Running for City Council October 11, 2011Posted by admin in : People, Politics Tags:Campaigning, City Council, government, Grassroots, Local Elections, Politics, Roswell, Voting , add a comment
Start Local, Think Global! We hear this all the time, but how many people actually stand up and take action? My boyfriend DID?!?!?! He’s running for the upcoming city election and nominated ME to be his “Campaign Manager!” Woo-hoo, right? No, not exactly. I had no idea how much time or energy it would take to run a campaign, but we are doing it.
I never realized the importance of local elections or the value in being informed at the grassroots level, but if people had any idea how the decisions made by city management affected our lives, more people would get involved. It’s a tough world and many of us are losing hope and faith in our leaders, which is why we need to stand up and take positive action. We may not be able to make a direct impact on the world, but we CAN make a difference in our own community.
Neither of us have any direct experience working in politics so we’re learning as we go and it’s been quite an education. Thomas is definitely not a “politician” and I’m certainly not a “politician’s wife,” but we are good people and we care about our community and everyone in it. The decision to run for local office was an individual choice, but we are a collective whole and we need to stand together and support one another in this endeavor to bring about positive change.
Taking on this kind of challenge requires all kinds of support and so I’m using my blog to reach out to fellow beings to support this incredible decision my man has made to Be the Change. Even if you’re not local or you don’t know us directly, we are still ONE and your support will absolutely make a difference. There are so many ways to accomplish this so don’t feel like you can’t. Become our fan on Facebook or send words of encouragement or donate or send positive thoughts or peaceful energy … something … anything. The power is behind the intention and collective intention is unprecedented!
I’m so proud of Thomas, as he’s a visionary and I know without a doubt he will serve his community well and he will not be swayed by the nonsense that goes on in politics. He’s taken on a lot and he has a lot of people who depend on him, but he keeps working hard because he knows he’s doing the right thing. Even under all the responsibilities and pressure, he doesn’t lose his cool nor does he seem to run out of patience. I see how selfless he is and how he still manages to find the time to bring me coffee or buy me flowers and I just want to support him in any way I can. I’m reaching out to my readers hoping they will pass this on to their friends so that we can come together collectively and share a little love!
Spread the word and help Be the Change!!!
Love, Light and SO much gratitude ~
Vacationing on a 30 Day Challenge September 7, 2011Posted by admin in : Yoga , add a comment
I made it through the first week of the 30 Day Challenge, but it was harder than I thought. The student who encouraged me to do this with her isn’t a long time practitioner nor does she have any kind of teacher training experience and yet she made it through the week effortlessly. She seemed a lot more energized and enthusiastic after a week of practicing and I’m supposedly an “experienced” yoga teacher.
I love to practice and I thought it would be fun to roll the mat out every day, but the commitment to practice over a long holiday weekend was met with quite a bit of self-induced resistance. Vacations are a time for me to disconnect from electronics, life’s daily routine, and the need to be so regimented. I typically don’t eat as healthy, I don’t get as much rest, and although I love to take classes when I’m out of town, my personal yoga practice usually falls by the wayside. The result is a self-imposed brawl of emotion, as it usually takes me several days to recuperate from being so undisciplined.
This vacation was different because I wasn’t able to disconnect. There was always an underlining sense of responsibility because no matter what I did, I knew I had to practice at some point and it forced me to make better decisions. If I was out having a good time with friends, I always had it in the back of my mind that I had to get to bed at a decent hour and if I was out laying at the pool, I knew I couldn’t have a cocktail without thinking about how it would affect my practice. I also had to be mindful of the food I ate knowing a heavy meal would just sit in my belly and cause much discomfort the first time I went in to a deep forward fold or a wholehearted twist.
In the moment it was an inconvenience, but when I got on the mat, I closed my eyes and was thankful for not being one of the ones starving to death. With hands at heart center, my intention was always to offer my practice to those I was supporting. It got me through the 90 minutes and became a beautiful invocation of my commitment to always keep an open heart.
Driving back from vacation I felt unbelievably grateful for having made the commitment to be responsible and practice every day. I have a tendency to live my life with my head in the clouds, but it’s not ideal to live or hide behind rose colored sunglasses because life eventually comes along and knocks you back down to earth so you can be more in touch with the moment, which is where life really happens.
