By Christine Graf
Saratoga Springs native Samantha Lyman is the new owner of Yana Yoga located in the Malta Commons Business Park at 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard in Malta.
She purchased the business from Amber LaPointe who continues to teach classes at the yoga studio.
Lyman has been practicing yoga for 13 years, but it wasn’t until six years ago that she became a certified yoga instructor. She pursued her training after experiencing a medical crisis that altered the course of her life. At that time, she had two young children and was working 80-hour weeks for a local property preservation company.
“I woke up one morning and I was paralyzed,” she said. “I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t talk. My vision was impaired.”
The Utica College graduate was rushed to Albany Medical Center and for the next four months she was in and out of the hospital. Her condition baffled doctors who eventually concluded that Lyman suffers from an autoimmune disease that causes her adrenal glands to shut down when her body in under stress. Although her actual diagnosis was inconclusive, she said the disease is similar to lupus.
It was only after Lyman adopted a holistic lifestyle which included eating only “food from the ground” that her health gradually started to improve.
“Before my illness, I was eating processed foods, working ridiculously long hours, and practicing no self-care,” she said. “I started drinking celery juice non-stop, eating lots of sweet potatoes and greens, and practicing a lot of medication and yoga. It was through that mind body connection that I was able to bring myself out of it. After I got back into my yoga practice, I never put it back down again. It literally saved my life.”