"Yoga saved my life by getting me off heroin and taught me to stop hating myself" . "When I was 12 years of age, peer pressure saw me start using drugs & alcohol just to fit in with the people around me . . When I got to the age of about 16 I started using harder drugs like cocaine & other party drugs. I was always a very angry & depressed boy for as long as I can remember & drugs were my way of escaping from what I thought was my reality . . Then at about 22 I started using OxyContin and Heroin. And my life really started to spiral downhill. About a year of using it got bad enough where I went to a Christian rehab for a year to get sober . That was when I encountered my first experience with the spiritual realm. I came out of rehab & I was clean for a very short period of time before I started using again. Then I got into a relationship & was using on an occasional basis but all my self hate & anger was still bottled up inside me . But during this relationship I came across meditation and started reading up on trying to have a better understanding of my mind and why I feel the way I feel. After this relationship ended I was still doing heroin, not on a daily basis, but I was still using . Through my reading & research on meditation I started my personal yoga practice and really dove head first into the asanas . . The physical practice of yoga, the asanas, are what saved my life & got me off heroin . But since I was only doing asanas I wanted to know more of this practice we call yoga & started learning pranayama and studying the yoga sutras. Through this practice of asana & pranayama I was able to let go of all my past self hate & start to truly love myself & love everything around me . I just started to be present for the first time in my life . Jump ahead 2 1/2 years into my yoga practice & I made my way to India to train as a teacher & gain all the knowledge of yoga I possibly can . The only imitations of true bliss we have are the ones we set in our own mind . Thank you yoga ❤ . Namsate, Daniel 🙏"