How Yoga Cured My Burnout



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For six years, I had two jobs. It was the most devastating period of my life, being a mom and having two jobs. I am adept to home cooking as well, and in the end I worked like an automaton. I couldn’t enjoy any moment of my life neither in work nor at home.
 
Before that, I was a devoted English teacher, believing that my job made a difference. By the end of the sixth year, however, I felt like being in a treadmill. I realized had burnout syndrome, but I just didn’t know what to do about it.
 
Then, on a spur of the moment, I ordered a yoga DVD and started a home practice. Mind you, I am 45 years old and have never been interested in working out. Somehow, though, practicing yoga had been always on my mind as something I would like to try.
 
Here are some ways yoga has changed my life.

1. I got rid of the feeling recklessness.

After the first two weeks of yoga practice, I observed that the recklessness, the stress that I am always behind of schedule and never on time with anything had disappeared. In addition to having more energy to keep me going during the day, I felt much calmer.

At this point, I was only practicing yoga twice a week, mostly at the weekends.

2. Time expanded.

Before starting my yoga practice, I always felt like time was melting, slipping out of my hands. I never knew how the minutes and hours passed without me accomplishing anything productive.

Yoga gave me precious minutes and hours, time became a dimension again, and I found myself accomplishing even more than I proposed to do during the day.

3. I began making the right decisions.

As breathing cleared my mind and thinking, I realized there was a need for me to change my lifestyle. Giving up on the second job came naturally as a logical decision that I do not regret. Doing so has helped me concentrate more on what was most important for me—my family.

4. My burnout disappeared.

I didn’t even realize when it happened, but one morning, I found myself smiling, wanting to go to school and looking forward to teaching the children. I was cured.

Everything had happened so naturally, so smoothly. No fight, no medication was involved in the process. Doing yoga on a regular basis simply made me a calmer, happier, and more energetic person who could enjoy both her work and her free time.

Sometimes I think, ”I wish I had discovered yoga earlier in my life,” but I am certain that it came to me in the right time. I do yoga now almost every morning, and have longer practices twice a week.

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Yoga has saved me and continues to save me from being a bitter middle-aged teacher, a grumpy wife, and an unbearable mom, so I keep on doing it—you might want to try it, too.

Bogi is a member of the DOYOUYOGA Community. The opinions and statements expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of DOYOUYOGA and Skyrocket Media.

Bogi Kassai
Bogi Kassai

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