Yoga Changed My Life: 10 Lessons From the Mat

Like a lovesick lost puppy, yoga seems to be always on my mind. All I can think about is when will I get back into the studio. I sit here thinking about my life before yoga. I was a much different person; I was depressed, overweight, unhappy and dissatisfied with life. Then one day something happened, I realized I was smiling and I felt at peace. Is it possible the yoga made me happy?

When I first started practicing a few years ago it was purely physical. I would approach the mat with one goal in mind -- to improve my strength. I didn’t think that yoga could help me lose weight because I was an endurance junkie doing half-ironman triathlons.

Yoga back then served as 'my backup' only to be practiced on my off days. But as I transitioned out of one career into my dream career I started to practice more. I was invited to the Yoga Caribbean Conference in Jamaica a few weeks ago and that's when it happened.

I had the moment, that all dedicated yogis share. I found myself. Everything I had been holding inside for my entire life suddenly burst out and tears raced down my sweaty face. I was in the middle of a transformation and I finally felt free. I finally felt like me -- my authentic self was right there with me, holding my hand as to say, “I’ve been waiting for you.”

Yoga has a way of making us better. No matter what your goals are, yoga can help you reach them. Yoga can improve our life in areas you'd never expect -- and here are ten things I learned from yoga.

  1. Be compassionate
  2. Don’t compare yourself to other people
  3. Be kind to yourself
  4. Treat yourself and others with respect
  5. You are beautiful
  6. Be in the moment
  7. It doesn’t matter if your rich or poor, fat or thin, old or young
  8. You make a difference
  9. You are powerful
  10. You are one. You are love.

Shannon Kaiser

Author, Speaker
Shannon Kaiser is a best-selling author, international speaker, retreat leader, and teacher. Her much-anticipated new book, The Self-Love Experiment, will be released in August 2017. She’s been named on of the Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by mindbodygreen and "One of the freshest voices in mental health and wellness" by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon's the founder of PlayWithTheWorld.com, named one of the Top 75 Personal Development Websites, and Top 100 Self-Help Blogs by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Her work has been recognized in media outlets across the globe such as HuffPost Live, Health Magazine, Australian Vogue, Women’s Health, Spirituality & Health, and Entrepreneur magazine. Everything Shannon does is to empower you to believe in and trust yourself, so you can live your ideal life. Grab a free "Manifest Your Ideal Life" meditation at PlayWithTheWorld.com. Connect on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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