Hey there! My name is Dana and I’m the founder of YogaBabeLife.com. My mission is to help women to celebrate what sets them apart, and absolutely adore their life and the body they’re living in.
I’ve lived with Crohn’s Disease for as long as I can remember. Just over a year ago, I was told by my doctor that I would need to have my entire colon (large intestine) removed because it had become so severely diseased. So much so that not removing it would be fatal. This was an extremely scary situation, it meant that I’d be living with an ileostomy (a bag attached to my stomach that the you-know-what comes out of!) for the rest of my life. I don’t like to admit it, but at first, I thought I’d rather die than live with an ostomy. How would anyone ever want to be around me, how could anyone ever love me? It was paralyzing. The hospital had become my second home, and my desperate attempts to resist surgery only made me more weak. On December 7th, 2012, I had my entire colon removed.
There are no words that can come close to describing the process that I have had to go through in order to accept and love my body again. It’s been a roller coaster. But, I find comfort in my faith, in returning to my mat, building my strength through working out, and feeling how much stronger my body has become without the disease weakening me. I am so passionate about helping other women to love and accept their own bodies no matter what they think their biggest imperfections happen to be.
I felt such a strong call to launch YogaBabeLife.com within months after my surgery. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead an amazing international community of women. I’ve found that allowing myself to be vulnerable is what heals me. Opposite of what we think, vulnerability draws us closer together than setting us further apart.
My yoga mat has become a sanctuary, a safe place, for me to begin to love my new body. My practice helps me to cultivate compassion for myself, my body, and for the community that I serve. I’ve found that yoga and meditation force me to be present, to push through the tough feelings that come up, and to be grateful, rather than resentful, of the obstacles I’ve faced.
There is beauty in vulnerability. Allow yourself to step into who you truly are meant to be, and you’ll give others permission to do the same. Embrace your scars and express gratitude to the challenges in your life. Wisdom is a shift in perspective, and challenges arise as opportunities for growth. Allow each of your obstacles to soften your heart and expand your love.
“What shames us, what we most fear to tell, does not set us apart from others; it binds us together if only we can take the risk to speak it.” –Starhawk
All my love,