WINDHOEK – Thirteen years ago Brandi Shoombe was told she would never walk again, following a devastating car accident.
Today, the 37-year-old yoga instructor not only walks but her life is more fulfilled than ever, thanks to yoga, she tells Health Focus.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.
Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Shoombe shared how she refused to accept the doctors’ verdict for her life that she would not be able to walk again, and after trying out several alternatives, yoga did not disappoint. Not only did she risk her life by going against doctors’ advice by removing the metals in her body, but she took on a new career as a yoga instructor, abandoning her job in advertising and marketing for yoga, a decision she does not regret.
“I was in a car accident and I have all these mobility issues, but yoga has helped me with that. I gave birth to my child after the accident and that made it even worse, so I had worse back problems, my knees were getting shorter. The only way to lengthen my muscles was yoga, otherwise the ligaments would get shorter in the leg that’s broken and I would limp for the rest of my life,” related Shoombe.
“I don’t limp but if you know me, there’s a change in my walk. So the change in my leg is only because the bone once broken grows two centimetres higher but the muscle length is so flexible that I can fold, I have a new walk and people think I’m overconfident, but that’s the accident walk actually, that’s not my original walk,” she said confidently.
Shoombe explained that yoga has created more awareness of who she really is. “My purpose for being here and every day that I practise my yoga I come from a place where I’m ready. This is all I have right now, right now this is all I got, how can I move to where I want to be? So, we don’t even go, like I’m not rich, I don’t have money,” she said.
Shoombe is now a certified yoga instructor who after quitting her previous job in the advertising industry decided to study yoga, where she among others spent time in temples.
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