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January 25th, 2012

Life is an adventure leading us to new experiences. As always life has a funny way of presenting new obstacles for us to face. I find they keep things interesting and I always look forward to the challenge. I am often reminded of something my mentor Seane Corn said at a workshop “you have to get through the fuck you to get to the bless you” This is so true over the years I have face many barriers due to my disabilities in my personal and professional life. My yoga practice empowers the warrior with in my self to stay strong and to always fight to find solutions. Barriers and obstacles will only make us stronger and push us to move forward through life.

My Resolutions

January 4th, 2012

It is that time of year to do one of my favorite activities set new goals with a plan of action. The theme for this years resolution is being in the best shape by time I turn forty in April. The first step was to recommit to my daily yoga practice with the help of two DVDs by two amazing yogini who are role models inspiring me everyday. I will be alternating between my yoga activist mentor Seane Corn Detox Flow yoga DVD and my yoga-writing mentor Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga DVD. I will also be throwing in the mix my favorite fitness expert Ashley turner Yoga For Weight Loss and Power Yoga DVDs that I love. I have also decided to go vegan as a way to eat healthy. Recently I have discovered two books by Kathy Freston called The veganist and Quantum Wellness which talks about going vegan at slow pace making gradual changes which is important in making any kind health wise changes.
I am also hoping to attend the Off The Mat Into The World Leadership Training: Yoga, Purpose and Action Intensive taught by Seane Corn at Omega in July. I love the idea of sharpening my yoga and activism skills. It would be great to connect with and learn from other yogi activists. Always inspired by my spiritual running buddy Gabrielle Bernstein I will be writing to help, inspire and inform people on disability issues, self help and yoga through my column and blog.
I am so excited about this year’s journeys and cant wait to see where it takes me.

Occupy Movement

November 23rd, 2011

In the past months we have watch the yoga community led by yogi activists such as my mentor Seane Corn coming together to take a stand for truth, justice and unity. We don’t support 99% or 1 % instead we support 100 % because we are all equal in every sense.

As a yogi activist of disability rights a big part of my platform is equality. We all deserve the same opportunities regardless of disability, gender, race and status. We all deserve to live, work and participant independently on our own community.

I love seeing people uniting together to make a positive impact it is very empowering and inspiring. Always remember we all are connected by spirit uniting us as one.

A lesson in Human Value

November 9th, 2011

my column printed in the Republican on 11/9/11

Last month there was a news story coming out of Philadelphia, Pennsvila that totally shocked me to my core. Apparently an apartment complex landlord had received complaints of noise and strange going ons in the basement. When the landlord investigated, he found dark rooms with noises coming from the boiler room, where he found four individuals, one of whom was chained to the boiler. The four individuals were found in weakened and malnourished condition. They were three men and one woman ranging from age 29 to 41 years old. All four were developmentally disabled with the mental capacity of a ten year old. They told the police that they had been held for several years in different areas such as Texas and Florida. They also suffered from both physical and emotional abuse.

The police have arrested one woman and two men for a variety of charges from kidnapping, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment to theft. During their investigation they determined the motive was to steal the four victims monthly social security benefits ranging from 600 to 900 hundred dollars. They also discovered that the women gave birth to two children while being held. The police also recovered social security cards, power of attorney forms and other documents bearing fifty different names. The four victims are being cared for at a state run facility where they have been reunited with their families.

We are all equal with the same rights that don’t vary or differctante from gender, sex, race, cultural or disability. Basic needs, rights and values govern our society. We are taught at a young age to love ourselves and our fellow citizen while living peacefully. We are also taught to be responsible in our actions. More importantly we must respect our selves and others regardless of differences. In other words we all unique beautiful individuals with gifts to offer.

Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga DVD

October 25th, 2011

One of my favorite yogini writers Kathryn Budig just came out with her first yoga DVD titled Aim True Yoga. She is just as passionate about yoga and writing as I am. The DVD contains two yoga session with the purpose of focusing in on your true self while energizing your body. I love Her teaching style she infuses fun and humor into the practice while giving excellent tips in doing the poses. My favorite part is the dancing warrior because it brings celebration to the warrior soul with in us. I fell honored to have Kathryn as a friend and writer mentor she has taught and inspired me in my own yoga and writing life style. Check out Kathryn at her website http://www.kathrynbudig.com/

vinyasa yoga

October 19th, 2011

My favorite form of yoga to practice is vinyasa yoga I have been practicing it over ten years. Vinyasa yoga is the practice of linking the breath to movements one example is sun salutations my favorite part of the practice. The goal is to cultivate awareness of our breath, mind and body. Personally I love the fluid movements and making that spiritual connection with the mind and body. I also feel it is important to build an awareness with body especially when you have physical limitations like me. Vinyasa also teaches to be more aware of our feelings and what is happening around us. It teaches us to live in the moment while taking one step at a time. In my opion practicing vinyasa yoga and being mindful are perfect companions that I do on a daily bases. After each practice I always feel energized, strong, clean, calm and peaceful ready to face the world.

connecting with my mentor Seane Corn

October 12th, 2011

This past weekend I attended an empowered flow yoga workshop at Kripalu presented by Seane Corn. It was one of my best experiences in my life from yummy food to amazing yoga and enlightening discussions. The best part was connecting with my teacher, role model and mentor Seane. She definitely is the queen of yoga and activism inspiring everyone in the room with her words of passion and purpose. She spoke her truth with love from her heart and soul leaving all of us feeling empowered. I will admit it at first I was star struck but that vanished when we first saw and recognized each other like kinder spirits following the same path. I still recall many years ago at a time I felt lost, disconnected and depressed it was the practice of yoga through Seane DVDs that awaken and connected my mind and body. I also remember reading an interview in a yoga magazine where Seane talked about yoga and activism. After reading the article it was like light ball went off in my head everything seem so clear. Yoga helped me discover and nurture my passion and purpose of helping people with disabilities through my words and experiences. Over the years I have grown and lived by Sean example in all areas of my life through practicing yoga on and off the mat. Today I am proud to be woman with disabilities, yogini, writer and disabilities rights activist.

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 5th, 2011

The month of October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, with the color pink being its symbol. The key to successfully treating breast cancer is early intervention. Knowledge is power, from knowing the latest information, family history to regular doctor check ups.nothing is more important then our health so take time to educate and be active in keeping yourself healthy, starting with knowing the latest health news and keeping regular doctor appointments. visit http://www.nbcam.org/ for more information

Namaste

September 28th, 2011

One of my favorite things that come at the end of the yoga practice is the gesture and saying the praise namaste. I feel this is a very profound moment where we are honoring others and ourselves in celebrating life. The simple act of placing our hands in prayer position at the heart and repeating namaste while bowing is a very powerful message.
It means I see and knowledge the spirit filled with love flowing with in others and us with respect. Take the time and enjoy the practice of namaste

Disability And Poverty

September 28th, 2011

My Column Printed in the Republican 9/28

The United States Census Bureau released data regarding the poverty level in our country this month. To be considered living in poverty a single person would have to be earning less than $11,139. Today, the poverty level is at its highest level in fifty-two years, with 46.2 million people living in poverty.

The 2010 census found that 9.5 percent of householders in the 18 to 64 age range have a disability, with a median income of $25,550. In comparison, non-disabled householders have a median income of $58,736. The census figures also indicate that 27.9 percent of disabled individuals are in poverty, compared with 12.5 percent of non-disabled individuals.

There are many contributing factors as to why people with disabilities are in poverty. One reason is that the portion of disabled individuals receiving Social Security have gone several years without an increase in their monthly benefit amount to reflect the higher cost of living.

Another problem with receiving Social Security payments is that often individuals have to deal with restrictions about how much they can earn while working. High unemployment rates greatly affect the chance that people with disabilities have in finding employment.

Budgets cuts happening and looming at both the national and state level will greatly affect programs that people with disabilities depend for many of their needs. Many of these programs are used for assistance with housing, medical care and employment. As a society we must come together to ensure each person in our country is living comfortably with basic needs being met. We all are equal and should be treated that way. No one should have to live in poverty.