My name is Brytta @xanaduyoga This isn’t a poor me story. This is a story of truth.

"The first time a man raped me I was 15. I’ll spare the details, but it continued for 3 years. It didn’t stop until I left town for good

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While this was going on, a different man - from my church - was sexually harassing me while the elders & pastor watched & let him do it. I was 15

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I found yoga when I was 18 years old. It helped me heal; helped me shine my light again. It helped me love myself in ways I never imagined. Yoga helped me beat the eating disorder that resulted from those years. Yoga helped me love my body. I can honestly say that yoga is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me. #yogasavedmylife

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My name is Brytta @xanaduyoga This isn’t a poor me story.

This is a story of truth.

This is a story of absolute light

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For the first time in my life I was able to speak the words out loud. I was in a sacred space at my home studio & felt safe. So I said it

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“He raped me.”

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That was my first day of healing; tasting freedom for the first time. It was the first time I realized how much love & support there is in the world. It was the first time I learned that I could somehow grow from this & move on with my life

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Four years later, I’m doing just that. I became a certified yoga teacher. I founded my own yoga business. I beat a fucking eating disorder! I got my SUP Yoga certification

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I traveled to 18 countries teaching yoga in all of them while impacting communities along the way!

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For four years, I stayed on my yoga mat & loved the woman on it: she has fought battles she’s not afraid of winning

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I remember years of starving myself, threatening to kill myself, surrounding myself with toxic people; days of crying on my yoga mat releasing what didn't serve me

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I’m not here to tell you that yoga can heal you after one down dog or that we are ever done healing.

This healing & this practice take work

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What I’m here to tell you is that I’m on this journey with you. You are not alone in your healing as you have a worldwide community of women who are healing too. I love you & so does this practice. Your mat is a safe space for you to heal, move, laugh, cry & FEEL what needs to be felt

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It’s all okay or it will be soon. Trust that and trust YOU 💚