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Instagram photo by prakrti_yogaI don’t feel like I found Dr. Melissa West, who is way high on my list of #RecoveryHeroes ! When I started struggling with the decision to end my marriage, I became very ill. Eating Disorder came alive, I fought off depression, migraines became more frequent. During the 2 year long very difficult divorce, chronic body pain emerged. Fully and frequently. Chronic fatigue was part of everyday. I had few fully functioning days, but mostly I was barely existing. Many days were spent in bed feeling guilty about my wasted time, belittling myself for being such a failure. My yoga practice seemed to be failing me. I was bored with its staleness. I no longer found it beneficial. Going to my mat was a chore that no longer deserved my precious time. My heart knew better, so online this busy momma went. I had no idea what I was looking for, but I knew I needed something to reignite my passion. My life depended on it. I was guided by Divine Intervention to Melissa's yoga teachings in order to broaden and deepen my practice. Through her, I learned to deepen my meditations, became interested in learning more about yoga philosophy. My faith in God deepened even more. I started to feel better overall again. Dr. West helped me begin to break negative thought patterns that kept me attached to disordered eating. I felt myself starting to heal on a level I never experienced before. I began to befriend myself and show myself some compassion. This helped me to feel deeper compassion and love for others. My relationship with food started to change. My depression and anxiety faded away. I was able to get through my divorce, difficult times with my daughter, my youngest son’s anxiety, my oldest son going off to college, and leaving my full time 16 year mommy position to enter the workforce while mostly keeping my sanity. I developed courage to (finally) take part in a in a yoga teacher training. Melissa continually challenges me to step outside my comfort zones and to honor my own truth. It is because of Dr. Melissa West, I have found the courage to begin sharing more openly my struggles with Eating Disorders during #NEDAwareness (Feb.26 – Mar. 4).

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