Innovation is the ability to beyond the norm and rise to the realm of impossibilities. Downward Dogs for Peace: Yoga for Coexistence is said project. Over the past year and a half I have taught in locations, age groups and ethnicities I was informed by outsiders that would either not be interested or participate in yoga. Being able to raise above these nah sayers and share the joy and benefits of yoga has been a wonderful journey and being able share my skill sets as a yoga alliance certified yoga instructor allows me to as Tehaillim 96 says, sing a new song onto G-d. Thus far I have led yoga classes, with African Refugee Development Center, Aish ha Torah TLV, Arab Kadima in Ramale, the Kiryat Ekron Community Center, IPCRI in Beit Jalla and Slim Peace.
Why I want peace:
Moving to Israel was not an easy decision. Dreams of 2.5 kids, white picket fences and a golden retriever vanished into thin air. In turn, I received loud sherut drivers, a new concept of standing in line, and all the chummus I can consume. You might ask, why then give up so much? There is a story that on his death bed a Rabbi was seen crying. When asked by his students why he was upset, they inquired was it because he did not achieve as much good as Moses brought into this world? He responded, no it was because I did not achieve MY potential of good to bring to this world. In life we all have paths, we all have our journeys. The first part of our journey is discover and create our mission and goal, the second part of our journey is to make it a reality. The search for my mission led me to coexistence projects based on community development and women empowerment initatives and Tel Aviv-Yafo as the platform for this goal.
Interests and activities:
Yoga, travel, foreign films, camping, hiking, a great cup of coffee and promoting peace.
Something you didn't know about me:
I was a mascot in high school: Whiney the Wildcat!
There is a story of an old woman who loses a button. She is discovered by her neighbor outside on all fours looking for the button in the grass. the neighbor offers to help. After an hour with no luck, frustrated, the neighbor asks the old woman to review the story of exactly where she was standing when the button feel off. The old woman replies, "Well, it happened during breakfast so I was in the kitchen." The neighbor quickly asks, "Then why are we looking outside?" The old women responds, "The light is better out here." When searching for our mission and life goals it is easy to search in the wrong locations. I intend that my search be on an inspiring and prodactive path, with motivated like-minded peace achievers.
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