Myra embraced the power of Ayurveda and Yoga after she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis , a condition her doctors said was “incurable.” Her career as a corporate executive and background in science and pharmaceuticals had previously made it difficult to manage her health. But that prognosis pushed her to seek out a holistic lifestyle that would allow her body and mind to find balance.
When Myra first began yoga she struggled to forward bend and her body was in constant pain. You find it hard to imagine this could be true for the flexible, glowing 65 year old women who effortlessly positioned her body in the most advanced of yoga asanas during our shoot.
When studying yoga in India under the guidance of Pattabhi Jois, he was concerned initially as Myra wasn't that young when she started practicing with him, around 38-39 years old. He helped her to work and move from the inside out and taught her how to ride the breath. Myra recalls she would sit on the stairs and watch Pattabhi closely. It wasn't about achieving the final pose, and he would only move people on if they were ready to progress in the practice.
Later in her life doctors told Myra she had leukaemia. Through self study and working with teachers, Myra discovered this was related to holding fear around her siblings, which surfaced in her relationships around the time of her father passing. Once Myra recognised this fear, it took only a few months process of healing incorporating the practices of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda to bring her body back into balance and full health.
Myra grew up in a time and career where modern science was the answer to everything, until Ayurveda exploded that concept for her. Myra is proof that the holistic practice of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda can work healing miracles on our bodies and enhance the quality of our lives.
With a society of women increasingly obsessed with defying ageing by using botox and other synthetic beauty treatments in an attempt to look younger. Myra's approach to inner beauty and health is a refreshing reminder that how we treat our bodies and minds, and choose to participate in our own lives, radiates through our entire physical being. Ultimately that is the true path to remaining youthful.