When I asked Dusty what makes Karma Yoga and Fitness special, he replied himself and his team. He told me that it is his passion and drive to make Karma Yoga the most amazing studio that really makes all the difference. I could not agree more, it really is the energy of the team that adds connection and makes one feel comfortable from the moment they walk through the door.
From first glance you might not expect Dusty to be the owner of a yoga studio so we wanted to introduce him to the community and let you know a little about his journey to this practice and ultimately becoming the owner of a studio.
Yoga Saved My Life
From birth, all I ever wanted to be was an athlete. Yet there I was in laying on a bed in Kelowna General Hospital being told I would never run again. I remember hysterically crying for days, as in one moment all my dreams, goals and aspirations immediately dissipated. It was the worst night of my life.
Nearly 10 years ago, this was my reality. In a freak accident at big white, my friend and I collided putting his snowboard halfway through my knee right below my knee cap, completely severing my patellar tendon. The look on every single persons face on the terrifying trip down the hill told me I was in major trouble. Once at the hospital, they drilled holes in my knee cap and shin, attached my patellar tendon with wires, and put me in a full leg cast for a year!
That was a terribly humbling year not being able to take care of myself. Even worse was the day the cast came off. I clearly remember sitting on that table telling my leg to move, and not being able to move it. It was a very scary feeling. This leg, the one that had ran, jumped, won championships, and walked me through my life, remained perfectly still. My brain was consumed with thoughts of never being able to walk again. With the help of my family I made it home and so began my long journey towards recovery.
Determined to overcome the odds set against me, I began my daily physiotherapy visits to improve movement in my leg. Slowly, the progress came. The day I was able to get my leg to compete a full cycle on a stationary bike was a glorious day, one I will never forget. I was soon able to drive and spent most of the next year at the YMCA swimming and running in the pool.
My leg was getting much stronger and I was seeing consistent improvements. I was recommended yoga as the next step in my recovery, something I had never tried. I wasn’t flexible, could barley sit down and hated yoga. Luckily I found yoga teachers Sheila Chutskoff and Laura Martini at Oranj Fitness. I would rarely practice yoga, but with their encouragement, support and guidance, my practice evolved and I began to see results. Eventually, my yoga practice, swimming, personal training from Kaluun Chatham, and my own internal desire to conquer my injury, allowed me to run!
My body was almost fully healed but my mind wasn’t. I was bored with my career, lost in a world of partying, and found myself moving to Vancouver in search of something more. I found it at YYoga where I fell in love with hot yoga and eventually took my teacher training. There I learned that yoga was not just the physical stretching that had helped with my injury, but rather a lifestyle. Yoga was a way of thinking and living.
My life was forever changed. I appreciated the power of controlling my daily thoughts so they could materialize into actions and affect my life. The philosophies of Karma now made sense to me as a great way to live life. Every decision I make either brings me closer, or further away from my goals. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or can’t; you’re right”. Whether you look to the placebo effect in science, the teachings of karma in religion, or even in the movie “The Secret”, the idea is the same; you can influence your own destiny. Still, millions of people fail to take advantage of this simple tool.
I recently purchased “Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio” in June of this year with the goal of helping others heal as I did. Yoga is an exceptional practice that has the ability to repair both your body and mind. It can increase cardio, lower body fat, and reduce stress, but also improve the quality of your life. We have a beautiful studio downtown located at 1445 Ellis st, and offer a full range of products and services like foam rollers and massage. Come allow me to help you change your body, and your life, here at Karma Yoga + Fitness.