How Teaching Yoga Made Esther Stronger

In Episode 54 of Far From Finished Esther talks about how her yoga training made a significant impact towards achieving her recovery. She found ways to cope with what was going on in her head instead of wanting to drown it out.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) presents “Far From Finished,” a weekly podcast that shares the real-life stories of people who survived substance use to thrive in recovery. Esther started drinking as a coping strategy when she was 20. She didn’t grow up very happy in her skin. She never felt like she belonged where she lived. Alcohol made her feel more confident, and it gave her that feeling of being a bit more comfortable in who she was. When she was 20, life took a big downturn and ripped her apart to the point that her soul ached. It was then that she turned to drinking and drugs as a way to escape from everything that was going on in her head.2013 was a real watershed year for Esther. Her mental health was crumbling with every day that passed. It was when she listened to a song (Queens of the Stone Age’s “I Appear Missing”) that her moment of realization came. This song about feeling completely lost and unable to connect with the world hit her on a very personal level. She was a mother of two, she knew she had to do something besides just sit at home and drink. Esther had always wanted to be a yoga teacher for years. Her recovery started the day she trained to be a yoga teacher.

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