I am a Programs Co-Director with Kathleen Perry. In this role I work to create high-level programs for OTYF. I organize our trainings for the creation team, plan many of the logistics for our work in Palestine each summer, organize events that happen throughout the year in Madison and beyond. I am also currently working with some of our partner organizations to create a VERY cool program that will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
How would you describe yourself?
I studied Journalism and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but today I am a full time yoga teacher and OTYF ambassador of awesomeness. I love to travel, cook and swim, bike, ski, etc. when the weather is nice.
What is your yoga journey?
I discovered Baptiste yoga after many years of an on and off yoga practice. I was a competitive athlete at the time, and I was completely amazed at the peace, stillness of mind and holistic feeling of power I discovered on my yoga mat. Baron Baptiste says, "you live your truth by sharing it." After completing Level 1 training with him I knew I had to live my truth and begin teaching.
Why have you chosen to work with Olive Tree Yoga Foundation?
It started out as a way to be involved in the yoga community in Madison. After visiting Israel and Palestine in the Summer of 2012 I began to more fully understand the nature of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the political nature of our mission to bring peace and possiblity through yoga. I connected with really amazing people in the middle east, and saw, first hand, the joy, stress relief and peace yoga brings to people in areas of great conflict. I am committed to bringing the benefits of yoga to areas of the world that really need them.
What is your connection to the region in which you work?
I had a very basic understanding of the conflict, but I didn't really understand the intensity or how deeply rooted a disagreement among groups of people can be until I traveled to the Middle East. I saw how different people were living and how they were interacting with each other. It was impossible for me to leave the Middle East without feeling personally connected to the issue and inspired to be of service.
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