The doctors told me that I will never be able to walk again normally...

tadansana | mountain pose with prayer

I have been practicing yoga for the past 7 years, on average of 5 classes per week. I live yoga as way of life, and I have been blessed to find something so powerful at the age of 22. I started practicing yoga regularly in 2011 after having an ACL reconstruction on my right knee.

After the recovery of my right knee, a year on in January 2012 I had the same procedure on my left, but unfortunately this didn't go to plan and I contracted an infection - staphylococcus aureus during the actual surgery. This led to septic arhritis of the knee joint and I was hospitalitsed for 2 weeks and given IV antibiotics. One of the registrar doctors at Croydon University Hospital told me that I will never be able to walk again normally and not only was I completely drained physically from the trauma, that diagnosis started a spiral that led me into a depressive state.

My recovery was extremely slow, painful and emotional, but 6 years on with regular practice and  committment and the mentality to overcome my disagnosis; I am now healthier than I have ever been, with two working knees, the understanding of how important health is and a mind full of yoga knowledge and skills.

Not only have I helped fix my physical health, which ranges from asthma, eczema, allergies and those knee issues. But also years of mental health issues that started from a young age that effect so many young men (& women) around the world. For me specifically they included; not having a consistent family structure, confidence & self esteem issues and many other troubles that come with the environment we are raised in.

With the gift of yoga I found something that really helped me work to find peace with those problems. And the beauty of yoga is that all you need is yourself, your mind, your heart and your mat!

Not only am I lucky to still have my knee, I have learnt a extremely valuable lesson that nothing is promised except death, and with that gift I work towards spreading the word of Yoga. I want to share my story and knowledge with the world to help others.

Whether you are somebody going through something very similar or something very different, or you are just looking to do some yoga change is possible for you. It may not happen over night (and there may be ups and downs), and the things may take time, but once self-awareness is evident via yoga - I am so excited for the life that you can live.