How I discovered mindfulness and yoga therapy

My name is Lauren and I have been an over-thinker for as long as I can remember. When I was only 8 I would worry and that I brushed my teeth too much or too little or that I played outside too long. This over-thinking led to lots of anxiety and real worries as I got older.

I started to realize that I wasn't the only person suffering from this over-thinking epidemic. People all around me were struggling to see the beauty in everyday life. Worse than that, over-thinkers had relationship problems, thoughts of suicide, and became addicted to drugs and alcohol.

But what as humans are we to do when we run into problems in life that seem too big to handle? I experienced this problem myself when I lost alcohol and drug addicted family members to their diseases. I felt completely out of control. At my worst, I remember not eating for or sleeping for three days, sweating, shaking and I eventually ended up in the hospital with a panic attack.

The day after the hospital incident, I took myself to a hot yoga class. At the time, I didn't really know why I was going. I always found yoga to be somewhat boring. Looking back, it is hard not to think that I was brought there by some sort of divine intervention even though, I have never considered myself to be a religious person.

Something happened that day in yoga. The hot temperature in the room and the near impossible positions made it very difficult for me to be the over-thinker that I was so used to being. I left the class that day feeling happier and more energetic than I had in a long time. But why?

Certainly it wasn't simply the yoga positions. I had done those countless times before and didn't feel that surge of energy and happiness. It must have been my inability to over-think or worry. I would later discover that was I had experienced was true meditation.

I enrolled myself in yoga therapy school and started researching meditation and mindfulness. I kept seeing mindfulness and the benefits everywhere but what was it?

 

I took several classes some good and some horrible. I combined all my knowledge from personal experience, college mental health classes, yoga therapy school and mindfulness to put together a system that is scientifically proven to help people rewire their brains so that they can stop over-thinking and live their best lives.

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