My first encounter with yoga took place in 2010, when I moved to live in Prague from Kyiv (I am originally from Moldavia, and in Kyiv, I was studying at the university for an interpreter). From my first class, I felt that yoga is my thing, and was completely delighted by it. Despite the fact that it was a lesson of so-called power yoga in the fitness center, focusing only on the physical aspect of practice, despite the fact that at that time I had a very vague idea of the philosophy and essence of yoga, I felt that yoga could offer much more than just physical exercise. That first lesson was the beginning of a long and gradual personal transformation. Similarly, my personal practice has changed: gradually I began to be interested in philosophy and yoga theory, and in 2015 I irrevocably fell in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa and have since practiced this style 6 times a week. Since I started practicing ashtanga, the path of my transformation has become even more intense. 6 times a week, without excuses, I meet face to face with myself on the mat and plunge into a practice full of challenges. For me, this is a ritual of showing respect and self-love, which allows me to treat others with exactly the same love and respect, practice yoga outside the mat. That's why I stay with yoga and pass it on to others - it's a wonderful way of self-discovery, self-improvement and acceptance of oneself and others as they are.