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  • Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYT
    Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYTLauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYTLauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYTLauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYT
    Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYTLauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYTLauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYTLauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYT

    Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD, RYT

    Sometimes doors open in our lives and we are too afraid to walk through them. We cannot know the profound experiences waiting for us. Haiti was waiting for me. When I read about the opportunity to teach there, I immediately knew it was time.  Despite my terror, my heart was ready. I finally knew why I had become a children's yoga teacher.

    My first trip (July 2011) awakened a part of me I had always been vaguely aware of, but was buried underneath the incessant demands of daily life. Teaching yoga in Haiti, a country of inconceivable poverty, unearthed my need to serve.

    Yoga is transformative, but how can it make a difference in the lives of children who live in tents, who come to class hungry? I discovered that it does not matter what we do, it is how we do it. Yoga is a healing agent, a way to engage children's hearts, minds and bodies.  It is a catalyst for interaction, offering moments of pure joy -- whether in a partner pose, having shoulders touched in savasana, or a fist bump after class.  In those moments of connection the children see that we see: their importance.
     
    In yoga we speak of opening the heart. Teaching yoga in Haiti has blown the doors of my heart wide open. I have connected to children whose hunger to express their inner joy lives alongside  their physical hunger. They are eager to receive yoga's message: We are whole. We are one.  We are all part of the circle of yoga.
     
    We -- me and you -- are strong enough to withstand what life throws our way. But we are bravest when we stand together in service. We are fullest when we offer ourselves to another, even a perfect stranger. Then transformation begins -- in our spirit, in their lives.

    Lauren's 6th trip is scheduled for March 2014. 


    Clearing

    by Martha Postlewaite

    Do not try to save
    the whole world
    or do anything grandiose.
    Instead, create
    a clearing
    in the dense forest
    of your life
    and wait there
    patiently,
    until the song
    that is the song
    that is your life
    falls into your own cupped hands
    and you recognize and greet it.
    Only then will you know
    how to give yourself
    to this world
    so worthy of rescue.

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