Meet @lunarlauren_ sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words 💚

"I was healing from severe anxiety & depression when first introduced to yoga by my sister who dragged me to a hot power yoga class at a new studio in town. Initially, I was resistant. When I wanted to exercise my body, I went hard at the gym with cardio & weights. When I wanted peace of mind, I sat in meditation & breathed. I wanted to stick with what worked. Meditation was my medicine & there was no way I could imagine getting into that state of mind while also strengthening my body… I was happy to be proven wrong" . "Like a lot of 20 somethings, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I followed all of society's rules – I went to college, landed a secure job and moved into the big city. After a few years of "livin' the dream", I still felt empty. Nothing about my life was fulfilling, so I searched for a new path . Yoga found me & transformed everything. It inspired me to learn more about myself and my purpose. Now, I am authentically living my dream – teaching yin yoga at two incredible studios, growing my reiki practice, and building connections filled with love & light within community . As a practitioner and teacher of yin yoga, I am constantly reminded that there is true power in letting go. We relax the muscles in the body to allow the stretch to go deep into our connective tissues and we focus on calming our mind during the moments of discomfort. As we release the pose, we observe. When the universe sends me challenges, I've learned to carry these principles into my everyday life. I surrender my resistance to the challenge . I trust that growth lies beyond the current discomfort. And when I've finally overcome the obstacle, I observe the lessons that needed to be learned. The only way out is through. All we have to do is believe . For me, yoga truly means union. Not only within my mind, body and spirit but within community . The connection I have with my students gives me life. My students inspire & motivate me to always show up wholeheartedly – in the studio and in life