Celebrity yoga instructor and holistic health coach Koya Webb was a college track star on her way to compete in the Olympics when a life-altering injury abruptly shifted her focus towards yoga. The diagnosis wasn’t good—she had sustained a stress fracture in her back and was told her track career was over. Koya was encouraged to give yoga a try to aid in her recovery so she could return to her beloved sport.

During her first yoga class, Koya was told to “just breathe“. That was her a-ha moment—she got tingles in her body and was inspired to keep showing up on the mat to continue her healing journey. After eventually being derailed by a second track injury, Koya enrolled in a yoga teacher training program and as she puts it, “fell in love with yoga.”

Curious about the rest of Koya’s recovery journey? Watch her inspirational “Beyond The Mat” video below: