“How Yoga Changed My Life” 15 Experts Share Their Inspirational Story
“when people ask me how yoga has changed my life, the answer is way more profound than I ever would have thought”
Learn all about the different experiences and personal journeys of 15 yoga experts within this article.
Perhaps it will inspire you to start yours now too and book yourself onto a wellness retreat! Maybe you will even be able to relate to a few of the stories? Or you just may be curious to hear about the life adventures of others.
What ever it was that has drawn you to reading this article, I hope you enjoy!
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“How Yoga Changed My Life” – by Vibrant Yogini
Yoga has given me much more than I could have ever imagined. Pretty much all of my life I have been a sporty fitness fanatic, whether that is water-sports, ski-ing, snowboarding, running, a daily gym go-er, aerobics, body-pump and cross-training class regular – you get the picture! So much so, that once upon a time I had wanted to become a personal trainer on the side of my day job (which I was actually in the purpose of studying for, before I changed my mind last minute to fly to India and become a yoga teacher instead!). To help you understand why this was the best decision I had made, let’s just say, similarly to Cathy in her blog post;
“The Gym Transformed My Body, But Yoga Changed My LIFE”
After temporarily leaving my corporate 9-5 career in digital marketing behind me to embark on a four-year world travel adventure that wasn’t always smooth sailing, yoga was my saviour.
Without really realising it at the time, I was almost starting to lose myself and my identity in this big old world. I wasn’t serving my purpose, and although I made the most of situations (easy while exploring new cultures and experiencing different countries), my gut and instincts knew deep down that life had something different for me out there, something more purposeful.
When I decided to fly to India to do my yoga teacher training, it was very spontaneous. I had given up a job sailing around the beautiful clear waters and white sandy islands of the Pacific Ocean and had returned to the UK in the cold February time of the year. I needed to escape and do something for myself and my own personal progression. So I found the earliest available yoga training in Rishikesh, booked myself onto it and with little reaction to my family’s worrying response, flew out within days.
At the time, I was only interested in becoming more flexible, toned and stronger. I cared about the physical physique of the body only. However, a month in India forced me to embrace meditation, spirituality and philosophy. Yet, it didn’t immediately transform me there and then. After a long tiring month of yoga, meditation, a strict plant-based diet and intense learning, I was happy to book a business class flight to Thailand, kick back on the plane and drink champagne! – its all about the balance right?!
However, it must have sparked something as from that moment on I was a regular practitioner of yoga and I even started to meditate, something I had never bothered with or even knew how to do before.
Looking back I can clearly see how yoga eventually gave me the strength, confidence, determination and drive to get myself back on track to following my true happiness.
Now I am living my happiest life yet. I am not galavanting all over the world looking for happiness to feel fulfilled. Instead, I have returned back to my roots where I belong, surrounded by loved ones and my happiness comes from these precious moments and from deep within. My gratitude, faith and belief in the teachings of yoga for the mind, body and soul has been the main contributor. I believe in the law of attraction and I believe yoga puts you on the right path for the universe to shuffle itself to gradually answer your visions and dreams one-by-one.
One final perk of yoga? Well, it wouldn’t be a full answer if I didn’t express how I love being a teacher of yoga in Cheltenham, the English Cotswolds. I love making people feel happier, more positive-minded and rejuvenated after every class. My students know they can switch off and move their body in ways they don’t normally, all while smoothing out knots, gaining more focus and clarity and releasing stress.
So, when people ask me how yoga has changed my life, the answer is way more profound than I ever would have thought when I first decided to fly to India almost three years ago.
How Yoga Changed My Life Poem
The poem below sums up my journey in life over the last 10 years, and yoga was the key that unlocked the door. You can find more poetry and positive quotes by following my Instagram account: @Vibrant_Yogini.
“She is stronger because she had to be,
Smarter because of her mistakes,
Happier because of the sadness she’d known,
And wiser because she learned,
She is not the person you used to know.
Because one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong,
And full of fire in her soul,
And that not even she could hold herself back,
Because her passion burned brighter than her fears.
She is unstoppable, uninterruptable,
That princess she once was rose from the ashes and crowned herself the queen.
How is that for a happily ever after?!”
“How Yoga Changed My Life” – 14 Yoga Experts Answer
I interviewed 14 experienced yoga practitioners based all over the world, to find out more about their individual practice and their personal wellness journey from the moment they first took notice of yoga.
