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How YOGA helped me!

When I was depressed it was hard to go for a run or care about eating healthy. I just could not find an answer to the question; What's the point? Then someone would say; –But if you go for a run, you will feel more energetic and then you will feel that you can do a lot of other stuff and then you will feel more energetic because of that … It doesn’t work that way when you are depressed. I know the arguments are true when you are feeling fine. So the arguments just made me feel worse overall since it was so obvious that I was in really bad shape. For me, it was as if I was slowly dying and I didn’t know how to stop it. Being depressed, made me realize the level of ignorance I was representing when I just could not understand how someone, being depressed, could let go of themselves completely. Now I know what it means to be depressed. It is like a DEP REST. Real-life experience is always a great way to raise awareness. Now I am grateful for all the lessons my depression has given me. The only image I had in my head was the image of me, being on top, running a mile within an hour, and feeling great. That image just made me even more depressed. I had such a pain in my back around my pelvic area. At some point, I started moving my body in our living room. I just started stretching and I could feel how much my body really needed that stretch. I kept it simple. I had regular clothes on. I didn’t push myself to much. Eventually, I got involved with youtube and found Hatha yoga that is a slow, calm class. It was a very good entry for me to get my body moving again. My lesson: I needed to accept the fact that I was far away from being a person running. I was far away from everything but a slow-paced yoga and a slow-paced yoga was just fine, it was good enough. More than once we need to ”kill” and rebuild our self-image. Holding on to my old image of myself prevented the new image to come through. I have accepted that everything is energy and Hatha yoga is great for releasing energy that is stuck in my body. It is a great bodywork that was a crucial part for me, helping me to get out of my depression. Now it is great bodywork that helps me stay healthy and happy. Now I have yoga as a daily routine, sometimes only for 15 minutes, but I stretch my body every day. I feel the benefits of this every day. Yoga is a great way to heal. To control your mind and awareness just like meditation. There are so many great yoga teachers on youtube and a lot of it is free. I started out with this girl, Brett Larkin. Today I have my own favorite postures and I have music in my headphones that helps me stay focused in my zone. This is what I listen to during my yoga session. Gajumaru. During our vacation, I got up at 6 am, before the rest of the family, and did yoga for 45 minutes. If you would have told me this a year ago … I could never imagine that I would be THAT PERSON. So proud of myself. And this is why I do it, why I do yoga:

  • Decreased level of stress

  • Decreased level of anxiety

  • I experience an overall improved quality of life. More present, more grounded.

  • Helps me stay happy

  • Promotes my sleep qualities

  • Improves my flexibility and balance. I notice it every time I sit on the floor playing with my kids. Or just picking up stuff from the floor. Or getting out of bed in the morning. My body feels younger.

  • Improves my breathing, in and out of yoga. It is easier to breath

  • Promotes healthy eating habits. The body is a vehicle of everything else in me. Yoga makes me fall back in love with my body and treat it better again

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