From my early 20’s, I seemed to court drama and disaster in my life.  It wasn’t all bad, there were some wonderful moments, but there always seemed to be darkness on the horizon.   I drank FAR too much, using alcohol as my hiding place from myself, and, without really acknowledging it, becoming totally addicted to it.  I smoked a lot, both legal and illegal substances, despite being asthmatic since childhood.  I was reckless in my behaviour, cynical and pessimistic, terrible with money, had disastrous relationships with men, and generally invited trouble into my life at any possible opportunity.  I was falling apart for a very long time, but this was so normal to me I barely noticed!

In 2013, after 20 years of chaotic living, I hit a wall.  A series of difficulties led to a breakdown.  I quit full time work, and got on with the business of falling apart.

Through that falling apart, I made one very powerful decision that started a chain of events that led to healing.  I enrolled on a Yoga teacher training course.

Through this course, I was able to begin to heal my life.  I stopped drinking.  I stopped smoking.  I became single and spent time getting to know and respect myself.  I learned to breathe well, to relax, to see the positives in life, to feel happy.  Not all the time, but I also learned to be ok with not feeling happy, to experience the emotions I felt instead of numbing them.

I have learned much along this journey, and am still learning all the time.  I am far from ‘fixed’, but was I ever really broken to begin with! I was just working through some lessons I needed to learn!

Every day is a school day!

Thankfully, school days are long behind me, but lessons certainly have been learned, and are still being learned every day.  We never stop learning, we can always grow and expand in life.  I would like to share with you some of the lessons I have learned in my journey.

I am going to expand on each of these lessons I have learned in a series of blog posts that will follow from this, starting tomorrow.  As I publish the posts, I will add the links to them so that they will eventually all be on this page.

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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