Practicing yoga every day kept me grounded and connected without having to be catapulted there. It didn’t take a jet ski accident, or a humbling remark from a yoga student, or some other life lesson. It was simply me staying true to my commitment and doing something not because I necessarily wanted to, but because I had to.
When we take care of our bodies, our bodies take care of us and we live a more balanced fulfilling life. It doesn’t come effortlessly and often it takes a lot of work, but that’s just like anything else. We get back what we put in and if we continue to punish ourselves or abuse our bodies and not be mindful of our thoughts and/or emotions, we eventually get a good swift kick in the butt because life is here to teach us.
Leave the “Crap” out of the Yoga Room August 29, 2011Posted by admin in : People, Spiritual Growth, Yoga , 3comments
I subbed a yoga class for a friend over the weekend, which always brings up a little hesitation with the students since they are expecting to see their favorite teacher, but I also know that we always get what we need, regardless of who’s teaching so I did what I do, as all teachers do … I opened my heart and allowed my own unique style of teaching to emerge.
We all have our own language and way of being in the yoga room that differentiates us from every one else. It’s one of the things I love about yoga. Every class is different and every teacher has his or her own unique style. As I guided the yogis in to prayer crescent twist, I told them to breathe deeply in to the pose, as twists have a way of wringing the “crap” out of our bodies.
It’s not like I think about every word I say. The words are unforeseeable, as they come from within and materialize in the moment. I have to trust my body and inner wisdom to know what to say and when to say it and if someone takes offense, then perhaps that’s something for them to pore over in their own time.
Even though you have no idea how a class full of strangers is going to react to your style of teaching, you have to let go of the expectations and judgments knowing that you’re doing your best. As I guided the class out of svasana, the energy felt received and I felt comforted by the sleepy eyes and the peaceful calm that permeated the sea of mats. I received a lot of heartfelt appreciation and I was feeling good until a student came up to me and said, “You know … you’re a really good teacher, but you need to leave the “crap” out of the yoga room.” What?!?!?!?!?! “What crap?” She went on to say that there was no place for negative words in the yoga room and that I really needed to be careful about the words I use.
Although I was completely taken off guard and dumbfounded, I heard myself say, “Thank you for being honest and for sharing with me. I appreciate you feeling safe enough to be truthful.” I wanted to mean it and I did mean it in the sense that I truly believe that human beings and life experiences are our teachers and if someone feels strongly enough to share their opinion, then we should at least listen to see if any of it resonates or stirs up any thoughts or feelings that could be used to learn something about ourselves.
That being said, I got more and more upset, as I drove home. I kept thinking I wanted to take back my words of gratitude and tell her how I really felt. Who was she and what gave her the right to judge me or tell me what I could or could not say? Yoga is about non-judgment and leaving the ego outside the classroom. I’ve spent my whole life drowning in insecurities and have done a lot of work to build my confidence and the yoga room is the one place I feel safe. Yoga is my passion and sense of security and she had no right to take that away from me.
Yes, I was a little defensive, but therein lies my challenge … to be a silent witness to my own judgements and self-justifying. Being conscious is allowing others to trigger sensitivities and insecurities so that we can grow and become better beings. Judging her for judging me was not the answer. It’s about transforming my fears in to love so that I can be a better person. Had she not triggered anything for me then we wouldn’t be having this conversation so I’m grateful to this person for being honest and giving me an opportunity to explore myself a little deeper, but it is also my opinion that nobody has the right to judge another. Teaching is an act of great service and we all have a way of doing it that makes us feel comfortable and safe and that should be held in the highest regard.
From Dancing Toes to All my Woes August 24, 2011Posted by admin in : Injuries, Spiritual Growth , add a comment
Although I would prefer to live behind rose colored sunglasses, I do get that being deeply connected to mankind requires doing a little soul searching, which means allowing our lives to ebb and flow through life’s highs and lows. This gives us the ability to stay grounded and connected and to have compassion, but it doesn’t always come so easily.
Before Saturday, I was gleaming from leaving corporate to pursue my passion to teach. My relationship was feeling rich and abundant and I was savoring every moment of my insatiable life. The sun was shining bright on my face, as we drove up in the convertible to the lake. I was smiling ear to ear sipping on a latte while all 10 toes danced happily across the dashboard.
That was obviously my high. The low came several hours later when I was thrown off a jet ski. I’m not exactly sure how it all went down because it happened so fast, but the impact of the water felt like a brick hit my face. I thought I was knocked unconscious until I realized there was blood running down my face.
