How Yoga Saved My Life + Can Save Yours

A lot of yogis say this, but I know that it’s true from my own experience:

I didn’t find yoga, yoga found me.

Yoga found me during the darkest time of my life to date, and it’s been with me ever since. Yoga carried me through heartbreak, celebration, stress, depression, sickness, and extreme happiness.

Yoga has proven to be one of the best friends i’ve ever had – always honest, always quiet, always there when you need it.

Yoga gently allows us to look at ourselves – our real selves – without judgement.  Not societies version of who we should be, but who our soul and the universe intends for us to be. Yoga reminds us that we are all one and when one of us hurts, we all hurt. When one of us feels joy, we all feel touched by joy.

Yoga taught me that I am compassionate, sensitive, and inspired. My practice also showed me that I am impatient, hot-tempered, and insecure at times.  All of the aspects of yourself yoga will show to you, and will show to you in a nonjudgmental light. 

Something really magical happens when we step on our mat and start to do our opening sun salutations.  Stored energy experienced as anxiety, heartache, sadness, etc., is released and given space to breathe within our bodies.  It is in this space that we are able to realize that all emotions are simply stagnant energy within our bodies, and yoga gives us the ability to move energy around like no other practice i’ve ever tried.  That’s what I believe causes the natural ‘yoga high’ – a release of blocked energy and renewed open channels to invite love, happiness, and success into your life.

Not only do I credit yoga single-handedly for getting me through the worst parts of my Chronic Fatigue/anxiety ordeal, but I also am incredibly grateful for the respect my practice gave me for my body.  Prior to starting a dedicated yoga practice, I viewed all food as ‘bad’ and used diets and exercise as punishment for my body for not fitting into what society tells us we should look like.  Today I can proudly say that even on the worst body confidence days, I have the love and respect for my body to feed it and move it but not overdo it.  Without yoga, I know I would still be attached to my old patterns around food and exercise.

Yoga has saved me, enhanced me, and enriched my life so much. It has become a huge part of my philosophy on life and my personal beliefs. I pray that everyone has a beautiful experience with this ancient practice that is so important to me and many, many others.  May it heal you, embrace you, and bring you back to the oneness of life.

Lots of love and downward dogs,
Katie

5 thoughts on “How Yoga Saved My Life + Can Save Yours

  1. I am trying to make a big commitment to Yoga. My mother does it daily and I can see how much it helps her. Do you have recommendations on what yoga to do? I feel like there is so much information, I don’t know where to start!

    1. Daily yoga is the most precious gift we can give to our minds, bodies, and souls. I really believe that. Don’t worry about doing too much all at once – do 20 minutes of hatha to begin, and look up a video on youtube. For me, buying a YogaGlo subscription has made yoga SO easy to do anywhere. There are thousands of videos from different teachers and it offers different styles (vinyasa/yin/hatha/etc.), various lengths of time (10 min-90 min),and levels (1,1-2,3+). For $18 a month, it makes it cheaper than ONE yoga class at my nearby studios.

      1. Wow! Thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely check out YogaGlo. All the Yoga classes where I live are very expensive and my financial situation won’t allow me to do that. I have bought a Yoga DVD and have been doing that so far and I enjoy it but I get a bit restless doing the same routine every day so I think YogaGlo could be a good way to go!! I will let you know how it goes 🙂
        Thank you!

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