Up until this year, the 25-year-old was a yoga instructor at a gym in the high-rise apartment building where she had lived for the past five years.
“I’ve been teaching yoga for four years, since the beginning of the year, and I’ve never experienced a setback in that time,” she told The Sunday Times.
The yoga instructor, who did not want to be named, said she felt better after her third and final session of the month, when she was given a massage by a local doctor.
“I thought, ‘This is it.
This is the end,'” she said.
She said the massage was “a little bit painful, but I thought it was okay”.
“But then I noticed the doctor had gone into the room and started pulling on my shoulders and was trying to push me forward, and it was like, ‘Don’t worry, you’re fine, just relax.'”
Her experience was not unusual for many yoga instructors.
Some people are less likely to make progress if they are struggling with low self-esteem, according to a survey by the Australian Yoga Alliance (AAA) which was conducted in the summer.
“I have seen a number of people who have experienced mental health issues, anxiety, depression and stress issues, as well as social anxiety disorder, that have had a very difficult time finding a way to move forward,” AA’s president, Michelle Korsley, said.
She said people with “challenging or traumatic” experiences were more likely to struggle in the gym.
“A lot of yoga teachers struggle in yoga,” she said, adding that the AA was working with the gym to improve its safety and wellbeing measures.
Ms Korsly said the AA wanted to encourage yoga teachers to speak to other people in their life about their issues and support them to be successful in their yoga training.
“People are not aware of the kind of support they need and what support they should expect,” she added.
Ms Koursley said yoga instructors were “in the right place at the right time” to help people who had struggled with mental health problems.
A spokeswoman for AA said it wanted to improve the way yoga instructors talk to their students about mental health.
“We understand that teachers can be at a time of crisis or difficulty, so we have worked with the yoga teacher to work with her and her family to address any underlying issues,” she wrote in an email.
An AA spokeswoman said teachers needed to be “proactive” and to work through their own mental health challenges, and to be aware of what they might be going through in their own lives.
“As a result, we want to ensure that yoga teachers are taking responsibility for their own health, including ensuring that they are able to support their students in the right way,” she noted.
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