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Yoga in India

Photo taken by contributor FromDarknesstoLight, a man from Germany who experienced a drug-related psychosis in December 2011, and has been taking medication since. He continued to regularly abuse drugs until earlier this year when the drugs, combined with his medication and psychosis, led doctors in Germany to diagnose him with schizophrenia. He had to stop his studies at university and lost his part-time job as a tennis coach. Shortly thereafter, he decided that he had to change his lifestyle. He looked for alternative ways of healing, and ended up going to India where he did an ayurvedic treatment for 7 weeks. He discovered so many inspiring things that he extended his stay in India until next year so he can continue learning and healing.

About this photo: “This picture was taken on the rooftop of our guesthouse ‘Shiva Gardens’ in Varkala, India. It’s a simple picture, but it means a lot to me. I associate my start to yoga with it and so a new lifestyle.

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4 comments on “Yoga in India

  1. Paula McLane Jennings
    November 4, 2013

    looks like a very peaceful place to do yoga!


  2. namaste56
    November 4, 2013

    Beautiful story, so happy this man found peace through such an honored practice.


  3. charlypriest
    November 5, 2013

    I was going to say the same as namaste56, I don´t know if the story is more beautiful than the picture, I´m happy for the man, I know about that problem


  4. yeah, it was a very peaceful place to do yoga.
    thanks for your comments!
    i´m still strong and going my way in india! i´m still practicing a lot yoga. it´s beautiful.
    om shanti from auroville


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