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How Yoga helped me to be off antidepressants and in tune with my body

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MABEL BUTLER

As an outsider looking in, even as a child I was always looking for my niche. I was born and raised in Southern California till the age of 9 before my family packed us up and moved us near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Although it was beautiful here, I didn't really fit in. I was athletic and boyish and not very socially experienced. I struggled through my childhood and barely graduated high school. I didn't even begin college till the age of 30. By then I had been divorced with two children and a niece to care for. Growing up as a single mother was not easy.

I've been a nursing assistant since the age of 18 and felt that at age 30 it was time to further my career and become a Registered Nurse. Little did I know that school was only going to progressively make me worse. I was depressed and had been taking medication for it. I also spent 2 years in college taking prerequisites. By the time I made it through my classes required for nursing, I discovered through time that this is not what I wanted. I couldn't fathom the thought of continuing to pursue something that was not going to make me happy. I still wanted to be a nursing assistant at the hospital where I worked and  I was fine with that. However I was really disappointed I had accrued school debt with no diploma to show for it. I fell into a further depression. 

It wasn't till September of 2015 that I had started to finally succumb to the yoga pictures and videos I saw on Instagram. When I first came across these beautiful pictures, I never thought I'd ever be able to even come close to being able to do some of the poses like crow, headstands and such. I began my home practice by November and had spent hours online researching tips to begin my own practice at home. The start of December I was lucky enough to meet a few yogis who were able to help me hands on with some techniques for arm balances and inversions. By February I was completely obsessed with my practice.  I felt like my soul was slapping me in the face telling me "HEY, you found your niche in life!" I spent 4-5 hours daily on my home practice learning yoga flows, inversions, asanas, Hatha yoga and recently Pranayama. Eager to learn Sanskrit and more about the science and benefits of yoga I purchased all books need for Yoga Teacher Training. 

In April I had spent many hours online researching schools for YTT and what it would take to practice around the world as a yoga instructor. I found Three Trees Yoga in Washington state as a perfect fit for my learning needs. I have been off anti depressants since January of 2016 and have been more in tune with my body than I have my whole life. I begin YTT in January of 2017. I am chasing my dreams to become a nationally known as a yoga instructor. I want to continue to help heal people the same way I was able to heal myself. I have joined the yoga community on Instagram to extend my outreach and offer any help or tips to anyone who seeks help. I am excited to announce that I hosted my first two challenges on Instagram in August and September and plan to keep hosting more, and Love Tucketts has so graciously agreed to sponsor us and help me chase my dreams.