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5 Yogis Share How Yoga Transformed Their Lives for Good

We asked readers to share stories of how yoga has impacted their lives. The response was overwhelming, to say the least. From helping to ease depression and suicidal thoughts to ameliorating physical pain, yoga has, without a doubt, the power to change lives. Here, five standout stories of recovery and renewal.

Yoga Transformed Me After Trauma and Sexual Assault

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ASHLEY NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

As a child, Ebony Smith survived sexual assault but didn’t have the tools to cope with the trauma until years later, when she found yoga. Now, she’s bringing the practice to her community, and others in crisis.     

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Yoga Transformed Me After Suicidal Thoughts

Yoga Transformed Me After Suicidal Thoughts
CHELCIE PARRY

Young Latina are facing elevated risks of suicidal ideation in the U.S. Here, how yoga brought one young woman—Alejandra Suarez—back from the edge and into the role of teacher.

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Yoga Transformed Me After Depression

Yoga Transformed Me After Depression
PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAD WETZLER

Brad Wetzler found himself over-medicated, in a fog, and uncomfortable in his own skin. But yoga reminded him how to open his heart and feel whole again.     

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Yoga Transformed Me After Financial Ruin and Loss

Yoga Transformed Me After Financial Ruin and Loss

Finding herself homeless and miles away from her daughter, Cleo Childress discovered abundance through yoga.

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Yoga Transformed Me After Constant Pressure

Yoga Transformed Me After Constant Pressure
PHOTO COURTESY OF SARINA RYALS

After building the perfect life in DC, debilitating anxiety drained Paige Pichler of her power and strength. Here, how yoga helped her start over and feel worthy again.     

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We want to hear how yoga has saved and transformed your life, too. Share your own story on Instagram by tagging @yogajournal, including the #yogasavedmeyj, and tagging three other yogis to participate. 5 yogis will be selected from those entries to win a free Yoga Journal online course of their choice. 

Get inspired! For more personal stories on the transformational power of yoga, see Yoga Saved Me.