My name is Dorothy Abercrombie and I am the owner of Two Turtles Yoga Studio in Lexington, SC. I am regionally certificated yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance. I have a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University (a SACS accredited University and recognized by the U. S. Department of Education) where I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I am also a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner at the Lexington Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
A Glimpse of my History
I am an avid yoga practitioner and mother of four dogs and two regal cats.
My Personal Story with yoga
When I was 28 years old I developed a series of symptoms that most allopathic doctors label Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I was prescribed a regiment of medicines that my doctor explained would not cure my problem, but suppress its symptoms. He also explained I would probably have to take these the rest of my life. He was an excellent doctor and sincere person who has sadly retired.
On the way into Lexington, SC to fill the prescription, I decided to stop at the local Lexington library to look up the medications and their side effects. I discovered these might be more life altering than the symptoms they controlled! Being from the rural south I was raised around folk medicine, so I was open minded to alternative forms of treatment. This trip into Lexington, SC began a journey for me that led me to yoga as a way of life. After starting to research IBS, I tore up my prescriptions.
With the help of medical practitioners, I found a combination of Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, homeopathy, yoga and diet therapy that targeted IBS for me. After talking to these alternative health professionals and seeing the effectiveness of their approaches, a new world of knowledge was opened to me! With the encouragement of my husband, I decided to continue pursuing it in the form of an undergraduate degree in alternative medicine while continuing to practice yoga on a daily basis in the Lexington, SC area.
These studies led to my interest in herbology, acupuncture and Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a homeopathic based medical system from India that can be broken down into six philosophies of life (viewpoints of treatment in Western terms), one of which is yoga. This served to deepen the discovery for me!
I always thought yoga was something exotic and expensive – like polo at a private club, I was still growing in so many ways! Instead, I found out this was an ancient form of proactive maintenance for both the body and mind. This was for everyone! Even me!
After graduating I continued formal studies in yoga. I hope to be able to eventually acquire graduate degrees in both herbology and acupuncture. But first I want to share what I’ve learned about yoga with you.
Please take a few moments to look over our the class schedule for our yoga classes here in Lexington. Also, drop me a note, I would love to hear from you. Thank you for taking time out of your life to read this introduction: Namaste.