In my year(s) of recovery, I finally made time to reflect on my experiences from a peaceful perspective. Reading through the scientific literature on stress, burn-out, and yoga, and exploring yoga philosophy and practice on my teacher trainings in India and Thailand, this bridge was a path to reinvention when I needed it most. Psychological science helped to understand how chronic stress is induced, while the practice of yoga helped to shape my internal and external environments in two ways:
1. I became less sensitive to the stress triggers in western society
2. I became able to make conscious choices about when and how I want to respond to my environment.
Yoga is routinized, habitual practice of physical and mental awareness, which is needed if you wish to change the way you live. Mere understanding is just not enough. Practice is the gateway to change.