During my spare time you can find me with my nose in a book, staring at a 2000 piece puzzle I have no intention to ever finish, drinking black coffee and learning as many languages as my brain can soak up. I happily traded in my law school ambitions for a life of sharing my passion for yoga. My dream is to travel the world and teach workshops. I believe in the power of the transformation of yoga because I have experienced it first hand. I am human, I am perfectly flawed and I make mistakes on a daily basis.
What is your yoga journey?
I wouldn't say I landed on my mat, as much as I face planted on it. Yogitoe rug burn on my forehead and all. I was completely and totally miserable in my life. My intense traumas had taken me so far down the rabbit hole I was unsure of whether or not I would ever experience the light of day again. Some small part of me knew that I deserved a better life and and once I tasted it on my mat I dove headfirst into the process and the work. I knew I had to share this with as many people as possible, so in 2011 I cancelled my plans for law school and registered for teacher training. First hand experience has taught me that in order to change the world, we must first change ourselves and I have not one shred of doubt that sharing yoga is exactly what I am meant to do with my life.
What does yoga do for you?
Yoga is anything we need it to be in a particular moment: A space for laughter, for tears, for friendship, for breakthroughs. Regardless of what you are going through, there is refuge to be found on your mat. At the end of the day, when all other details are cast aside, the basic truth remains the same: Yoga is a vessel for transformation. No matter how far we have come on our personal journey, we are all works in progress. Yoga is there to guide us to the next level. It teaches us to have patience with ourselves, to trust the universe and, most importantly, not to rush the process. One segment of one breathe at a time.
Where else have you called home?
Lexington, Ky. Brooklyn, NY. Paris, France.
What inspires you?
Anyone who overcomes difficulties and challenges. People who are passionate."Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
Why have you chosen to work with Olive Tree Yoga Foundation?
During the opening practice of my level 2 teacher training program with Baron Baptiste I met a woman who taught small private class to Muslim women. Our mutual interest in the subject let to an intense discussion ranging from the hijab controversy in secular France to the Palestine Liberation Organization. The next morning she introduced to me Georgia Curry, a brilliant and beautiful woman who happens to be one of the founders of OTYF. Within ten minutes had committed to travel to Palestine this summer. My closest friends during college were Palestinian and we had spent endless hours and late nights over turkish coffee discussing the conflict and its affects on the people. I always knew I would visit Israel / Palestine but when I learned of OTYF I instantly knew that sharing yoga is what I meant to do while I am there. Not only am I granted the incredible opportunity to experience the area first hand, but I am blessed to share my passion with people while I am there.
What is your connection to the region in which you work?
While I was in college I intensively studied Arabic and Islamic Studies, as well as human rights and social movements. Once I became educated about the conflict in Israel and Palestine my passion became ingrained. Many of my friends during school were of Palestinian origin and we spent a great deal of time discussing the region as well as its history, its people and its beauty. The amount of compassion I feel for the people of the area is unmatched and as soon as I learned of Olive Tree Yoga Foundation I knew I would play a substantial role in its growth.
What is the best piece of advice that you have ever gotten?
Trust your own insights -- we give ourselves the best advice, we just need to believe in our intuition.
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