Nori Nolan credits yoga for bring her back to her family–as the daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother they deserve, and for rekindling her love for movement and dance, which she began studying at three years old, and teaching as a teen. Nori’s health took her to a very dark place in her life.
A herniated disc in her cervical spine was the beginning of over 20 years of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and degenerative disc disease, leading to three cervical spine surgeries, nerve damage that caused severe weakness in her right leg and a right foot-drop, a series of falls that resulted in a shattered left kneecap and fractured pelvis, and even more physical trauma. Nori became disabled, unable to walk, and spent three years battling her body, along with chronic migraines and a growing addiction to narcotic pain killers. That addiction caused her to become too paranoid to leave her home and ultimately she became bedridden.
The turning point in Nori’s life happened when she entered an occupational rehabilitation program at a pain clinic that included psychological, physical, nutritional, and yoga therapy. Nori Nolan fell in love with yoga! It helped her to find the strength to fight and beat her addiction to pain medications. A lumbar fusion helped to give new life to her right leg and foot, but it was yoga that helped her to regain her strength of “mind, body and spirit,” which she needed so desperately.
Nori knew then, that her dream was to become a gentle/restorative yoga teacher. The minute she walked through the door at A Gentle Way her intuition told her that she belonged here, and when she met Lanita she knew the universe had led her to her “lifelong” yoga home and teacher.