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By Karrus Hayes
There are people who should always be remembered in your life for the important role they have played, and such people deserve your appreciation at all times.

Growing up in West Africa, my parents and I were under a lot of constraint and without any hope of education, but God’s plan was different:

I grew up to be a good boy and son, but I was not just a good boy. I grew up as a Christian with a great love for God.  One important thing I have learned is to love others, especially the less fortunate kids who are in educational need. I always relate my case to the situation surrounding them...


 
 
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By Emmanuel Freemen
A few things I am grateful for, and they are the things that have changed my life and my story. 
Namely, I am grateful for knowing Shakti and being my Yoga teacher.
I'm grateful for coming across inspiring Shakti.
I'm grateful for life.
I'm grateful for peace.
I'm grateful for inner-peace.
I'm grateful for self-awareness.
I'm grateful for learning yoga.
I'm grateful for not being effected by Ebola.
I'm grateful for my family and friends.


 
 
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By Lu Ann Milius
Just a few weeks ago my friends were sending posts about their gratefulness. Listing things, experiences, people, etc to demonstrate a gratefulness practice. This got me thinking about my own gratefulness. The only thought I could share back is this I am eternally grateful for the presence of God. His constant presence has saved me from my childhood, brought me understanding through hardships and sprinkled great loving JOY throughout my every moment of Life. His presence may be quiet, soft, strong, bold or just plain screaming coming to me through nature, people, stories, scriptures and just seeping from everything. I am grateful for His constant acceptance and prevailing love even when I am not paying so much attention.
This sums it up:...


 
 
 
 
What is the "blissipline" of Inner Power Yoga®? 
R.R. Shakti shares from her heart the experience and intention of the practice.
 
 
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Take a dive into the Pranamaya Kosha, or Subtle Energy Body.

In this 100 hour Yoga Teacher Training, we will explore the psychology of the chakras, and how to effectively utilize mudra, bandha, marma, spanda and pranayama practices to ignite the power of your inner fire and dance with the inner winds. This will be a preparatory stage towards understanding and applying Organic and Vital Yoga Therapies.

The Undercurrent 100 hr. Teacher Training may be applied to the Inner Power Yoga® 200 hr. Training to acheive a 500 hr. Yoga Teacher Certification through the Yoga Alliance.

Training is appropriate for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners who seek to deepen their practice. Space is limited so REGISTER TODAY!...



 
 
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O.K., let's be honest, as a 501c3 (Non-profit entity) Yoga Worldreach has seen very few donations. Don't get me wrong, we are SO incredibly grateful for those few precious gifts from friends just like you. The truth is: we haven't been actively seeking donations. We also haven't been competing for grants or trying to solicit support on any financial level. Not really.

Instead, we have been creating a thriving, exciting and comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training program that inspires our STF's (student-teacher-friends) to spread the socially beneficial practice of Yoga throughout their local and global communities.

Since, Yoga Worldreach was founded in 2006, we have offered some exciting programs... 


 
 
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photo: Chris Campbell, Liberia W. Africa
May 25 is a day to support and celebrate Africa. Originally the founding date for the Organization of African Unity, now Africa Day is celebrated in Namibia, Zambia, Ghana and Zimbabwe.
Celebrations are held on other parts of the continent as well, and throughout the African Diaspora of the Americas.

Join me, this week, in celebrating Africa through the myths of her native religions and diaspora.
Follow a seven part series entitled: Water Goddess: Bridging the Gap with African Myth.

Each post will conclude with a consideration for personal empowerment and invocation of the natural energies that sustain the planet as they vivify our lives.

I will also post links to some of my favorite organizations, those who support water efforts in Africa and in other parts of the world. Clean water access and conservation is a concern very near to my heart. Nothing awakens my spirit in the same manner as a good swim: in a hot spring, ocean or river!
It has become crucial to preserve this invaluable resource for future generations and the sustainability of our World.

Having had the blessed opportunity to visit Africa and meet some incredible young people in Liberia and Ghana, I am inspired to support those who are spreading hope and empowerment to the African youth. Below is a list of friends who are actively reaching out through HIV/Aids education, after-school programs, fair trade initiatives and YOGA.

The Strongheart Fellowship
Thanda Zulu
Africa Yoga Project
Water.org

Yoga Worldreach

Not everyone can pioneer international initiatives or environmental programs. It is not every person's dharma to build bridges, dig wells, or teach children in African countries. Most of you are needed for your skills and services in your local communities and families.

