This article from the Huffington Post is today’s “must read” for yogīs, especially aspiring teachers. I think it poses a challenge for how we do “the work.”
This is an interview with Nancy Candea, who started teaching teens, seniors, expectant mothers and children in Waimea, Hawaii back in 1997. She opened her studio for a free interfaith devotional, meditation, and dinner on Sundays. When she moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2007 she worked at the Boulder County jail, at the SPAN (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence) women’s shelter and outreach center, and also with Special Initiatives, an after-school program for at-risk children and youth. To teach and mentor yoga teachers in outreach work she created Yoga Impact, a 501(c)3, with a branch in NJ. She is also the training director for Kula for Karma (a non-profit yoga service organization based in Franklin Lakes, NJ).