Editorial|3rd Jan, 18

Fight like a girl- Liliya

My yoga journey started after my two years in the corporate world ended in a nervous breakdown, and depression. I used to have a very hectic, high-paying job. I lived in Paris. When I quit my corporate job at the age of 27, it was very difficult not knowing what to do with the rest of my life. I was considering committing suicide, which obviously I didn’t because I’m still here. It was a hard year for me - emotionally, financially, and in every other way. It was a new beginning, but also an end, so it was a very difficult time in my life.

Fight Like A Girl

I tried a lot of different tools, techniques, and therapies. I tried alternative therapies and healing with different specialists. I guess the one thing that stopped me from committing suicide was thinking how it will impact the people that love me, you know? I didn’t want them to live with this for the rest of their life. And I had a partner at the time who was amazing and supported me a lot while I was going through all of this. I think that support system made all the difference too. Today I manage my schedule between my classes and the business I have with my sister. We make baby clothes. Our whole business is about giving back to the community. We are partnered with a local NGO that works with street children. For every item we sell, we give them money for the nutrition of babies. After being in the corporate world and making a lot of money for corporations and big clients, I didn’t want to do business that way. I don’t like people putting me in a cage and labelling me like a corporate, or a lesbian, or a yoga teacher, or whatever. Right now, my partner is a guy, before that I was in a relationship with a woman for two years. For me it depends on the human being. It has nothing to do with gender. I love people. If people have a problem with it, it’s their headache, not mine.

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