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MY STORY

After suffering from a breakdown, then being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Victoria Cunningham Downey realised yoga was to be her salvation. Here, she tells her story of being a yoga teacher living with a mental illness

Yoga saved my life. That may sound like a dramatic statement, but it is true. Although I have been practicing yoga for almost 30 years and teaching it for 16, it wasn’t until I had a breakdown brought on by severe stress in 2009 that I realised yoga had always been - and always will be - my lifeline.

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Welcome to the April issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. Inside, we look at some of the best yoga retreats taking place this summer, the ideal way to elevate your practice whether you’re an experienced practitioner or a beginner. Going on a retreat is the perfect way to kickstart any healthy new lifestyle so if you haven’t tried one yet, why not give it a go? Make the time for yourself and your body, mind and soul will love you for it. We’ve also got lots of other inspirational stories and ideas to spur you on this month, including plenty of practical yoga tips, healthy eating recipes and insight from leading experts and instructors. Read on for more great yoga content that will elevate your practice both on and off the mat. Have a great month, folks, and I hope to see you on the mat soon.

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