Everyone knows that Chicago yoga classes are good for the body, heart and soul, but who knew they were good for the kidneys? According to a breaking report from the Independent, a brief conversation in a Chicago yoga studio ultimately saved the lives of thirty patients with renal failure.
Now, it's no secret that this holistic mind-body regimen has direct benefits for each of the organ systems, kidneys included. But this story is about the indirect, interpersonal ways that yoga can transform lives.
According to the news source, it all began when Rick Ruzzamenti, an electrical contractor from California, had a talk with a friend in yoga class about giving a stranger in need a kidney. He decided to donate his.
The niece of his 66-year-old recipient had wanted to donate to her uncle, but she wasn't a match. So she decided to give her kidney to another stranger who was a match…
And so on, and so on, until the last person in a chain of 60 donors and recipients received a kidney this week at Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center.
That's the power of yoga! It changes lives in more ways than anyone could ever imagine.