Traveling is what makes me the happiest person in the world. But once the weekend is over, I have to come back to reality and go to work on Monday. However, this is not the case for this Russian dancer. The 24-year-old Ekaterina Terenina, from Irkutsk, quit her job to explore the world by traveling while practicing yoga at the same time. Her life has become a different yoga pose for every location she visits. Here are some of her stunning snaps.
Nowadays, she has more than 11,000 followers on Instagram and continues to attract more each day. Her snaps include different yoga poses in amazing places, including Nepal, Spain, Thailand, Montenegro, and Italy.
In 2015, she felt disappointed and uninterested with her mundane life in Russia.
“I was completely uninterested in everything, tired from work and had no personal life,” the yoga instructor reveals.
She goes on:
“I had low self-esteem and physical lethargy. I fell into a kind of depressed state and that was the moment when I decided something needed to change. I wanted to change it for a long time but I didn’t have the courage to leave since the club I worked for [as a dancer] earned me a steady salary. Originally, I wanted to move to the USA; that was always my dream, but I didn’t get a visa so I completely changed my route and went to Thailand. I have no regrets.”
I can’t even begin to think how to do this, by the way.
“My mood became instantly better and when I went travelling I began to sleep well at night, was always warm, swam in the sea, met so many people and my mood began to rise. I became more confident, freer. But I appreciate every period of my life; even the worst periods takes us somewhere. The only thing about this way of life is that I don’t have a steady living with a house and a permanent life; I’m always living out of a suitcase and can’t be in one place for long.”
However, she enjoys every minute of it.
Through yoga, she has gained more confidence and leads a healthier life now.
“Yoga has taught me how to listen to my heart and following the right path,” she adds. “That’s when I decided to learn more about yoga and then went to Nepal.”
There, Ekaterina joined a yoga teaching 200-hour class. She became an instructor and was able to teach others as well.
“I chose Nepal for teaching because it was a completely new and unusual country for me,” she detailed.
“It was a great way to get out of my comfort zone, because the course was completely on English language which I wasn’t very fluent on”.
Here, she is pictured in her homeland’s capital, Moscow.
Ekaterina reflects on the starting point of her experience:
“It was a difficult and the best experience I have ever had. We had a little exam at the end of the course. We could give our own yoga class for others and I did it well, understanding that ‘I can do it’ and decided one day that I would teach yoga to other people for a living.”
The Nepalese experience made her dream come true.
She always wanted to become someone who is proficient in the study and practice of yoga, or a ‘yogi’.
“For me, a yogi is a person who listens to their heart, trusts in the universe and of’ course applies yoga into their daily lives”, she added.
“My advice is that you don’t need to be afraid to go where you want to go and want to be.”
“Try to do what you want to do.”
“The world is open to any person if the person is open to the world.”
Would you do it, too?
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