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April 14, 2021 45 min
We are excited to bring you today’s episode with Joya Santarelli. Born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin, Joya served as Miss Wisconsin 2000 and competed in the 80th Annual Miss America Pageant. Joya attended Villanova University School of Law and practiced litigation in Milwaukee and taught legal courses at Marquette University. She is married to Dr Greg Santarelli and has two sons, Rocky and Tino. Joya’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 9 years ago. Quickly she became involved in the MS Community becoming a spokesperson for The Multiple Sclerosis Society and traveling to Washington DC to meet with national legislators regarding issues pertaining to MS. Joya dove head first into fitness after her diagnosis, running numerous half marathons, 10Ks and practicing yoga. Yoga became such an instrumental part of her life living with MS that Joya became a certified yoga instructor and currently teaches over 400 students at her studio, Santosha Yoga. 00:00:49 Laura and Gina introduce Joya Santarelli 00:01:55 Visit to subscribe and give a kind review. 00:02:12 Our Sponsor today is the Zen Roller and we love it! Go to, click on the Sponsor page to find The Zen Roller, use HEALTH10 at checkout for a discount 00:02:55 Gina & Laura talk about listening to your “gut” and taking action to check it out. 00:04:38 Gina & Laura welcome Joya. Joya explains her health interruption and her symptoms that went undiagnosed until she pushed for an answer. 00:08:05 Joya explains that Kenosha, WI is a hotbed for MS with a high incidence rate. 00:09:07 Low Vitamin D levels may be the reason for the high incidence of MS in Kenosha. 00:09:54 Joya asks her doctor what she can do to beat this disease and he says start practicing YOGA! Her whole life changed forever. Gina gives a standing ovation for the doctor. 00:12:35 Joya talks about Tysabri, the drug infusion she is taking. She has no new lesions and her disease has been at a standstill for 9 yrs! 00:16:11 Gina asks Joya if she was always into fitness and she explains that she was never into it. The MS diagnosis got her started on her fitness journey. It's never too late. 00:17:35 Joya’s dog, Frank, does yoga with her on zoom. 00:19:14 Joya explains that she got her Yoga Certification through The Yoga Alliance in Chicago. She started her Yoga practice in her backyard in the middle of COVID! 00:21:32 Joya recalls the social unrest in Kenosha in 2020 but yoga brought something beautiful to the community. 00:025:17 Joya gives advice on where to go to get information if you think you have symptoms and don't know where to turn as well as for people who have been recently diagnosed with MS. CATCH IT EARLY. BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has chapters in every city. There are scholarships for kids who have MS. 00:28:18 Joya finds out today that she has been diagnosed with yet another health interruption that will require surgery. 00:33:30 Joya talks about how anxiety medication has helped her immensely 00:35:00 Laura & Gina put Joya in the health seat for tips on fitness, nutrition, mental/spiritual and beauty! 00:38:31 Gina can’t understand why Joya and she haven’t talked about being Italian yet. 00:39:44 Joya reveals she hasn't worn makeup for a year and Gina is in disbelief at how she looks so amazing. Then Joya reveals she gets Botox in her kitchen from her doctor husband. 00:44:40 Laura & Gina thank Joya for being such an inspiring guest. Consistency = Results Connect with our guest Joya Santarelli Instagram: @joyasantarelli & @santoshayoga_joya Connect with the Hosts of Health Interrupted: Instagram: Gina Lombardi Laura Kaeppeler Or go to for more information KEYWORDS Multiple Sclerosis Yoga MS Fitness Motivation Botox Exercise
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