Rodrigo Souza: adapting to life in a wheelchair
Rodrigo was born and raised in Brazil by a free-spirited mother. From a young age, core values such as gratitude and kindness were taught to him along with a sense of curiosity and adventure due to many house moves.
At 22 years-old, Rodrigo decided he wanted to learn English and see more of the world. So he moved to London! He spent 9 years there, working for a few months, saving money, then spending it all on traveling around the world for a few months... then repeat!
Unfortunately during one of his adventures exploring Brazil, Rodrigo fell and damaged his spine. This accident left him paralyzed and he is now using a wheelchair. After a few hard years, he joined an organization in Sweden which helps people adapt to their own disabilities. During one of the workshops, he demonstrated some yoga movements to other people in wheelchairs to alleviate some of their pain. Little did he know, this moment would change the course of his life and would lead him to become a yoga teacher.
He now helps other disabled people to reconnect with their body and heal their traumas through yoga.
A story of gratitude, perseverance, but also an insightful conversation to learn and understand more about the way society treats and sees people with disabilities and what we can do to change things.
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