My yoga journey

Let me take you back in time.

Back to the first time I unfolded my mat to do yoga in my tiny little attic room in Istanbul. On a spring day in 2015, I placed my laptop at the end of the mat, sat crossed-legged, closed my eyes, and breathed gently. What thoughts passed through my mind on that first day is still a mystery.

This is how I started doing yoga.

There came a moment when doing yoga was not enough. I had to learn more about it.

Questions started to pour out: What is Pranayama? Where are the chakras placed? Why do yoga poses have interesting animal names? To answer these, I read about anatomy, philosophy, spirituality, history, mythology, community, and nutrition. Yoga included all these; how incredible was that!

This is how I became devoted to practicing yoga.

All this know-how and the amount I spent on the mat created an urge in me to share. I wanted people to meet this divine practice. I started a yoga blog in 2018. My goal was to do yoga for 365 days and write about the experience. Creating my own flows improved my asana practice while writing my thoughts and emotions helped deepen my meditation practice remarkably.

This is how I started sharing my practice online.

In 2020, while everybody on the planet was questioning their existence due to a global pandemic, yoga, maybe for the first time in my life, became something solid that helped me survive. Through yoga, I could keep my anxiety at a controllable level and preserve a healthier mental state. People needed yoga. I saw and experienced it in the first place. I knew how it helped me and how it could help others. Thus, I enrolled on a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in the fall of 2020.

This is how I became a yoga teacher.

Seeing people reconnect with their bodies, putting a smile on their faces, helping them discover the power of their breath, and teaching them how to embrace the present. Each of these is more than enough to spread the knowledge.

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