Meet @dominiquetheophilus sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us 💚

"I'd feel as if I was about to have a heart attack & it was hard for me to catch my breath. I began practicing yoga after suffering from what I now know was anxiety & my body translated it into heart palpitations. I remember being unable to sleep most nights because I wanted to be awake if anything happened to me. Filled with fear from the pressures of discovering what I was going to be since I was considered an adult....I was only 21"

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. "Yoga found you" were the words I remember hearing from my yoga teacher after 2 years of practicing & deciding to take the next step to become a teacher. When I first began, I never truly understood the vastness of yoga: how it would embrace me beyond the physical postures. Yoga created a feeling in me which brought me to tears on my mat while at the same time filling me with wholehearted joy afterwards. A balance which was often unexplainable

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Today, yoga continues to heal me, it allows me to unlearn old generational patterns & recreate a better version of myself. Vipassana Meditation became the other piece to my yoga practice which connected my mind, body & spirit together. I love myself more than ever because of this & I love the community I'm a part of with this practice

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Yoga is a union bringing together conversations around race, privilege, & other disparities which we often forget about once we find comfort in our own bubble. Centering my work on opening the conversation for Communities of Color & Traumatic Brain Injuries, I have discovered humility unlike any other

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Introducing my work to Traumatic Brain Injury clients has been a healing process for both of us. They teach & remind me of the precious nature of the simplest things in life like getting dressed in the morning, holding conversation. They have truly helped me to understand how to fully embrace being present. As a teacher, I give them the tools of posture & breath, then hold space for them to discover their highest self. To see these clients evolve & the light in their eyes as they feel a shift in their mental & physical cannot be put into words. I’m grateful 🙏