I spent the next 48 hours in an extreme amount of pain. Everything from my teeth to the top of my head throbbed and the left side of my neck ached. Usually my life flows and I’m able to go where the wind takes me, but when I’m physically thrown off center, my mind becomes controlling and incessant.
Mind: Don’t be a baby … be strong … brush it off … it’s no big deal … it’s just a tiny little cut
Self: It is a big deal … it scared the shit out of me … I’m in a lot of pain … my whole face is throbbing … I think I might pass out
Mind: You’re going to ruin everyone’s evening … get it together
Self: How do I know if I’m okay … how do I know if I need stitches … what if I have a concussion … should I call my mom … I shouldn’t worry her … can I take Tylenol and Advil together … how much can I take … what just happened … I’m feeling faint … I really think I’m going to pass out
And the Mind went on and on through the next day too …
Mind: This is the first weekend in a while you don’t have to teach … you should get up and take a yoga class … you’re head doesn’t hurt that bad … you’re fine … now get up
Self: It’s okay to rest and take it easy and watch chick flicks all day … laying on the couch and eating pizza and ice cream is okay
Mind: Now you’re the victim and all this laying around and eating crap is going to make you feel worse … you should’ve gone to yoga … you’re being such a baby
Self: Shut up … I don’t have to be a tough girl … I’m not a tough girl … my head hurts and I want to cry
And on and on it went …
After all the mindless noise began to settle, I found myself contemplating the bigger picture. Accidents happen and it could’ve been worse so I start thinking about the things that are really important to me like having a family and being a wife and a mom. My mind wants to label this analytical thinking, as bad, but is it? Life is way too short and perhaps this is why things like this happen in our lives … to get us thinking about things that matter.
If we were always floating around with our heads in the clouds we would never be forced to go deeper in to our selves and so although we must let go to a certain extent and accept our lives and allow them the flow organically, there’s something to be said about making conscious decisions. We have to use life, as a tool, and accidents, illness, and life’s challenges are a way of teaching us to connect to the body and get in touch with what’s important.
Love Beneath the Surface May 5, 2011Posted by admin in : People, Spiritual Growth, Yoga , 1 comment so far
As children, love was purely physical. Unable to take care of ourselves, we grew to depend on those who did. Love was primitive and physical, as we fought for survival. As we began to explore our individuality, love metamorphosed in to something else. As a capitalistic society, we were self-centered and fear and control and judgment created a platform of insecurities that programed an emotional void in people. In order to feel loved and accepted, we had to meet the expectations of society.
We were the first species on the planet to have the capacity to feel and every human has the intrinsic need to be loved but the heart was never seen as more than an organ. Emotions were intolerable, as people were fighting for human rights and for the very land on which we lived. Years and years of anarchy sabotaged our ability to connect to others in a more compassionate loving way.
Most of us grew up in a very self-centered society where people didn’t know the meaning of genuine love. People were used for the sole benefit of another. Happiness existed outside the body. It was conditional and fleeting and never around for very long. Happiness was found in relationships or material possessions or fancy job titles or lavish homes.
Spending the past 12 years on the mat exploring the physical body and practicing mindfulness, I began to explore something greater than the ego, which kept me small and contained. Being more conscious meant spending less time on the merry go around of incessant thought. You can’t be in the mind and conscious at the same time so you are either in the mind or you are conscious, but you can’t be both. Consciousness is bliss. I saw the me beneath the veil of illusion. I saw the pure organic joy one can only feel in the presence of something spiritually profound.
If we continue to allow ourselves to be distracted, we will never know what it’s like to be in our bodies and we will never get the chance to meet ourselves. We are always going to be seperate from one another and we will continue to judge or blame or critize that which doesn’t meet our approval because we are living through the filter of our mind and the the mind’s of our ancestors.
We are at a critical point in our lives. People are suffering and we have to stop self medicating through distractions and addictions. Will power and forcing ourselves to be better isn’ t the answer. We must go to the source and heal that which lives in fear and we need to focus on and cultivate the loving parts of ourselves.
Once you feel the soul’s essence, you will want to go further and further in to a place of eternal joy. It’s about being authentic and living from a place of love and having mutual respect for all beings.
