Further community outreach

As I mentioned previously, as part of my 300 hour teacher training, we are working through a book called The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. While working through, I identified what are called my “core desires” and then evaluated what I wanted/needed to do to fulfill those desires. One of my words was “engaged.” I want to be more engaged with other people. It’s so easy to get into your usual routine and not interact with new individuals; step outside your comfort zone.

In order to pursue this core desire, I decided to reach out to the American Cancer Society (ACS) here in Rochester (one of the recipient of the Lotus Blossom year-end giving). As a result of that conversation, Lotus Blossom Yoga is now a Presenting Sponsor at the ACS Relay For Life event this summer, as well as a Gold Sponsor for their dinner gala this fall. Additionally, and best of all, I’m going to be teaching yoga to caregivers at Hope Lodge here in Rochester (a free place to stay for individuals and their caregivers when coming to Rochester for cancer treatment). Often, the cancer patient is in treatment or resting during visits, leaving the caregiver many times sitting and watching and worrying. I have been in those shoes, and it is a very helpless feeling. I’m hoping that a short yoga program will help them take a breath and recharge while their loved ones fight this terrible disease. Caregivers must always take time to care for themselves so that they may care for others (which is an affirmation I say at the end of each of my yoga lessons).

Again, I probably wouldn’t have done this had it not been for my teacher training and The Desire Map. As Baron Baptiste says, “If not now, when? And, if you can, you must.” It’s really that simple if you think about it.

I’m so thankful my journey has brought me here today. I encourage you all to continue to follow your respective paths. There are hidden delights along the way that make the difficult passages worth the fight.

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