That photo really is me, HeIen. I'm naturally introverted, the limelight makes me very uneasy

"That photo really is me, HeIen. I'm naturally introverted, the limelight makes me very uneasy, I don’t like to show my face & I’m happy in my own company. I love any pose that makes me feel safe and cocooned"

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You already met our new Mental Health Community Champion @helenbashfordyoga in the window before this one. She also has her own #yogasavedmylife story & we want you to get to know her & love her like we do. So. These are her words ❤

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"I'm happy to hide; Yet here is this introvert sharing all over social media which kind of flies in the face of who I am. Unsurprisingly several people have asked what’s gotten into me

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If you know me you’ll know I haven’t shut up about mental health since I was 16. I studied it, my career was in it, & absolutely everywhere I go mental health crops up in conversation. But despite its prevalence in my life, not once in 22 years have I found stopped wanting to know more. Some people have existential questions about why they are here, but I've always had a strong sense that if I was put on this planet for a reason then it starts & ends with mental health .

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Enter YOGA, this practice has been keeping me afloat for the best part of 20 years but I had no idea. No one ever told me

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Now that I’m studying it and teaching it I’m realising more and more it’s power. Yoga has the ability to soothe, to soften, to heal. To create calm where there is chaos, to release tension, emotion and trauma, to improve mood and wellbeing

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Yoga can aid mental health and I really think everyone should know. So that’s why I’m here on Instagram...I'm not here for the applause, I’m here for the cause

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I sometimes feel like I’m talking into an empty space, but at other times I’m reminded: it’s worth it! Two separate people contacted me this week because they read my blog on birthtrauma and feel like yoga could help them

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Someone somewhere is hearing me....and that. Is. Amazing" ❤Helen 🙏

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(You can support me and Fierce Calm in our desire to support others in their mental wellbeing by checking out our new Charity T in the second pic: all profits to @youngmindsuk the UK's leading charity fighting for young people's mental health)