But you can visit the links above and show your support for those who are spreading joy and empowerment on your behalf. Take a moment to celebrate and support someone in Africa today.

In Love and Radiant Light,
R.R. Shakti
 
 
It only takes ONE.
Can you remember a person or experience
that changed your life for the better?
Maybe it was a mentor, a class, an event, a book, or even a song that inspired you to be the AMAZING person you are today.

Yoga World Reach and the Strongheart Fellowship share the same aim—to provide an opportunity of hope, joy and inspiration for people in need.
We need YOU to help us carry out that aim!

"The mission of Yoga Bridge to Africa as we journey to Liberia, West Africa, is to bring the depths of Yoga to the Strongheart team; a group of exceptional young people from extreme life circumstances,
displaced or orphaned by conflict, who have survived -
and thrived - despite enormous odds. The Strongheart Fellows Program awards fellowships to young people from extremely challenging circumstances who have shown a high level of leadership potential and a marked capacity for self-direction.

The Strongheart Fellowship Program is a groundbreaking healing and learning guidance program designed to help bright, resilient young people from extremely challenging circumstances around the globe develop into compassionate, innovative problem-solvers and leaders that can affect significant social change. These fellows have the opportunity to learn from maverick thinkers and mentors in areas as diverse as entrepreneurship, technology, design, and psychology, and spirituality. The Strong Heart Fellowship feels that the spiritual connection that Yoga provides will allow the Fellows to connect with their own inner power so that they know that all lasting joy, happiness, and fulfillment ultimately comes from within; and in making that connection, know that all things are possible.”~Dhyana Masla, Y.W.R. Program Director for Yoga Bridge to Africa

Learn More about the Strongheart Fellowship
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Program Director: Dhyana Masla
Dhyana Masla, LMT is a  certified Inner Power Yoga Teacher and holds a BA in  Psychology and Traditional Eastern Arts from Naropa University. She says:
“The practice of Yoga encourages and supports us to live our authentic Truth, helping us realize that true happiness and contentment comes from rediscovering the innate sense of aliveness that already exists, is always existing, within us in each moment.
Yoga gives us the opportunity to respond to what life has given us rather than react based off of past conditioning. It allows us to explore our patterns of reaction, and to thus consciously move into a place of responding with integrity, curiosity, awareness, and wisdom."

 
 
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“I wanted to be seen. I wanted to be heard, but I was silenced…silenced by the stares, the words, the beatings…for eleven years," reflected Grace Freeman.  "You see, in my culture, to be an “Outside Child” means that you are a slave under another person. You live with a family, you serve the family, but you are not part of them,” Grace explained. Grace lived as an outside child from the age of seven until the age of eighteen when she just barely escaped the claws of the woman who imprisoned her….the woman she called “mommy”.

When Grace was a baby, a bloody civil war broke out in her home country Liberia. Her family fled in fear to a refugee camp in Ghana. The first few years were hard, but Grace was fine. Then one day her dad disappeared and her family fell apart. Her mother could no longer care for Grace and her five siblings so they were split up. Grace’s mother thought she was doing the right thing by promising Grace as a household servant to another family who said they would care for her. What Grace’s mother didn’t know was that the woman she sent Grace to live with was cruel. The woman made Grace her slave. Grace’s mother died, leaving Grace stuck to spend the rest of her childhood years in bondage.

During these treacherous years for Grace, an amazing thing happened. Grace not only managed to keep her small, frail body alive, but she kept her spirit intact. Grace created a secret place for herself and transported her spirit to other worlds through the power of visualization and prayer. Today, she is free and thriving….living the life she created in her heart and mind all those years ago.
Grace Freeman is a Fellow of the Strongheart Fellowship program - a healing and learning guidance program designed to help bright, resilient young people from extremely challenging lives around the globe develop into innovative problem-solvers, influencers and compassionate advocates that can affect significant positive social change.

Grace will be staying with r.r. Shakti in the Mountain NiiDa for the month of May.
She will have an opportunity to finish her Inner Power Yoga Teaching Certification and will retrurn to Liberia as a Yoga Teacher!! Her smile is adictive and she is always abundant with Joy! Grace will be an incredible addition to the bliss. Tribe!

Learn more about Strongheart at www.strongheartfellowship.org
Also, stay connected for ways that YOU can help support more hope and empowerment through Yoga Bridge to Africa.