Written by Kendall Grace
Life before yoga was lifeless, that’s the only way I can describe it.
Resultant of recurring and long-term trauma, I have been consumed by PTSD, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, bulimia and anorexia for more years than I can count, and before yoga, I had no hope. When I first began practicing 18 months ago, I had no idea it would change my life. I couldn’t fathom presence with or acceptance of the darkness that had almost taken my life on more than one occasion. But I took out a mat that day, and now I barely put it away.
I adore backbends. Anything that opens the heart has always held such power for me in my practice.
There are times when I’m effortlessly vulnerable in sharing my struggles, but others where I hold tight to my emotions, almost unintentionally, and I become numb in order to cope. It is in those moments that the power of backbends shine. I’ve found freedom in them, an energy release like no other. I love to flow through Ustrasana/Camel Pose transitions, and Urdhva Dhanurasana/Wheel Pose is where I feel most at home.
Yoga brings awareness to every avenue of my life. It has taught me to trust that my perfectly imperfect life has played out exactly as it needed to in order to shape who I am today. That in every moment, all is exactly as it should be. And for that, I am endlessly grateful. So now, it’s my mission to pay it forward in every way I know how.
Kendall Grace, of Melbourne, Australia, is a 26 year old fellow warrior in the day to day battle with mental illness. She is such a strong, beautiful soul that has overcome many obstacles, and documents her road to recovery, as well as relapse, through powerful photos on her Instagram. The power of her will and resilience are evident throughout her insta feed, telling an honest story about how she is coping. Her yoga journey is awe-inspiring and so worth exploring!
Thank you Kendall, for sharing your #activitiestocope with the world!
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