"Yoga has made me more compassionate & less judgmental not only to other people, but also to myself"

Meet Guzel Mursalimova @yogawithguzel sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us to inspire others ❤

It was 2011 & I was accepted as an intern at a big investment bank. However, my initial joy was soon forgotten once I started work. I started to imagine that there were many things wrong with me I was a young woman, a foreigner from a poor eastern European family & I felt increasingly out of place in an office that was 98% male, German & quite wealthy. My fear of not being good enough soon expressed itself in physical symptoms: insomnia, headaches, nausea & fainting I had no idea that these could be anxiety symptoms & convinced myself that I had an incurable disease. I started to develop an eating disorder – I would buy a whole box of chocolates, eat all of them & then make myself throw up. I couldn’t sleep well at night, & I couldn’t concentrate during the day. I was dreading any new projects or opportunities that would excite me in the past. This affected everything: from my love life, to work, to my relationships with parents and my brother. The tipping point was when the only other woman in our team invited me to join her for a yoga class. I don’t actually recall the class itself, but I still vividly remember my feeling the next morning: for the first time in several months I slept the whole night without waking up & felt rested the next day, less anxious It sounds funny, but I didn’t immediately link yoga with the fact that I felt better. Nevertheless, I signed up to a monthly membership at a yoga studio & started to practice every day of the week. I was soon transformed 🙏 I have never looked back & two years ago I became a yoga teacher. While I still struggle sometimes with anxiety, negativity and self-destructive thoughts, yoga has taught me to notice that this is happening and I allow these thoughts to pass by without doing any damage. My goal is to pass this knowledge on to others who might ever feel inadequate.  You are enough. Namaste, Guzel ❤🙏