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Five years old and in the streets

Five-year old Edgar got the chicken pox, so he couldn’t come to school. His mother had to go to work, so he was home alone and sick with an itchy rash, and there was no food in the pantry, books to read, or lights to play by. So Edgar played...

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Girls Night Out – Music Night

February 15, 2013 “Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm “Come in” she said “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”. Bob Dylan   Girls Night Out Workshop is… a shelter from the storm… a safe haven, a place where a...

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Girls Night Out Workshop – 1.18.2013

~ serving to help girls develop positive self-esteem to counter the negative messages they receive from today’s society. Media images and social pressures are powerful forces in a young girl’s life. Our message is: Believe in yourself, Girl!...

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Meet Silvia

Meet 17 year-old Silvia.  My parents never could study because our family is very poor. They had to work in the dump all their lives, as did all the previous generations in the family. We never had money, so my siblings and I couldn’t go to...

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Esther

Esther approximates that she is 81 years old, with about twelve siblings. Like her grandchildren who study at Safe Passage, she is learning to read and write and do math as a participant in the Adult Literacy Program. She says,” I just...

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Meet Luis

Luis ‘s father had been killed in a bulldozer accident in the Guatemala City garbage dump.  He and his mother and his 4 siblings went into the dump every day to try to find trash they could sell.  He wasn’t in school.  But things changed when he...

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The Journey — Becoming a Yoga Teacher

by Kira Archibald “We are not humans having a spiritual experience, we a spiritual beings having human experiences.” If there is one thing I have learned in life it is that nothing is ever what you think it will be. This was so true about my...

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Restorative Yoga

Dictionary.com definition of restorative – 1. Capable of renewing health or strength. 2. A means of restoring a person to consciousness.  Used as an adjective, tending to revive or renew health, spirits, etc.; used as a noun, anything that...

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From my mat

So there are times on the mat when you bubble over with thoughts that need time too.  I know the practice is presence and you need to tell yourself I’m doing yoga, I’m breathing and moving; that’s enough and that’s all for now.  You show up on...

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Relax!

Relax…. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  Being relaxed when you are comfortably stretched out on your mat in a delicious savasana is one thing.   But finding a way to be relaxed when you are not in the safe, soothing atmosphere of your yoga practice...

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