Through this process of awakening to my higher self, I see people differently and view relationships on a much deeper level. I’ve grown to truly love the people in my life and not because of how they make me feel or what the relationshiop brings to me emotinally but because I’m finally able to see the depth of who we all are at the core of our being beyond the superficial platform we stand.
Vacation Alone January 31, 2011Posted by admin in : Fun Times, Spiritual Growth, Travels, Uncategorized Tags:artist's date, Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way, traveling, vacation , 4comments
Who goes on vacation alone? I never even thought about it until last year when I was reading the Artist Way by Julian Cameron. The book was written, as a creative tool to discover and recover the creative self. Part of the 12 week commitment was taking myself out on weekly artist dates, which, by the way, was a completely foreign concept to me.
I thought I was comfortable being alone since much of my time was spent solo, but when I really got to the guts of what she was asking, I was terrified. I was at a loss as to what to do so I spent the first 3 weeks making myself delicious home cooked meals by candlelight and taking myself to the movies (which, by the way, sucks on a Friday night if you’re single). By week 3 or 4 Julia says (and I’m paraphrasing), “… if you’re still taking yourself to the movies or making yourself a romantic home cooked meal, as your artist date, get out there and go on a “real” date … be creative and have some fun …”
Have fun going out alone in public? Really? That didn’t sound like any fun at all. It was much more fun sulking around the house playing the abandoned victim who would never love again. I didn’t know what to do, but the daunting task of being more creative opened up a whole new chapter in my life. My inner child awakened and I had permission to be authentic without fear of predisposed judgments.
Closer to the end of the course, she assigned us the task of writing down our dream weekend. Not knowing the next week she would actually have us carry out the big dream, I went all out! I visualized myself on the beach basking in the sun doing yoga and eating gourmet meals and sipping on vintage wine. I was reading on the beach and writing by the pool. I was sleeping in and beginning each day with a leisuring bike ride.
Determined to complete the assignment, I took myself (kicking and screaming) to Destin Beach.
I so wanted to back out, but in staying and facing my fear, I empowered myself beyond measure. I reconnected to a part of myself that was abandoned, as a child and my energy shifted to a more subtle vibration. My sense of being was awakened and renewed and it felt good to be in my body. I had confidence and strength and saw my life’s purpose in all its glory. It felt good to be me and I was proud of myself for facing a paralyzing fear and stepping in to the unknown. I was showered with abundance and joy and for the first time in my life, I knew what it was like to smile from the inside.
Who knew vacationing alone could bring so much joy and clarity and insight. There’s just something about being away from distractions and not having to coordinate schedules with anyone, but yourself. Your perspectives and judgments shift, as you notice your surroundings with every sense. It’s truly a spiritual gift to travel alone, as your inner voice becomes the only voice and the wisdom that speaks to you ignites the internal flame of the mother womb and we are immediately taken back to the place within us that’s pure and beautiful.
Intentions for 2011 January 14, 2011Posted by admin in : Spiritual Growth Tags:Full Lunar Eclipse, Intentions, New Year, Winter Solstice , add a comment
Winter Solstice falling on a Full Lunar Eclipse created fertile soil to sow the seeds of intention for the coming year. I sat quietly at my alter with hands pressed together at heart center setting clear intentions beneath the energy of the full moon. The New Year has always been a time of change and a celebration of new beginnings so I asked for my eyes and ears to open so I could see what I needed to see and hear what I needed to hear. I asked for my heart to open and to release that which no longer served, removing any obstacles in the way of my soul’s highest potential.
I set these intentions with conviction waking at 1am, 2am, and again at 3am to stand beneath the dark shadowy sky. I couldn’t see the eclipse through the cloudy night, but that didn’t stop me from looking up towards the moon and breathing in the energy of the magical night. I exhaled gratitude, as I knew my intentions were manifesting and it was now up to me to take action and be the change I wished to see.
I floated high the week between the Full Moon and the New Year, as I could feel a remarkable shift in energy. I welcomed the coming of the New Year, as I knew all my hopes and dreams were being brought to light, but as the clock struck midnight, the preceding happiness retreated to darkness and my heart fell heavy with grief.
I woke up the next day to find the nation whirling in happiness. Everyone’s FB status showed signs of promise, as everyone was hopeful and full of joy. Why wasn’t I blissed out or basking in the magical energy of 2011. Why was I torn with grief and despair and feeling cranky and irritable? Did the universe leave me out? Was I somehow skipped over and left to wallow in the energy of the past?
