"The truth is, this time three years ago, I was deeply depressed. Dangerously so"

Meet @amandainreallife_blog sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words ❤

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That second photo is a before and after picture, not following a diet but following a soul makeover. Hell, an entire life makeover. A reclaiming of my power

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I started turning to yoga when I found that medication wasn’t working for me. I often felt medication aggravated some of my symptoms of depression and anxiety and I struggled to create

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My yoga journey deepened after I was attacked by a stranger in a public restroom. I started speaking with women in my orbit who had gone through similar experiences and over and over I was inspired by their

strength. That’s when change really happened for me. I started focusing on building grace & grit on my mat. Yoga changed everything

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Living in your truth, no matter how unsightly or unsettling it is, that’s the only solid ground. So. I don’t sit pretty anymore. It was going to kill me. The thing is, even dressed in a cardigan and hose I was judged and governed by appearances. Now? .

I. Do. Not. Belong. To. Anyone

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I'm writing about that period of depression. The bottom line is, I am going to bleed on paper so more women will stop silently suffering in depression brought about by trying to FIT a world that should be getting out of her way instead of making her tip-toe. There was a point when I had to have a Kate Spade purse because...well, everyone else had one at work. I think about that & how she was quietly suffering, too. And I know there’s a damn good chance that some of you reading this are, too. This isn’t a dinner party! It’s lifeboats! And we have to help each other navigate. That requires authenticity

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So to the question of what my daughter would think seeing me reveal myself in words and in my photos. I should hope she’ll be thankful for the clear path I’m making for her"

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#womanhood #mentalhealth #depression #anxietyrelief #suicideprevention #authenticity #postpartumdepression