active and that was the part of the illness that most affected me, but thank God and thanks to Yoga Tribe for eliminating my stress and depression with exercise, the heated room, and the atmosphere of the studio! Thank you very much for such a great source of healing, physical and emotionally.