My body was toxic from self neglect and over indulgence from the holidays so I needed to find a way to reconnect. I took a hiatus from alcohol, curbed the morning run to Starbucks, and fed my body with clean raw food. I turned off the television and retreated from all the distractions that kept my mind from being present and I got quiet, as one can only hear the iner workings of the soul in the quiet sanctuary of self. A still mind always hears the inner voice of reason and mindfullness brings clarity so I practiced yoga, meditated, and asked for guidance.
Manifestations do not always come neatly packaged so we may need to temporarily turn our lives upside down to realize our dreams, but it’s only to get us to see what we need to see and to hear what we need to hear. Spiritual work is often unpleasant at its root but clearing your way through the brush reaps consciousness, which is ultimate freedom. You are not alone if you are sitting in transition waiting for the waning of the old and waxing of the new, but it’s up to you to take action and be the change you wish to see.
Peaceful Warrior – Warm Sunset September 14, 2010Posted by admin in : Uncategorized , 1 comment so far
It’s time for those with a higher expanded consciousness to step up and take charge of how we live in the world, but not in a militant harmful way where we seek to control and destroy the autonomy of others. It’s about unifying and coming together peacefully and with tolerance. When we dig deep within ourselves and fight with compassion and love and forgiveness as our tools, then and only then, will we win the war.
We give our power away, as others prey upon our insecurities and inadequacies. The Peaceful Warrior reminds us to take charge of our life and to be authentic and speak from a place of truth and inner knowing. It reminds us to let go of what other people think and live by our own moral conduct even if that means walking the path alone. The sword in the image represents the power necessary to take such a stand and the Buddha represents the compassion and peace one must have to fight with integrity. The butterflies represent change and movement and freedom in a world that is in constant flux.
Nothing stands still. Everything is moving energetically. The vibration of our thoughts and feelings ripple out to a sea of eternal life force. Being the change you wish to see in the world sets in motion a powerful transformation of healing and peace that brings freedom to our universe, our planet, and all beings.
The Peaceful Warrior is an artistic expression of how we should meet the world each and every day. Every morning I take a moment to breathe in the peace of the compassionate Buddha holding his sword of power remaining strong and grounded amongst the dancing butterflies that remind me to keep moving, to keep growing, and to keep the internal flame burning, as I move through life with purpose and a passion to transform and heal and be the best person I can be.
I’m quite fortunate to have two pieces of AlignBetween’s art hanging on the inner space of my little haven and both pieces have profound meaning and creative talent behind them. I’m fortunate enough to know the artist and can honestly say she’s an amazing spirit with a beautiful heart. She left corporate to pursue her dream to create and share her passion. Her art comes alive, as the energy she puts behind each piece is with fervor and a love for the earth and all beings.
Archetypes July 17, 2010Posted by admin in : People, Spiritual Growth Tags:archetype, awareness, Carl Jung, Caroline Myss, consciousness, individuation , 1 comment so far
Ever since I was introduced to the 4 archetypes by Carolyn Myss – the saboteur, the victim, the prostitute, and the child – my level of awareness has gone from ordinary to superlative. Who knew we all had these shadowy reflections of our inner selves lurking just beneath the conscious mind?
Anyone who has taken a psychology class has read about and/or studied the great Pioneer of Transpersonal Psychology, Carl Jung. His premise was that there was a relationship between the conscious and the unconscious. He termed the word individuation to mean a process of self growth that linked the ego to the self. He said the ego was the conscious and the self was the center of the collective whole (the unconscious and the conscious). He conceptualized the idea that we were all born with inherited predispositions that caused us to act and behave in certain ways. These predispositions are what he defined as archetypes, which (if left understood) would yield somewhat of a negative undertone when (in actuality) they are neutral forces. It is our perception and labeling of good and bad that have given our archetypes an uninterested connotation.
Caryolyn Myss, one of my favorite mystic authors, is a medical intuitive and has been in the filed of energy medicine and human consciousness for over 20 years. In her book, Sacred Contracts and Advanced Energy Anatomy, she goes in to the 4 survival archetypes in great detail in how these ancient universal patterns of behavior are deeply imbedded in to the collective unconscious. These archetypes are fundamental forces that exist beyond our conscious knowing. They show up in our thoughts and actions and are repetitive in nature. All 4 archetypes are present in each and every one of us and although they are universal in nature, some are more dominant than others depending upon our heritage and upbringing.
