Marie's yoga story
As a child I struggled with dibilitating anxiety often resulting in panic attacks. I couldn't breathe and thought I'd die. Looking back, I'm not surprised. I worried about everything and everyone as I witnessed the pain and suffering around me. I planned and schemed about how I'd save the world.
After adventures working in the USA, London & Romania I decided to qualify as a Chartered Psychologist in the UK. However mainstream psychology never really felt authentic to me. I delved into hypnosis, meditation, storytelling, the performing arts and shamanism learning to blend ancient and modern approaches.
My unique skillset created demand globally as a psychological facilitator and executive coach. At weekends I worked in my therapeutic practice in my local community and I also dived deeper into story telling becoming a producer and speaker coach for events such TEDx in the UK.
When I hit my 40's, the continual travel, long days and weeks, as well as high impact exercise pretty much brought me to my knees. Despite my professional knowledge my self-care was drinking alcohol, indulging in the material world and working out like a demon.
Aged 43 I was advised to have knee replacements which potentially meant a lifetime of restricted movement and cortisone injections. It was time to stop trying to save the world ... and save myself. I began to practice yoga.
The physical benefits of yoga saved my knees. Showing up each day on my yoga mat quieted my busy mind. Yoga taught me to stay with my breath, listen to my body rather than get caught up with those crappy worn out stories in my head. This ancient tradition provided such a powerful link between my mind and body, no other approach had come close to.
And so Yoga Story was born...