In 2010, Brittany Wells– an Intelligence Community Recruiter and blogger– was desperate for a way to cope. Riddled with anxiety, the 32-year-old was struggling through a toxic marriage and felt out of control. Yoga, like a beam of light, became her lifeline.
“If it wasn’t for yoga, I wouldn’t have had the strength to leave my toxic marriage,” says Wells.
“Yoga is my therapy. When I began practicing, it gave me the mental strength I needed to calm myself in moments of panic and when I felt out of control. Yoga was also pivotal in helping me cope with a crumbling relationship.”
“There was emotional and mental abuse that I endured in the marriage. My mat was my safe space.The place I could go and be free, calm, and at peace.”
Finding A Deeper Calm
“I’ve tried, running, interval training, and rowing, but my yoga practice is my main form of exercise.
Other exercises such as running, rowing, and circuit training were great, but they didn’t leave me feeling calm. I felt more ramped up, and quite frankly I didn’t need to be more ramped up, I needed to be calmed down.
Yoga was always my go-to exercise because it not only is a very intense physical practice but it also has a meditation component. I leave my mat feeling revived, refreshed, rejuvenated and at peace.”
How to Get Started
“Yoga isn’t about being flexible,” says Wells. “Yoga is about breath. You can sit on your mat and breathe for 60 minutes and you have completed a yoga practice. Yoga is about showing up, getting on a mat, and breathing.
Yoga is so much more than a physical practice, it is a way of life, a way of being. Find a local yoga community, check out some yoga videos, or drop in on a class. ”
When I first started yoga I had no idea what I was doing, so I followed others in class and I went for it. And I’m so happy I did because my practice changed my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today or who I am today. I encourage everyone to give it a shot. Namaste.”
Feature photography by Edgar Davis.