Jim Tucker remembers waking up after intestinal surgery in November 2010. When he came to, doctors told him his stomach was infected and that he had gone into septic shock. His limbs weren’t getting any blood and they wanted to amputate all four. They showed him his arms and legs, now purple and numb. The decision was simple, and he made it quickly: “My first thought was, ‘Amputate them now because it’s spreading.'”
Emerging from the hospital seven months later, with simple prostheses in place of his limbs, Jim faced an uphill battle. He was still able to work as an indoor horticulturalist, but he had to relearn how to live everyday life. Over the last three years he learned how to drive, walk and play with his dog, but he shied away from one of his greatest former passions: yoga.
“I had a pretty intense practice of doing (yoga) about three times a week,” he said. “I just remember it being the best time of my life.” It was a practice Jim had to forgo until he met Kate Dessommes, a yoga instructor who was putting together free “Yoga for Amputees” classes, as well as “Yoga Warriors” classes for veterans. They started with a few short sessions at Jim’s house, but after six months he decided it was time to get back in the studio. Continue reading >>