We met on Instagram, through this image of Quinn in physical therapy. I doubt I would have noticed, or even been given the chance to see it if I also had not been in physical therapy after major knee surgery. Scrolling back through her feed, it was clear that Quinn’s life had abruptly shifted. Below the pictures of her in the hospital, x-rays, rehab, and laughing and crying with friends were photos of her rock climbing, handstanding, running, and laughing and crying with friends. Her story drew me to her and simultaneously deeply into myself. Quinn agreed to come out and make some yoga movies with us, resulting in Season 1 of Yoga for Paralysis and Dear Diary. We got to play together for a week resulting in new friendships, powerful insights, and lots of laughter.
Coupled with all of Quinn’s Instagram photos are raw, beautiful field notes from deep inside the experience of radical, unexpected change. She exposes the after effects of an experience in which so many aspects of the identity are suddenly unavailable, taken, ripped out. The question of “Who Am I” (Ko-hum) is central to the study of yoga. Rarely do we even bother to ask such a question until our world gets rocked. Quinn’s technicolor unfiltered account of the inner workings of her heart, mind and body after her reality gets T-boned will draw you back into your self-study with renewed vitality. Her willingness to admit that this sucks, expose her loneliness, doubts and fears right along side her joy, her depth of gratitude, and adventure pics will create a new space for the wholeness of you.