Connie Fedel has an amazing life story. The experience creates her vision, passion and motivates her to help people. She enjoys helping others find peace and well-being within themselves.
“The benefits of yoga helped me to save my life,” says Connie Fedel, Taylor Yoga yogie. “Yoga has been around for thousands of years. When regularly practiced yoga can lead to greater health, mental control, and ultimately self-realization. I believe that I can help others, and doing so allows me to give something back for all that I have gained from my yoga experience.”
In 1998, at the age of 32, Connie was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, the cause of which is unknown. Her doctor at the University of Michigan Medical Center once described it to her as “friendly fire.” Where the body’s natural immune system is overactive, causing otherwise healthy cells to attack themselves. She began to experience an inflammation around her heart causing chest pain. Also, extreme fatigue, rashes on her face and body, swollen painful joints, and seizures. Also, elevated levels of anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) in her blood that indicated something was drastically out of balance.
In June of 2001, Connie had a hysterectomy to remove a grapefruit-size tumor from her uterus. Soon, she was taking 38 medications a day. By September 1, 2001, Connie was extremely depressed. Also, Physically challenged and unable to work. Knowing that stress was a major detrimental factor for anyone with Lupus. Most importantly, she decided to take control of her life and make some needed changes. Connie changed her diet and picked up an instructional video on yoga for stress relief. After watching the video several times, she started practicing yoga, starting with beginner yoga and only doing little bits at a time. After several months of yoga practice, Connie learned how breathing exercises could calm her mind and body. In doing so, she was able to meditate and focus on her inner-self.
By August of 2004, Connie was down to one medication a day and practicing Yoga regularly. Her journey into a Yoga lifestyle has helped her to realize that “we are all in control of our health.” Stress and the way we react to it, are in our control. In September of 2004, she returned to work full-time, medication-free and the Lupus is gone!
Over the years, Connie has studied numerous forms of yoga including Bikram, Iyengar, and Astanga. She also participated in an intensive 7-day Isha Yoga course which enhanced her breathing and gave her a deeper understanding of yoga as well as, herself. Yoga leads her into a new mission of sharing the journey with others. Connie is passionate about helping others, and her passion led her to teach yoga in 2005. She has taught yoga classes from beginner to advanced. Also, she offers private, semi-private and group yoga lessons for individuals with special needs. Connie Fedel thrives on helping all her students to find health and healing from within.
Connie’s dream of having a serene, tranquil place to practice and teach yoga became a reality in May 2011. The doors to Taylor Yoga on Telegraph Road in Taylor, MI. opened. “It has been an exciting and incredibly rewarding story, Thank you for reading and becoming part of it. Yoga helps people to see that physical, mental and emotional problems can be avoided when each of us looks after ourselves in a more caring manner. Through the practice of yoga we create consciousness within yourself, an inner peace which allows us to reach out and help others.” Connie says.
The Connie Fedel Journey …
By Practicing yoga, Connie has found her passion, to help others locate the healing within and actually to touch lives in the deepest form. Her dream is ‘making an actual difference in our world’ simply by paying-it-forward. Compassion, kindness, being one within and finding peace within yourself are the starting point to being able to help yourself and every person you come in contact with, every day of your life. Think about how easy it is to make someone’s day simply with a smile – and in today’s society we are always rushing through creating many struggles. People rarely slow down enough to take proper care and nurture from the inside out. Yoga indeed allows people to find peace and well-being within themselves, and she wants to lead the way!
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