Lifted Pilates™ Founder Recently Featured in “Women’s Health” Magazine

“I Was in a Coma – But No One Knew I Was Awake”

“Women’s Health” Magazine published an article about my health journey. It describes how I was “awake” while in a coma, my death, and my return to life. It has taken me many years to be well enough – and brave enough to share my story in this way. The article focuses on the onset of my illness. Opening myself to this process with the “Women’s Health Magazine” team, and the heartfelt responses I have received, has helped free me. I plan to write more about my experience in death and what my recovery taught me about the power to heal that lies within each of us.

I have learned what it takes to recover when no medical professional believed it possible. And I have felt what it is to live in this world when one is ill and with physical limitations. I am grateful for the lessons gained in empathy, knowledge of the body and healing – and patience. For this didn’t come right away.

I try to carry what I learned in everything I do. It is with this knowledge and love that I have been teaching others in my private practice for sixteen years. My hope in sharing this article and future ones, is to help instill hope, strength, and what I have learned about harnessing the body’s ever-present source of strength and renewal.

Here is the link to the “Women’s Health” article. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this article and your interest in learning more. And if you feel to share, I would love to hear your story.

This post is very personal and comes from my heart. And so I sign it… With love, Julie



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About the author : Julie Cheifetz

Julie Cheifetz
Julie Lyon Cheifetz, founder of Lifted Pilates™, has been teaching for twenty years and specializes in rehabilitation of healthy movement in special populations. She left an eighteen-year business career to bring what she learned in her personal health journey to inspire others to reach for renewed strength and health at any age. Her experiences of a fatal complication during childbirth that left her in a coma, temporarily wheel-chair bound and with advanced-stage kidney disease was featured in “Woman’s Health” Magazine and her articles on Pilates and wellness topics have been published in industry publications. She is certified through BASI Pilates®, PhysicalMind™ Institute and Pilates Method Alliance and has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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