"Fear. Fear of losing control. Fear fuelled my phobia"

Meet @cathuyoga sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words 💚

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"I first started practising yoga in the beginning of my twenties because I was looking for a way to stretch my muscles before and after running

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Little did I know that years later I would go to India and become a 200h Hatha Yoga Teacher and teach yoga. I never intended to become a teacher of any kind but here I am today sharing my yoga journey and how a simple stretch turned into a lifestyle

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In the beginning I only practised the asanas but I soon realised that I was “craving” my stretch sessions even when I had not been running. As the mindfulness movement started spreading like a wildfire a lot of western research on the topic of meditation came my way & I became interested in learning how to meditate

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I set my goal low and promised myself to practise meditation 5 min. a day. After two weeks something extraordinary happened. I realised that I was no longer manically checking my bed sheets for unwelcome spiders before bed time. I had suffered from arachnophobia my entire adult life (not really understanding why) but without even “working” on it during meditation I accidently had found the root of my phobia: fear of loss of control

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If 5 min. could do that I can only imagine what truly entering the meditative state can do for me

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After years of trying to grasp the difference between the types of yoga “ the philosophy behind it, I decided to plunge into a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in my beloved Kerala, India. The 28 days I spent practising 12 hours a day did not give me all that yoga entails but it gave me the confidence to explore myself & live in the moment

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It feels like my journey has just begun and ahead of me are infinite opportunities but yoga grounds me and assures me that right now is all that matters

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I hope my story inspires others to try out any aspect of yoga: asanas, pranyama, meditation or yamas/niyamas

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If you have a body then you can practise yoga 💚