I am SO excited to share that I’ve been selected to compete in the Yoga Warrior competition! The winner will be featured in Yoga Journal and receive $10,000 for his or her business.
I hope to use the platform to raise awareness and money for victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. Will you help me? Voting begins in March!
I am a yoga teacher, assault survivor, artist, and activist. I teach yoga for girls who are survivors of sex trafficking or exploitation.
WHAT DOES YOGA MEAN TO YOU / HOW DOES YOGA ENHANCE YOUR LIFE?
Since my own assault, yoga completely transformed me, helping me through physical and mental illness. I have learned the importance of yoga in healing from trauma, coping with depression and anxiety, and teaching us to be comfortable in our bodies again. I became a certified trauma informed yoga teacher and RYT-200, now I teach yoga and meditation at a shelter for girls, as young as 10 years old, who have been victims of sex trafficking or exploitation. I hope to bring awareness to this issue.
WHAT WORDS OR MANTRA DO YOU LIVE BY?
I have two quotes I love and live by. The first is from the Dalai Lama: “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” The second is from Thich Nhat Hanh: Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.