"I was young when I first tried yoga, & truthfully never thought much of it"

Meet @jenniferlouisenl sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us ❤ .

"Years after my first yoga class I found myself living in a big city, working a fast paced, stressful job, & partying my days away. I started losing myself in a world I didn't know, & one day I no longer recognized who I had become

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I drank most nights, & started doing drugs that the younger version of myself swore they would never do. I had always battled with anxiety & it was getting worse as each day passed. I hated who I'd become; my self worth was directly attached to my appearance, clothes, job, everything except who I was as a person

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My solution to hating myself was to drink more & do more drugs. My anxiety was so bad at this point that I would wake up in the middle of the night struggling to breath; I could barely sleep all night & felt lost

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I started going to a Yoga studio around the corner from my place, & after a few weeks something in me clicked. The teacher started the class with us placing a hand over our heart's & feeling it's rhythm and listening to the sound of our breath. It shook me to my core & everything faded; I saw the person I had become & instead of judging this person who had become so lost, I felt compassion & love

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Yoga helped me find the strength & courage in myself to walk away from the toxic life I was living in order to fill a void I couldn't face. My mat became a place where I worked through feelings of unworthiness & self hate, & as I started to release these feelings, they were replaced with feelings of love & understanding; forgiveness & compassion & happiness

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You see, Yoga asks nothing of us, only that we show up, exactly as we are. And through our practice, it helps drown out the outside world so that we can be brave enough to venture inward. Three years after my "awakening moment" I decided to become a Teacher so that I could be a vessel to help share the magic of what yoga can do if we are only open to it

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You see, Yoga saved me from myself and helps me become the person I am meant to be with each passing day

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Light and Love ❤🙏 Jennifer