In this beautifully filmed short video, Maris Degener tells the powerful story of how yoga saved her life. When her eating disorder had her believing she should take up as little space as possible, her yoga practice encouraged her otherwise. Yoga empowered Maris to claim all the physical and energetic space she needed and taught her that her words and actions have a powerful effect on the world around her.

Now, having been a yoga teacher since age 16, Maris uses her words and actions to encourage her students to believe in themselves and that fear and anxiety can be overcome. She explains that once you find your power on the yoga mat, it becomes easy to bring it out into the world with you, creating a ripple effect that extends far beyond your yoga practice.

Maren is living proof that yoga for eating disorders can bring real healing. Watch her incredible story of recovery and growth below: