Det er lett å gå seg vill i de imponerende bildene til yogautøveren Heidi Williams, men de har også et viktig budskap.

I 2013 opplever Heidi alles foreldres mareritt når sønnen hennes slutter å puste og må gjenopplives. Han er i dag en sunn og helt frisk gutt, men opplevelsen går så hardt inn på Heidi at hun utvikler en serie psykiske lidelser.

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I tillegg til medisinsk behandling bestemmer Heidi seg for å legge om livsstilen sin, og finne seg en hobby. Det er slik hun oppdager yoga.

- Det var første gang på halvannet år jeg tenkte "Herregud, jeg lever". Jeg trodde jeg hadde mistet meg selv, sier hun til nettavisen Huffington Post.

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Heidi Williams begynner etter hvert å ta bilder av yogastillingene sine og publiserer bildene på Instagram. I dag underviser hun flere yogaklasser, og bruker sosiale medier til å skape debatt rundt mentale lidelser.

Å stille seg naken, både fysisk og mentalt, kan ha en terapeutisk effekt.

- Jeg delte historien min på Instagram og mange mennesker sa "Det er ingen som snakker om disse tingene". Jeg følte jeg fikk en kobling til disse menneskene, og fortsatte og dele. Bildene fungerer som terapi for meg.

Hank von Hell: Bare i fjor trengte jeg hjelp fra noen

Heidi Williams understreker at hun synes personer som sliter psykisk skal oppsøke legehjelp, men at yoga kan bidra til å hjelpe. I Norge opplyser Nasjonalt informasjonssenter for alternativ behandling (NIFAB) på sine nettsider at forskning peker i retning av yoga kan hjelpe mot depresjon, men det finnes for lite forskning på området til å kunne si det sikkert.

Her er flere av de flotte bildene Heidi publiserer på instagramkontoen @heidiwilliams89:

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A couple months ago, I was going through one of the most stressful experiences of my life. It was a particularly bad day and my anxiety was starting to get out of control. So I went on a walk. While I was walking I suddenly got a whiff of the lavender bush next to me. I stopped, picked some, held it up to my nose and inhaled deeply. Instantly, my muscles relaxed, my adrenaline calmed and my mind came to a stand still. I turned to my husband and said "Holy shit. I need this in my life!" I picked a bunch more and brought them home with me. I smelled those lavender sprigs every time I felt the anxiety coming on and every time I had the same reaction. Stillness. It became my new obsession. It was like yoga in a bottle. After several weeks of stashing lavender sprigs everywhere, I decided to call my friend who is an essential oil expert. I told her " I think I need some essential oils." She also knew about my journey with emotional trauma and said "I had a feeling you were going to call at some point. And I have the perfect kit for you. It's called the emotional aromatherapy kit, and it's designed to help balance emotions and is effective for emotional trauma as well." Having just experienced what I did with the lavender sprigs, I was all for it. I ordered my kit immediately.  You guys… these oils are insane. I only wish I wasn’t so new to them. That I would have had access to these oils when I first started my healing journey. in a nutshell:  Inhaling the therapeutic oils DIRECTLY affects the part of our brain that stores emotions (the amygdala) as well as the part that controls our stress levels and hormone balance. These oils are my God sends and my go-to's throughout the day. They have been unbelievably effective for dealing with the roller coasters of anxiety and depression. I love these oils as much as I love my yoga and meditation practice. If you are interested in recommendations or getting the same kit I got- which I highly recommend: *email me at [email protected] and follow my new essential oils page: * @hw89essentialoils Where I will be posting an oil a day and the emotional benefits of it.

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Part 3 of 3... I lived (not really) like this for a year. When I came to the realization that I wasn't safe. Silas wasn't safe. I had grown to resent him. I hated being a mom and I couldn't live like this anymore. With tears rolling down my cheeks I told Dev I needed to leave. Dev. My dev. He was my rock. My lifeline. The only thing that kept me breathing during this time. How could I leave this man that i loved so much? He was my everything. I couldn't imagine life without his constant support. I would crumble. But what choice did I have? I was like an uncontrollably beast when I was triggered. And he wasn't there most of the time when it happened. He knew it too. He had seen it happen a few times and knew I wasn't ok either. So in the saddest, defeated tone he said "ok. But Heidi my love, before you leave me, will you try just one more thing?" Of course I would do anything at this point to be able to stay. Exhausted and with tears rolling down my cheeks, I responded "yes. .of course." He told me he wanted me to get a gym membership. He knew I needed time away from Silas to heal and he wasn't old enough for preschool. But the gym would care for babies for up to 2 hrs a day. So I agreed. That day I went and signed up. The class that was available was a yoga class. Oh my goodness... You guys. I had forgotten what peace felt like. I had forgotten what I felt like. It was the first time I felt a complete removal of the monster inside. I felt the first few beats of the heart that had died a year previous. I felt alive and I felt hope. I started my path to healing that day. Yoga literally saved my life. It brought me to a place of safety to be able to find a way to heal my PTSD. Which I did and that is another story.

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