Why we built tummee.com for yoga teachers. Published on 29 August 2016.
It was my third trip to the emergency room in just over two years. I had fainted in the middle of the night at my home because of the excruciating pain in my neck. I could not even move my finger. The doctor said that my body was "de-generating" and there was nothing I could do about it. I was only in my 30s.
I was too young, or at least that's what I wanted to think. Over 10 years, I had looked for answers to my chronic health issues with the best hospitals and doctors in California and abroad. My closet was full of medicines and blood test reports; and my calendar of hospital appointments.
One morning, I asked my wife how does it feel to not have pain in the body? It had been 10 years. I had forgotten.
My parents and my wife suggested with a faint hope that I try Yoga. I thought to myself that I had nothing to lose. So I started learning yoga from my wife.
We started doing only Classic Sun Salutations every morning. It was painful to say the least. Days turned into weeks. I could bend forward in standing forward fold pose. Weeks turned into months. I could do downward facing dog pose. The pain started fading. Before I knew it, 6 months had passed by. The pain had subsided but the fear remained.
Then, one day I said to my wife, "Do you know it has been a year and I haven't visited a doctor?". That weekend, we emptied my closet full of medicines. Our joy had no bounds. I had no fear. I was free.
Yoga returned me my life.
I subsequently left my previous startup to start building www.tummee.com - yoga poses for chronic health issues. With feedback from yoga teachers we added yoga sequence builder tool. 50% of yoga poses and 75% of features we have are the direct result of feedback from yoga teachers like you. It is a work in progress. It is an unending journey.
It has now been 3 years since I started doing yoga and try to do it every morning. I don't take any medicines and wake up without any pain in my body. But, I haven't forgotten how it was.
I firmly believe that yoga teachers can help people live healthier lives and avoid unnecessary suffering in the world. At tummee.com we strive daily to meet that goal, we take baby steps everyday, and we make progress based on feedback from yoga teachers. It is a platform literally being built by yoga teachers for yoga teachers. I look forward to hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga Student and Founder, Tummee.com