JF: In my teens I was prescribed yoga as a remedy for chronic pain and fibromyalgia, but I absolutely hated it! I was required to take yoga as my only gym class throughout high school. I tried yoga in gym class, yoga at the YMCA, yoga at dance studios, but honestly I was so bored by every class. Even worse, I found it physically painful, because I had little conscious awareness of my body, joints, and breath. I kept trying yoga but it only frustrated me more. The entire concept was out of my grasp. Finally a boyfriend broke up with me for not being “enlightened enough,” and I said to myself: this is bullshit. I can figure out this yoga stuff, which led me on a life changing trip. Through much needed self work, I took on a new outlook and approach to life. I was going to be positive and I was going to happy, no matter what. So this time I approached yoga with a bit more self-awareness, and it actually got easier with every practice; soon I was hooked. I found something beyond the physical—I was finding a way to be with myself, to like myself, a way to feel cosmic without being chemically induced. The feeling and experience was totally electric.