Meet @apsaravydyula sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us 💚

"I grew up observing my grandparents applying ahimsa practices through diet & lifestyle. I was first introduced to traditional yoga asana around the age of 5 by my mother who applied these practices to sustain her life as a professional dancer, which put a lot of stress on her body

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My father integrated meditation into his life when he was diagnosed with cancer, & believes that it cured him. I am grateful for my family, experiences & environment that taught me early on that yoga works"


"It wasn’t until I was 22 that I found myself walking to my first yoga class. I was emotionally struggling, confused & not always making the right choices

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Looking back, what captivated me in the class was the focus on breath while practicing the postures. The teacher would encourage us to move in a manner that was set to the rhythm of our breath: no need to rush or force. This immediately brought me to a state of presence. 6 years later, I’m finally able to explain my experience. I felt like I was no longer ‘doing’ the practice. I have come to the realisation that I AM the practice 🙏

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I remember walking out of that class with a smile & new perspective on life - & resolved to practice everyday

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Asana practice taught me jewels of wisdom such as staying present, applying effort, pursuing patience & remaining detached from the final results: learnings that I try to apply in my everyday life, off the mat. Though I began with asanas, I soon came to understand the importance of imbibing all aspects of this practice

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I do not use yoga as a form of escapism. Rather, yoga allows me to see myself exactly as I am: sitting with our difficulties & addressing them with loving awareness is imperative for self growth. I truly believe that we must lead by example & be the change in the world we want to see 🌍

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We must find the centre of compassion, forgiveness, justice, peace & love first within ourselves & offer it to the world, which is our gift 💚

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There is no greater teacher than the one within'