Heidi Williams is an exemplary woman, someone anyone and everyone could look up to. A survivor of rape, and having experienced depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she became a yogi – initially to revive her body, mind, and soul.
Based in Las Vegas, the artist is now a spokesperson for people who experience similar things, even heading a facebook page that works as a support group. The eponymous group is something she describes as a “safe zone” for people who are fighting for mental health.
Speaking to Mantra Yoga + Health, Heidi explained the reason behind her powerful Instagram account and Facebook. “It was in this place of mental illness hell that I found yoga and grace. Yoga brought me to a safe place again,” she said. “A place of peace and self-acceptance.”
Her yoga poses are mesmerizing on its own, but coupled with amazing photography, the images are not just aesthetically pleasing but also very powerful. As she contorts her body into gorgeous, incredibly amazing poses, she showcases how strong and flexible someone can be both physically and mentally. In addition to the photographs, she puts inspiring captions in the form of stories and anecdotes that would serve as additional inspiration.
In an interview with Bored Panda, she revealed that she almost lost her 6-month old son and she even attempted to commit suicide. In 2013, her son Silas “basically died and came back to life” she told Huffington Post. While her son was revived, she would get triggered whenever something remotely dangerous would happen. Even if he whined or cried, it affected her and would even provoke episodes of self-harm.
However, she went to therapy and found a hobby as well. “It was the very first time in 18 months that I was like, ‘Oh my god, I exist,’” she said of her first yoga class. “I’m under all of this horrible. I thought I had lost myself.” Because of yoga, she was able to breathe strength and will back into her life, and now inspires others to take a stand and get inspired, similar to how she was able to bounce back.
“I was able to heal from my mental illnesses and have now dedicated my life and career to helping others through the self-healing process,” she confessed, in an interview with My Modern Met. Her yoga regime focuses on therapeutic classes and retreats for people who are experiencing similar things in their lives and need a way to recover.
“Healing is not only possible, but inevitable,” she said.
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