"I was alone. Desperate. Disconnected from the beauty that surrounds us"

Meet @gantenbein17 sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us 💚

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. "I got interested in Yoga about 5 years ago, reading books & trying (surprisingly successfully) to reproduce some Asanas. At the time it seemed a fun way to keep fit & be creative . It was nice, but I did not really understand the true essence of yoga

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Then my life became a mess, always in a rush, doing my best to please others but not myself; striving to hit work goals, to be admired; moving from place to place, rootless, unsettled. I was trapped on a ship working long hours, totally disconnected & unable to do the things that made me feel good, made me feel alive, connected with this world

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Then my grandfather passed away while I was sailing. I couldn't even say goodbye to him as I had promised 7 months before

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I was broken: confused & racked with guilt. Something snapped. With tears in my eyes, I decided to quit my "successful and wealthy life" & signed off. I literally ran down the gangway in the next port, an 18 hrs shift, my uniform still on, leaving all my suitcases & possessions onboard

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Several train journeys later day I was at my grandfather's funeral, kissing him goodbye & asking for forgiveness

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After that, I changed jobs so many times, I moved to a new town,my emotional life state fell to pieces; I had financial problems; I felt alone sometimes & often desperate

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But I threw myself into my yoga. The more time I spent on my mat, I slowly started to appreciate the beautiful simple things that make our human existence so special

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The yoga awakened something inside. I started to make time to go for walks: to be present, to breathe; enjoying the aroma making coffee in the morning: cuddling my cats, taking care of my garden, reading a book, swimming in the sea, healthy eating, showering, noticing the way the sunlight came through the window, sunsets, savoring a glass of wine

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It all became yoga. The essence of my yoga touched everything, made me grateful for everything. I'm now home. Yoga is still a fun way to exercise. But the essence of yoga brings me to life every single day.💙