Bonnie Schmidt

Bonnie Schmidt
Bonnie Schmidt is a yoga instructor in the DC area and the founder of Anxiety to Zen, a holistic and mindfulness-based approach to alleviating stress and anxiety. She offers classes and workshops that focus on utilizing yogic practices and philosophies to help people alleviate their stress and anxiety. Having overcome a debilitating anxiety disorder herself many years ago using these exact practices, she knows how important it is to have a healthy outlet and a way to keep the peace! For more info on Bonnie, her work, or her classes and workshops, please visit Anxiety to Zen at or connect with her on Facebook at

Anxiety to Zen: An Open Letter to Yoga

Bonnie Schmidt by Bonnie Schmidt | March 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Yoga saved my life.

Pretty grand statement, I know. And perhaps other people say that, too. I guess depending on where you are in life or what you happen to be going through, there are a lot of things that can save your life. A good book could do it, a sign from the universe or maybe even a strong martini. But when I say that yoga saved my life, I mean it truly came into my life during one of the darkest moments I had ever experienced and gave me back my desire to really live — fully and entirely.

A few years back, I found myself completely paralyzed with anxiety. I couldn’t go to work, drive my car or even leave my house without a potential panic attack. This anxiety made me angry. It made me resentful. But most of all, it made me an entirely different person. I became a shell of what I used to be. A lot of people thought I’d stay that way. Full disclosure: I thought I’d stay that way too.