At the age of 21 Shannon battled with cervical cancer ferociously….and won. Although she had survived cancer, the battle with depression, especially the pressure and anxiety of how she should feel “lucky” for having survived, nearly crippled her. She narrates how many people, after surviving life threatening circumstances, are also robbed of the ability to smile for real, the ability to connect, and the ability to hope.
“Depression is hard. Depression is gross. And Depression is Mean.” A doctor stepped in and told her to get back into her body, volunteer, and do yoga. For Shannon, the battle with depression was actually as hard as battling cancer.
Through this, Shannon discovered that while, yoga can’t heal depression, getting into your body can change the mind and create a state of empowerment, stability, and release.