"A lifelong struggle with chronic pain & depression led me to addiction"

Meet artist & yogini @artbybonesy sharing #yogasavedmylife story with us ❤

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"For my entire life, my stomach hurt all the time. Sometimes the pain was enough to bring me to tears. Nothing helped my digestive issues, & doctors couldn’t offer me any relief. I tried to focus on other parts of my life, such as work & home life, but even that created more pain. As a retoucher, I worked 80-100 hour weeks at a desk staring at a screen. My left arm was completely numb from the elbow to the shoulder, & carpal tunnel made my wrist was a disaster. The doctor prescribed me pain killers for the pain of the carpal tunnel & arthritis, which only exacerbated my drug problem. My growing addictions came with depression. I felt trapped in a toxic relationship. After years of abusing drugs to numb my pain, my friend’s doctor recommended yoga, & she practically begged me to go with her. After the first 60 minute beginner class, I immediately felt relief -- both mentally and physically

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That was the beginning of my yoga journey -- almost 10 years ago. The more I practiced yoga, the less I needed drugs. After a couple of years, the drugs went away & yoga completely took over. Now, I do yoga every single day. The carpal tunnel or arthritis in my wrist are gone, & the feeling returned to my left arm! Physically, I have never felt better. My depression & stomach problems slowly disappeared. During that time, I also began researching a better diet. Yoga helped me sort out lots of problems, because I started to care about myself. Yoga gave me the courage to end a terrible relationship & quit my toxic job to start my life over at 29

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My life has completely changed, & so have my priorities. I get up every day, with gratitude, & get to my mat. As a RYT, I teach at two studios & am also pursuing my art career full time. My art and my yoga practice used to be separate, but now they are one. I paint about the sutras & explore yoga poses through my art as well as my mat. I take my yoga practice very seriously because my life quite literally depends on it. Without yoga, I don’t think I would be alive today 🙏"