Meet Ash of @theyogacouple (authors of The Inner Work - Book & Podcast) sharing her #yogasavedmylife

"Aloha I’m Ash! I’ve struggled with social anxiety for as long as I can remember, & for most of my life I kept it to myself because I honestly didn’t have the awareness to pin point the root issue


It was only a year ago that I was still struggling with creating healthy boundaries with people & the ability to say no with confidence. I’ve experienced some very toxic circumstances & domineering relationships & as a result this has only layered onto my social anxiety over a lifetime.

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My fear of social interaction became so extreme that I was not even able to go into grocery stores or go to gatherings with friends without curling into a ball & having a panic attack. I’ve been doing a lot of inner work around this over the past year, realizing that most of my anxiety came from hiding mySelf. I had a program deeply seeded inside me that I should appear to be naive, agreeable, & unthreatening around others in order to be accepted & loved

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This dimming of my own light made me spiritually sick, susceptible to mistreatment & passive. I eventually became trapped in the identity I had created for myself & knew if I didn’t work to heal & change, I would have a lifetime of suffering, fear, & isolation ahead

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Meditation, inner work, & yoga are my saving grace. Although I’ve been teaching yoga for 9 years & practicing for almost half my lifetime now, I still have lots of deprograming & uprooting to do

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Yoga for me is more than functional movement patterns, it’s the compass to which I navigate my human experience & it has helped me to overcome my biggest obstacles: a philosophy for liberating our souls from the limiting beliefs to which we are confined in our minds. It’s shining the light of awareness on areas of our subconscious we were once unaware of, and healing. I’m a year into my social anxiety deprogramming, & now in a place where I honor my self. I speak from my gut with strength. I am courageous & wise. I matter.

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I am rewriting my own story . In this new story I am powerful, capable. I am no longer afraid 🙏 Ash"