Today we’d like to introduce you to Linette Menaskan.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story is a bit extravagant, but I’ll try to keep it somewhat short and simple! In the spring of 2014, I was enrolled in a yoga/pilates class at Pasadena City College along with a few other courses needed for my major. I was then proposed to by my ex-husband and needed to drop all my courses for the semester to take on a full-time receptionist position in order for myself to show income for the both of us to pull out a loan and purchase a house. Oddly enough, all my courses dropped through the college site, but for some strange reason, the yoga class did not. I received an ‘F’ for the course, because I never continued showing up, thinking the system had dropped me. I then filed a petition, which was unsuccessful.
In December 2015, I was cheated on, just 4 months after my marriage. I’m sure it had happened before, but that is the time I witnessed it myself. In the spring of 2016 (6 months after I was married), I retook the yoga/pilates course in order to replace the ‘F’ letter grade. I was not happy with my marriage… at all. I was very depressed, but could not admit to it. I thought everything would work out, that he’d stop drinking, that he’d stop using cocaine, that I can forgive him. I thought that I can fix it. One of the mornings in yoga/pilates class (February 2016), my teacher said to the class, “I need you guys to look more alive! It is not fun for me to teach while watching your sad, unhappy faces!” Of course, as an empath, I took it so personally. I knew she was directly talking to me. I then realized that I needed to leave. I needed to start over and I did not care at all what people would think or say about me. My best friend and my mom helped me pack all my belongings in a matter of about 5 hours and that was it.
It was easily the hardest and one of the most scariest things I’ve done in my life. With all that happening, yoga got me through it and it continues to help me through it… through life and all the ups and downs that life has to offer. And that is why I go by “DailyDoseYoga”. On top of all of this, I have an auto-inflammatory disease known as Familial Mediterranean Fever Disease. This is a whole other long story to be shared, which I’d love to do so. My first attack occurred in September of 2008. Every single month, I’d have these unusual attacks, not knowing what it was caused by. Just like that, it drove me insane. I would always tell my family, “something is wrong with my health, this pain is not normal”. I would be in bed for approximately 3 days dealing with excruciating pain with each attack. It held me back from school, from work, from my social life and everything in between. I truly felt helpless, and crazy. I would google sicknesses trying to figure out what’s wrong because every time I’d go to the ER, they said it’s nothing. It could be stress, it could be growing pains, it could be menstrual cramps. A doctor once told my mom I was exaggerating so that I can skip out from school. I was furious when I heard that.
In 2014, I took the Familial Mediterranean Fever Disease blood work test. Results came out positive, but my doctor said I am fine. I triple checked and said, “Are you sure? It says positive…?”. He said, “I’m sure, you’re fine.” Anyways, years later, a marriage and a divorce later, many ER visits later, I switched doctors and at the first visit (August 2016), I told my doctor, “I know there is something wrong with me, and I need you to help me figure this out. Here is a list of all my symptoms from the past 8 years.” He sent me for blood work and tested me for all sorts of diseases (lupus, arthritis, inflammation, etc.). He then sent me to a gastroenterologist, rheumatologist, gynecologist and to get some ultrasounds done. My gastroenterologist said I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which was on my list of possible health conditions… I had a guessing game going on). My rheumatologist said I have fibromyalgia (which was also on my list of possibilities). But then he asked me if I have Familial Mediterranean Fever Disease and instantly, I had a lightbulb moment. My gynecologist on the other hand mentioned that this is all possibly psychological. That in fact, I am causing this pain every month psychologically with my period. I laughed at her face, because I just did not know how else to respond. When I went back to my primary care doctor, I told him about the situation… I told him that I took the FMF test back in 2014 and it did show positive, but I was told I am fine. He sent me to retake the test.
Meanwhile, while waiting for the results of my blood work, my ultrasounds showed that I had gallstones (stones in my gallbladder) and I went to see a surgeon in December of 2016. He was sure that all my pain is from these gallstones. I was scheduled for surgery to remove my gallbladder on January 3, 2017. On December 28, 2016, I was diagnosed with Familial Mediterranean Fever Disease. As crazy as it sounds, it was one of the best days of my life. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that I am not crazy, knowing that my pain is real, it’s there, and now I knew how to work towards healing myself. I began looking at the practice of yoga in a whole different level at this point. Yoga was healing me, emotionally and physically, internally and externally. My health was improving and so was my emotional state.
In June of 2017, I quit my accounting job. In July of 2017, I flew to Thailand for a month and completed my yoga teacher training. This was the best decision and the best experience of my life. It was magical to be surrounded by individuals who were so like-minded, so optimistic, so spiritual and we were all there to grow from something that had pulled us down so very deeply. I know I am a healer. I’ve been told by many people that they enjoy talking to me, that my voice is soothing to their ear and that they feel calm when talking to me. People are able to easily open up to me and I love listening and hearing peoples stories. I know I have a purpose here on this Earth to heal people, and I am still waiting for that door to open, but I know it will open very soon.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve definitely had challenges, lots and lots of them. But those challenges, those bumps in my road, they are leading me to beautiful destinations. My auto-inflammatory disease and toxic relationship were just some of my struggles along the way.
Please tell us about DailyDoseYoga.
I’m still working towards building my business/company. For now, I am here to inspire individuals about the importance of self-love, the importance of yoga/meditation, and the healing powers that the two combined can have. I am currently teaching yoga at two studios and a park. My favorite and my students favorite is the park classes. It is definitely a different experience practicing in the fresh air and absorbing the nature.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I think childhood, I remember my experiences practicing/competing in gymnastics, the awesome outdoor games I’d play with my sister and cousins in our free time and my trip to Costa Rica with my parents (I love traveling and observing different cultures and their lifestyle).
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