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Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD.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.
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 4th trip is scheduled for February 2012. She will be accompanied by her 18-year-old son and his friend.
by Martha Postlewaite
Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
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
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