After Heidi Williams was raped, she suffered from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. But she has found self confidence and strength through yoga.
After finding peace herself, Williams decided she was going to create some of the most breath taking images of body poses to inspire others who are suffering from extreme mental illnesses to find peace within themselves as well.
Today, she runs her own therapeutic yoga classes as well as retreats for those who do suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. As she stated to Mantra Yoga + Health: “It was in this place of mental illness hell that I found yoga and grace. Yoga brought me to a safe place again. A place of peace and self-acceptance.”
Williams had already attempted suicide with the addition of almost losing her 6 month old child. However, with a lot of practice and self-love, Williams managed to transform herself into someone who sees the good in life once again.
Devoting herself to helping individuals who have fallen in the exact same spot that she was in or relatively close to it.
One of her great successes right now especially are her online support groups as for others to connect to each other so that they are able to heal at their right pace and begin the steps necessary in finding their peace again.
One of the other amazing things that Williams has going on for her right now and for others is her Instagram. Here you can see Williams posting her everyday occurrences with her new perspective/love for life.
She is inspiring more and more people to give yoga try as to help with their mental stability. Williams is one of the greatest examples of the human spirit when it comes to dealing with everyday adversity.
Of course, life is definitely not an easy journey by all means, but to have all of what happened to her and still find the will to live as well as for others to live is pretty phenomenal.
Not everyone is able to make such a great comeback after such a horrible history, but she is not the kind of person who is going to let those things weigh her down anymore.
There is a lot that we can learn from her bravery as a person, dealing with unimaginable mental instability and what to do with it as well as how you can turn it into something amazing with the power of exercise.
We are all capable of making these kinds of comebacks, we just have to be willing to make that first step towards recovery.
If you know of anyone who may be dealing with an intense mental illness, perhaps directing them toward her support groups or Instagram can inspire them to make a long lasting recovery with help from yoga.