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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Keith Mitchell: Football to Yoga

Yogi in a Garden  (Public Domain)
When Keith Mitchell suffered a serious spinal injury on the playing field, his first response was:  This is embarrassing.

Turns out that it was a whole lot more than embarrassing.  Mitchell became paralyzed for six months, then needed a great deal of therapy to even walk again.  NFL participation was now out of reach.

As Mitchell put it:  When you’re on your back, you’re open for everything.  Even for yoga, which was definitely a stretch for this
linebacker with a “gladiator” mentality…

His therapist began instructing him in meditation.  Mitchell stated to HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill: My rehabilitation was very limited [due to the delicate nature of the spinal injury], so meditation changed my whole life.

Mitchell continues to devote a great deal of time and effort to yoga.  He now avidly passes on this wisdom to others.  He proclaims:  …it opened my mind to so many dimensions that I’m still learning on a daily basis and it’s really changed my life.  I’m so grateful.


Copyright April 11, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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