Your practice, your story – Transformation amidst emotional challenge

We asked you, our members, how yoga has helped you overcome challenges or transform your lives. This is the story of a struggling mother who discovered her inner strength...

From struggle to strength

Before finding EkhartYoga, I had only had yoga experience from attending Bikram classes with friends. Years later, my ex-husband and I were raising a family while he attended medical school. Our children were one and three years old when he developed severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He became unable to leave his bed.

I walked a very fine line of being his caretaker, parent to young children, and keeping my own anxiety disorders under control. Most days it was a minute-by-minute battle. I realised I needed to prioritise self-care, both mentally and physically.

Self-care

Since I didn’t have the time or money to attend yoga classes in a studio, I searched YouTube for an instructor I liked. I found Esther’s wonderful body scan meditation, and joined EkhartYoga immediately after that.

For months, I just focused on the body scan meditation and three of Esther’s classes from the De-Stress Week: Tune-Up and Refresh program. I alternated between the Calm, Steady, and Strong Yin and Yang classes. If I had the energy and time, I did the combination Yin/Yang class.

These classes not only allowed me to stay healthier – mentally and physically – but they also sent me on my path of introspection, growth and understanding myself energetically. As an engineer, from an engineering family, I had no guidance or background in that.

The gift of connection

A few months in, during a Yin class, whilst focusing on breathing, I felt a strong sense of connection from my stomach into my chest. It was deeply beautiful. At the time, I couldn’t make much sense of it, but I felt lighter and happier afterwards. Now, with more experience, I realise the strength and gift of that connection.

The offering of at-home, masterful yoga classes with compassionate teachers undoubtedly allowed me to parent my children, help my ex-husband find his way out of deep anxiety and complete medical school, residency, and fellowship, and find myself as a person and a part of our collective energy.

EkhartYoga allowed me, and continues to help me, to find my path in life – and hopefully bring light and happiness to others along the way. I am deeply grateful.

EkhartYoga allowed me, and continues to help me, to find my path in life – and hopefully bring light and happiness to others along the way. I am deeply grateful.

~ Anonymous, USA

Throughout June, we’re sharing stories of transformation from members of our EkhartYoga community leading up to a special class with Esther on International Day of Yoga 21st June. We invite you to follow along on Facebook and Instagram or via our weekly newsletter.

Register here for Esther’s free yoga class. We’ll send you the link to the class on 21st June 2022

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