Yoga changed my life. It made me choose health

"Sometimes as a Nurse & Paramedic I get home after a long shift, & if there's been a patient death or something, it gets to you. When I'm at my most lost, the only thing that can stop me thinking, is yoga" Meet Melbourne yogini CJ, sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us, showing how helping others starts within ourselves. These are her words

"My yoga journey started when I was lifeguarding. I had a free gym membership but most of the Gym classes intimidating or that you were judged more. Less able to adapt to any level. I went to a few when I could manage and always (then) wished I could do it all the time. It did take a while for me to get the knowledge base, learn what I needed to do do adapt every work out to what my body needed. The more I did it, the more closely I became in tune with my body. I felt like it was showing me where there were aches and strains, and yoga showed me how to control it I saw Physios, chiros & osteos through my childhood & adolescence but one guy really connected with me. He was also a yoga instructor. He told me that with my back I was going to have to work every day to keep it healthy. It took me a month of serious pain for me to take it more seriously. Yoga is perfect. You can do it anywhere. Of any ability. After doing it more regularly I literally couldn't believe the way my body responded. I had struggled with chronic back pain and headaches for 10yrs And all of a sudden, with no medications I was pain free. I was no longer restricted from pain. My abilities changed. My body changed. But most importantly my mind changed Every yoga journey is personal. The focus of my energy on health is so important. I encourage and promote healthy living every day for my patients, but I find one of the most important journeys lies with myself How could I help others if I cannot help me? I asked myself this question years ago & have become dedicated to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Only then can I push from a true place of honnesty to encourage a happier and healthier community. Only I can truely wholy control my body and what happens to it Yoga changed my life. It made me choose health ❤