Meet @conniekoi sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us

"The first time I heard the word Yoga was as a child, from my grandmother. Later, when I was learning to surf I practiced sun salutations, but to be honest, I never paid much attention until later in life when found myself looking for something that would make me feel better. Like many, I had no idea what I was looking for


For almost 10 years I lived in a violent environment in the family home. An only child, I never saw my parents fight, until I turned 16, when they started hating each other after loving each other so much. It was a radical change in my quality of life, it was incredibly hard to get used to & traumatic for a sensitive child like me in that violent environment and art, photography, was my only escape

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When I finally found yoga again I was 22 years old. I really consciously practiced it one day in my room alone, & something just clicked. It changed my life. After years of looking for something I had finally found all I had been looking for: I felt at peace, happy & connected to myself in a way that I had never experienced before

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Yoga meant discovering a way of feeling free within my own body and also gave me the answers to the questions to lead a better life. I started practicing alone every day, until I decided to become a teacher in 2016, then I traveled to Argentina to continue learning yoga techniques where I spent several months. Then, in 2017, I built a yoga studio in my own home, which is where I currently teach. I named it Awake Yoga as this was my very first impression as to what the practice had done for me: Yoga had been my awakening

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Yoga, art and photography allow me to appreciate the beauty in all things around us &

I feel better now than ever before; constantly learning, evolving: even able to help my parents after all they had been through, to help them heal. I use yoga to help as many people as I can, while learning as much from them every single day.

Without a doubt, being a yoga teacher is the best job in the world for me, it doesn’t feel like work: the best life I could live ❤ Constanza 🙏