"My mom had just passed away & I was on a bunch of medication that just made me feel like a zombie when I first tried meditation and pranayama. I was 19 years old & I didn't like asana practice AT ALL, at first . . Then I stumbled into a course that changed everything. My teacher introduced me to the practice of meditation & his wife would teach us some asana on occasion. I shrugged off the asana, got really into meditation, and eventually got off the meds . A few months, maybe a year later, someone broke into my apartment in the middle of the night while I was there... I won't go into all the details of that but it was traumatic. Meditation & breath work just weren’t working to calm me and I couldn’t understand why . On the verge of full panic attack, I called my teacher at 5am. He told me to try asana even though he knew I wasn’t a fan, but it might help get some of that energy out . It was my lightbulb 💡 moment that the physical practice of yoga has the same end goal as meditation, just a different modality . From there, my love story with yoga continued hard and strong. Definitely had some off and on times in the past 11 years, but always found my way back . It's become my one stop shop to take care of my mental, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. I’ve had some tough times that I’m not sure I would’ve been able to get through without this practice 🙏 . I'm forever grateful to yoga for that and will always encourage people to explore this path and share it with others 💚 Chelsea" .