Ever since I started puberty in my early teens, I have struggled with chronic depression. In the early days my family figured that I had normal problems that plague all teenagers. However, my issues only worsened as I got older and started college. Soon I was experiencing paralyzing anxiety attacks amid weeks of constant depressive cycles that felt like they would never cease. At 19 I started going to a psychologist to figure out what was wrong with my brain. I wasn’t surprised when I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Although I know these diagnoses get thrown around a lot these days, it made a lot of practical sense with me. I tried talk therapy but it didn’t help as much as I had hoped it would. As a last resort, I decided to join a local yoga studio. I had tried yoga in the past at the fitness center that I frequent and I enjoyed it at the time. I knew that yoga draws on mindfulness concepts rooted in centuries of meditation practices. By increasing my mental and physical mindfulness, I was able to decrease my depression and anxiety symptoms. It wasn’t a total cure, nor would I expect it to be. But the change in my demeanor was noticeable to everyone around me. It was obvious that yoga was having a positive and lasting effect on my overall mental health. I don’t know if I would be as successful as I am now if I hadn’t found yoga years ago when I needed it the most.