Monday, April 20, 2009

"We are the world"



Firstly, I would like to thank you for your patience as I resettled in New York.  I have been blessed with an easy transition thanks to the love and support of so many.  Those of you who know me, have witnessed the ceaseless way I attacked this city from day one of my return. Many recommended rest and a slow shifting into spring, but right now a great flow urges me forward, and I am deeply invigorated.  

Some of the best times I had abroad were working with children, so I accepted immediately when I was invited to teach a Kindergarten class at Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  You never know what kind of mood a class will be in, especially the day before a school break, so I had a lot planned.  In short, the kids LOVED doing yoga and continue to talk about the experience with their parents and regular teacher.

I am now hoping to get involved with a remarkable non-profit called Bent on Learning.  Bent on Learning brings yoga and meditation to New York City public schools.  They reach kids in grades K-12 and give them a chance to reduce stress, increase concentration, and improve overall health.  This is an organization I strongly believe in.  Yoga teaches naturally how to breath in challenging situations.  Slowing the breath gives time for increased clarity and this provides all of us with an opportunity to make more thoughtful choices.  What a gift for today's youth!

In the next month I will be doing a number of workshops triggered by my experiences abroad. Proceeds from these presentations will go to Bent on Learning.  Contact me if you would like to attend one of these events, or click here to donate directly.

Sunshine is my quest.  ~Winston Churchill