Getting to know these unconscious patterns and behaviors is to embody the soul. We all think, feel, and experience the world in different ways and when we experience life through an unconscious lens, we are living and reacting to life through fear and vulnerability, but if we allow yourselves to awaken and live life more consciously, we are able to live and experience life from a place of love.
I was intrigued by the notion that there could actually be psychological reasoning for the maddening unconscious behaviors that exist within all of us. Could these archetypes really open us up to a greater understanding of ourselves and the unconscious patterns we create in the psyche? As I began to understand each individual role, I slowly and painfully became aware of their energy. Before the idea of unconscious patterning, I simply lost myself in the shadow of these archetypes that took up residence in the unconscious mind.
I began to witness myself metamorphosing in to character and I could hear myself saying, “What are you doing? This isn’t you.” But it was me…the unconscious me…the wounded child me…the victim me…the prostitute me…the saboteur me. They were the me’s I hid behind in order to protect myself from being physically and/or emotionally hurt. It was safer to plunge in the vast expanse of illusion than to be confronted with the reality of life. When we’re ignorant we are safe and not responsible for the truth so we fall prey to the shadow side of our archetypes who play out the same story over and over again in an attempt to feel safe.
With awareness comes responsibility so I can no longer hide behind the shadow of these archetypes. I have to step out and be my authentic self. I have to have the courage to be who I truly am and the shadows help me do this. They surface to give us insight in to ourselves. They give us the tools and power to heal the burdensome past. They help us let go of the baggage we’ve been carrying around for years, but we have to get to know them and understand them and welcome them as our allies. If we don’t take the necessary step to understanding them and the roles they play, we will continue to remain stuck in the behaviors and patterns of the shackling past.
A Small Sacrifice June 17, 2010Posted by admin in : Spiritual Growth, Yoga , 3comments
I left corporate a couple years ago to teach yoga because my heart was called to do something more meaningful. All I ever wanted to do as a child was save the world yet people mocked me telling me it was impossible, an implausible task. As I explored deeper aspects of myself through the art and philosophy of yoga, I realized it was possible to save the world because yoga wasn’t just a practice of strength and flexibility. It was a journey unto oneself and it allowed people to connect to their inner most selves where they could find peace and a joy from simply being.
Finding yourself means freedom and a sense of joy you can’t find in another and the clarity and peace you get from knowing and being intimate with yourself brings you to self-realization. If every person on the planet achieved this level of love, the world would know peace for when you are in a place of calm and I am in a place of calm, we are in the same place. It was this realization that brought me to the biggest decision of my life. I knew I had to teach, that I was born to teach, that teaching would bring peace to the world because yoga brings people back to their center where the mind and heart unite as one bringing light to the dark shadows that once hampered us from the growth necessary to sustain peace on earth.
Although teaching brings me much joy, there are times I question my decision to leave corporate because I look around and see people who are making good money and can afford whatever luxury they choose. I envy their position and question why I left a job where I never worried about money or healthcare because I had benefits and a great salary. I think how dumb of me to walk away from something that offered so much financial freedom. I think about what it would be like if I hadn’t left and where I would be in the corporate chain of command and how much money I would be making and the freedom I would have to do whatever I pleased.
It is in these fleeting moments I am reminded of my heart’s true desire because although corporate offered a financial luxury, nothing can surpass the feeling I get when I look in to the eyes of a student coming out of a deep svasana and I see a tear in the corner of her eye and I know that something profound has just occurred. A warm smile falls across my face, as I know she is feeling a deep presence of self and she is on a journey of transformation and healing. It is in these moments, I know I’m where I’m where I’m suppose to be and doing what I was born to do. It is a gift to share in the growth of another and to see one awaken to a higher consciousness.
It is in remembering who we truly are that gets us out of our ego and makes us realize we are so much more than the cars we drive or the homes we live in or the jobs we keep so I have much gratitude and a deep profound respect to those who left their secure corporate jobs to pursue their passion. It is not without sacrifice and I truly appreciate the healers who were willing to take a blind leap of faith to make the world a better place. I commend you and encourage you to remain strong in your faith, as you continue to bring yoga to life. Love to you all and a sacred, palms together, Namaste!