A New Person in 4 Months!
by Mel Auret
Me this Christmas!
Reading this article it suddenly struck me how my life has changed since beginning Yoga. Previously (over the last couple of years) I went running a couple of times per week and hit the gym a few times but never felt I really worked hard enough and sometimes I skipped days when it was raining or I just didn't feel like it!
I worked in an extremely stressful job for up to 15 hours per day managing a business centre and it reached the point where I felt utterly exhausted and was battling stress related illnesses. I couldn't sleep, was fretting until the early hours of the morning and was constantly tense and snapped at everyone. I was even too exhausted to cook proper food or look after myself so my looks suffered. I yo-yo'd up and down in weight and I looked grey and ill.
Then my boyfriend noticed a yoga studio round the corner from us and suggested we go together one evening to help with the tension I had built up during another stressful day. Believing that yoga was a bit of a 'wimpy' girls thing for hippies, I begrudgingly agreed to try it (totally not thinking it would do anything for me at all).
Well, 90 minutes later I left the yoga studio, dripping sweat, red in the face but calm, stretched, totally relaxed and with a MASSIVE smile on my face! I was officially hooked!
I now go to the studio at least 4-5 times per week. I found the confidence in myself to quit my job and go back to college as a mature student to retrain for a career in naturopathy and herbal medicine, a long-held passion of mine. I feel calm, centred, happy and love everything about my life. I absolutely believe 100% that yoga gave me back my life and gave me the strength, fitness, stamina and mental calm to change my life into the one I wanted. Oh, and my weight is now stable and my skin is so much better!
I also work from home in a business that aligns with my goals and values and have set up my own website, like yourself, to help others the way I have been helped.
Keep up the great work, I have found your site informative, excellently put together and inspirational!