Most people get to travel for just a few weeks, each year.
But, unfulfilled by the so-called rat race, Ekaterina Terenina ditched her mundane life in Irkutsk, Russia, in order to accomplish her dream of seeing the world – one yoga pose at a time.
And now the 24-year-old has become a social media star by documenting her journey with stunning snaps from a host of jaw-dropping locations.
Living the good life! Russian dancer Ekaterina Terenina pictured performing one of many yoga poses in Thailand
Since embarking on her journey, she’s racked-up more than 11,000 Instagram followers and continues to attract new fans with her social media uploads.
Especially as her pictures often show her flanked by some of the planet’s best hot-spots, including Nepal, Spain, Thailand, Montenegro and Italy.
But her glamorous life is a million miles away from the lethargic, lonely place she first started from in 2015.
‘I was completely uninterested in everything, tired from work and had no personal life,’ the yoga instructor reveals of her life before she overhauled it.
‘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.’
Working out in Montenegro: The brunette beauty showcases her flexibility while stood before a huge waterfall
Strike a pose: Getting comfortable in a Nepalese doorway (L), while proudly displaying her upper-body strength in Sardinia
‘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,’ she added.
‘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 plenty of perks, including the ability to indulge in her spiritual and physical exercise passion.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it! The 24-year-old has sculpted an impressive body thanks to her commitment to the ancient practice
Looking good: Showing off the results of her fitness in Thailand (L), while displaying more flexibility in Montenegro
Body beautiful: Sporting a barely-there bikini, the ex-nightclub dancer has revealed she suffered from low mood before
‘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, where she developed her knowledge in the discipline and had the opportunity to teach others’
‘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’.
Nobody’s looking at the view! More envy-inducing shots of Ekaterina enjoying her passion in the hills of The Balkans
In her homeland’s capital: Ekaterina pictured on a rooftop in Moscow – the most populous city of Russia
Feeling exotic: Enjoying the sunshine and wide, open spaces in one of Granada’s many manicured gardens
‘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 then reinforced her dream of becoming someone who is proficient in the study and practise of yoga, or a ‘yogi’.
Life’s a beach! Showing off on the sands of Barcelona (L), while distracting from the expensive yachts in Almeria
Never a dull moment: Always on-duty, Ekaterina finds opportunity to perform in the most unusual places
Bending over backwards for her yoga: Sight-seeing in the beautiful and historic city of Turin
‘For me, 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.’
A star is born! Since embarking on her journey, she’s racked-up more than 11,000 Instagram followers and continues to attract new fans with her social media uploads
Impressing the locals! Showcasing her skills in Granada (L), while looking cool in the wilds of Siberia
Exotic fun and fitness, too: Enjoying one of the many beautiful sunsets in Thailand…