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Within the interview, I asked every participant how yoga changed their life. Read the answers to this question below…
Jenn Russell [@The_Travelling_Yogi]
“Wow, how much time do you have? Literally in very way possible.
I have transformed my mind, body and soul in the past few years from a stressed out 9-5er to living my dream life running my own retreats and teaching all over the world.
I am so very blessed to be on this path :)”
- Read more about Jenn’s journey here
“In every way.
Literally in every single way possible.
Yoga has taught me to understand myself.
And when you understand yourself—your body, your mind, your emotions, and who you are besides those things—it transforms the way you see everything.
I look at everything differently now: relationships, money, time, breathing, traffic jams, mirrors, hateful comments, love-filled comments….everything.”
- Read more about Adell’s journey here
Laura Helm [@LevelUpYogaTherapy]
“Whether I am riding high and can see everything from a higher perspective or I’m stuck learning a lesson and being triggered by life situations or people, I know that nothing is permanent, that I am on the right path.
I surrender to whatever lessons are coming my way and trust that everything I go through is making me stronger and wiser.
I am learning to listen more to my intuition.
I am calmer, and more confident.
I love myself and I am happy in my own company.
I’m nearly 36 and I finally have that 6 pack the 19 year old me wanted haha.”
- Read more about Laura’s journey here
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“It has impacted my life in many different ways!
I don’t have back pain anymore!
And even though I still fight anxiety and depression every now and then, yoga has made it 100 times easier!!
I would be LOST without it!
I’d also say that yoga brought my husband to me…
He is a health nut and I think the ‘yogi’ in me pulled him in and hooked him.”
- Read more about Jessica’s journey here
Ali Washington [@Aliyah_PT]
“How hasn’t it?
I think that would be a shorter answer.
I am not sure there is a single area of my life that yoga has not informed or influenced – from the way that I eat, the way that I speak to myself and others, the way I move, the way I breathe, the way I am conscious of my life and my connection to all – the world and teachings of yoga could certainly be found in the roots of almost everything I am and do.
Learning the art of truly BEING with myself and with my life has been the greatest influence yoga has had on my way of life.”
- Read more about Ali’s journey here
Kim Woodley [@Yogini.Kim]
“Yoga has a huge impact on my life.
The greatest impact is the effect on my awareness.
I’m able to live more fully in the present moment and therefore enjoy life.
I’m more aware of myself as well as of my surroundings.
My thoughts are clearer and I have a feeling of understanding life better.
I’m calmer and my self-control increased a lot.
Because of all this, my daily life feels more harmonic to me and I’m happier than I was before, a lot happier.”
- Read more about Kim’s journey here
Nina Jarnum [@NinaJarnumYoga]
“Apart from the obvious change of career path, it has had a profound impact on my fundamental personality; I used to be a very negative and impatient person, and although I’m still sarcastic and occasionally bitchy hahaha… I am generally a very positive and happy person now.
I am so much more able to look after myself and my actions objectively and recognise my weaknesses.”
- Read more about Nina’s journey here
“Yoga has taught me to enjoy the present moment and experience every moment deeply.
I’ve learned that you can take yoga from the mat to your everyday life and that is why i’m always trying to be better, healthier and more present not only when i’m by myself, but also when i’m with others.
And the best part is i’ve met awesome friends along this journey.”
- Read more about Clara’s journey here
Robert Busch [@Yoga_Dude]
“First of all, I became a yoga teacher as a full-time job, which is kind of a big impact.
It changed the way I take care of myself and helps me face challenges in my life.
There are many situations over the last years I can think of where my reaction would have been very different without this practice in my life.
The type of Yoga that has impacted my practice the most is ‘Self Awakening Yoga’ taught by Don Stapleton.
Besides, I prefer just calling it Yoga, as I like to teach the type of yoga that meets the needs of my students.
Over the years I have collected many different tools from different styles of yoga.
My classes are always a fusion of everything I have learned and experienced along my path.”
- Read more about Robert’s journey here
Why not spend your next vacation experiencing a yoga retreat?
There are so many to choose from!
Whether you prefer mixing it with a bit of surfing in Costa Rica, or your would like to visit the worlds heart of yoga in Rishikish, India.
Perhaps you are in need of a refreshing detox retreat, or simply a relaxing and luxurious stay in paradise which offers you spa treatments, sightseeing tours and daily yoga classes.
You are sure to find one that suits your needs perfectly!
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P.S. “The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings” ~ T.K.V. Desikachar