I am passionate about health because I was overweight. My family nicknamed me "Fatso" and others followed. My mom told me I needed to lose weight so I went on a diet as a teen, became anorexic at 17. Then, my mom dragged me to see a doctor who gave me a choice. "Start eating or you may lose your teeth or have early osteoporosis." I didn't want that, so I began to eat more but felt resentful of my mom when I should be grateful. In the winter of 2007, I got really sick but didn't have health insurance, so I took over-the-counter drugs and avoided seeing a doctor. I had a fever and felt as if I couldn't breath. Then, I realized that breath is life and no one was going to help me be healthy unless I help myself. I drank lots of water, took an aspirin, relied on my mom for some TLC and visualized getting well as I feel asleep. Also told myself that I was responsible for being sick so I took 100% control of my health and made a declaration that I'd be healthy. When I woke up the next day, I felt much better. My fever was gone and I could really breathe. At that time I was certified to teach yoga, but didn't feel confident as a yoga teacher, so I just practiced at home. I believe yoga has many health and side benefits. Yoga changed my life. My upcoming book: Dream: Creating a Better World (How Yoga Changed My Life) is about the life lessons that I've learned through yoga.