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G R O W 

“When I first found yoga, I was in a relationship with an emotionally abusive sex addict. He was constantly lying, putting me down, and discouraging me from spending time with my friends. But when he started practicing yoga, I got curious and joined my own studio. I got hooked.

A year and a half later, I signed up for a 200-hour training. We spent five days a week, eight hours a day studying philosophy and doing intense physical practices. When I would come home to my boyfriend, excited to tell him about my day, he would blow me off. He told me I was wasting my time and money. He said I wasn’t ready.

But that yoga training was like turning on the lights. I'd been fumbling around in the dark for years, not knowing who I was. And suddenly I discovered that I was strong, genuinely dedicated to bettering myself, and surrounded by a community of like-minded people.

The first tenet of the first limb of yoga is Ahimsa, non-harming. I realized by staying in the relationship, by not allowing myself to grow, I was harming myself. And in turn, I was harming those around me by not stepping into my dharma, my potential. I had to leave that relationship and dedicate my path to helping other people see themselves in the light of the practice. And so I did. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to serve and hold space for those finding their own way.

Hero: Molly is a renowned yoga teacher living in Los Angeles. She teaches regularly ONE DOWN DOG

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Rock Lee