(From a recent Huffington Post Interview)
Q: How do you model leadership when working with underserved populations?
A: By doing what I do. By providing access to safe yoga classes at a reasonable cost with teachers who have been thoroughly trained.
Also by providing scholarships to retreats and ways for people to discover yoga for the first time and to continue on from there.
Taking responsibility for one’s health and future is the most important part of one’s own healing process. I practice this myself and encourage students to do the same– to take responsibility in finding health. It is not something that the medical profession can give to us– it is something we have to create and maintain for ourselves. Owning that process changes everything. Staying healthy isn’t going to happen easily– it is an ongoing challenge with daily choices. Without effort, change won’t happen. No effort is a loss.
I teach students to walk through their fears.
It is most beneficial to walk through fear of change, of pain, of lack of control, by doing things that are challenging. What students need and want actually is to be treated normally. In the process of being treated normal, they are going to get stronger. If the practice is just restorative and not an effort to be normal and gain strength and stability, it is much less effective.