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On this week’s episode of Phoenix Tales, Giulia Pline joins Yuliana today to discuss the skiing accident that changed her life mentally, physically, and emotionally. An ex dancer turned yoga instructor, Giulia feels that the accident taught her to appreciate her body and its resilience. After breaking her arm, collarbone, six ribs, puncturing her lung, and lacerating a liver in the accident, she underwent an intense healing process emotionally and physically, which she describes here today.
Giulia highlights the fact that she had to reckon with her emotions far more than she anticipated considering she lacked the full range of her body. In the wake of the accident, she felt an immense sense of guilt and fear, and she notes that she misses how carefree she used to be before this five year healing process began. Journaling and breathwork, however, have really helped her through it all. Above all else though, she’s found a deep sense of gratitude for her body and its strength, because she realizes that it can be taken away from her in the blink of an eye. Yuliana and Giulia draw this episode to a close by expressing even more gratitude for the family and friends that stuck by her during her injury.
- Giulia’s ski accident
- Her healing process emotionally and physically
- Experiencing fear and guilt post-accident
- Learning who she is in the absence of movement
- The importance of breathwork and journaling
- Gratitude for her body and support network
- Her love for the Bee Gee’s “Shining Star”
“I broke my right upper arm, my right collarbone, six ribs, and suffered a punctured lung and a lacerated liver. So that landed me in the hospital for almost two weeks.”
“When I wanted to get back into teaching, I was still recovering. I still had my arm in a sling, and it was almost too soon that I had to go back to start making money again. But what it did was really force me to use my words and manage my energy in order to not burn out and still be taking care of myself while getting back into the swing of things.”
“So much happens when you get injured. But one of the things that happens is the map of your body that lives in your brain gets smudged, kind of like if you had a subway map in front of you, and you accidentally spilled coffee on it.”
“When something really traumatic happens, we have choices. We could go down the path that numbs it out so that we never feel that pain again, or we could slowly, with help and support of others, try to ease in there and learn from that experience.”
“It's a gratitude for having a body that can do all of the things that need to be done without me having to ask: the breathing, heart rate, circulation, digestion– Because when you're injured, or you had something happen, you really see how quickly that can shift and go away.”