Hey everyone, Clarissa here! I wanted to welcome you all to my site. I will start by telling my story where it feels most comfortable and where it holds most significance here, at my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and my yoga journey that followed shortly after.
My name is Clarissa Hidalgo and I have had MS for 9 years. I was diagnosed on December 24, 2010, I was 19, fand it felt like my life had only begun. I couldn’t help but think why me? It still brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat when I think about the beginning days. I was a college student; I had no time to think about this disease, so I didn’t. I ignored it. I skipped my every day injections often due to severe panic attacks, I lost so much weight that the shots bruised and indented all parts of my body. I was a mess emotionally, physically, and mentally.
I pushed myself to graduate in three years with a BA in 2012. I applied to grad school senior year despite the ever-changing symptoms and issues, and was accepted into three out of the four MSW programs to which I had applied. But one week into my first year of grad school, I took the first of what would be several medical leaves: I had to. My physical abilities declined to the point that my neurologist was ready to fit me for a walker. I was so used to being so busy that my life almost came to a halt. I had neglected my own self-care far too much. So, being on break I did the only thing I could do, was forced to do, and took care of myself.
I began regular and steady volunteer work with the Modesto MS Society, building my support system, creating my networks, eventually being elected Central Valley MS Ambassador 2018
I discovered yoga and it changed my life forever. All thanks to assistance from the MS Society, I was able to continue my practice always in one way or another. Even though grad school was something I did, yoga fed my soul always. It allowed me to walk again, wear heels by God, even run sometimes. Things I thought were gone forever for certain became a possibility with simple self-care! It was at that moment in time that I vowed with these gifts I had so fortunately been given back, I would do everything in my power to take care of myself.
While on a medical leave in 2014, I became pregnant with my daughter and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. MS was almost nonexistent to me for nine months, I couldn’t believe it. I practiced regular and prenatal yoga faithfully during pregnancy; I learned to love myself through my changes and most of all, my child. Giving life allowed me to see life for what it really is and what matters, and appreciate it. Not long after that I decided to leave grad school completely to become a registered yoga teacher.
And so here I am. I am currently a part-time yoga instructor and the full time mom of a 3 year old. I have been doing yoga since 2012 and I will say it a million times: yoga saved me physically, emotionally, mentally… you name it. I became certified to teach yoga in the spring of 2017 and I specialize in accessible yoga.
I now run Adaptive (among other) yoga classes and am certified through the NMSS in Adaptive Yoga for MS. I run both in-person and online private sessions for clients; customizing and modifying routines for everything from fibromyalgia to multiple sclerosis. I am an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and a proud advocate of yoga for everyone.
My MS has been in remission for years now as well.
I am incredibly grateful and humbled with where I stand today in life. Having been diagnosed at an early age, it’s almost unthinkable where my life has brought me to today. But like I will say to anyone that asks, “MS is the best worst thing that has ever happened to me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
When my MS became difficult, so did life. I realized my health was priority, and needed to be for so many others! I do this for myself, but most of all I do it for all of you.
I am YOUR ACCESSIBLE YOGA TEACHER! I am here to improve your quality of life and make doing it easier and fun all the way!