Fund my Journey to India

This year of my 35th birthday, I’m asking you to help me continue my spiritual journey into yoga, a practice that has completely transformed my life.

My practice is my foundation for being in this world and is what sustains me in my work for healing and health justice. Help me to deepen my yoga practice at the Ashtanga Research Institue this year. In India, I will study Sanskrit, chanting, yoga asana and meditation and be immersed into the culture of Mysore, India the source of my practice, Ashtanga yoga.

In order to make this trip possible, I must raise $3,500. Please help me realize one my biggest dreams my 35th year!

It has been a blessing offering healing justice programs and yoga primarily in the southeast. I have led yoga demonstrations, created a youth yoga program and worked alongside people from all walks of life, with varying abilities and backgrounds to find healing through yoga. A month in India will help sustain me as a healer and provide me with a deeper spiritual grounding and knowledge to use in my healing justice work. 

My Journey in Ashtanga
 In 2006, when I moved to Louisville, KY I was a full time smoker, a heavy drinker and a sexual violence survivor who didn't know how to address the deep trauma deep in my physical and emotional body. While I had practiced yoga before, under the guidance of Laura Spaulding of Yoga East, my knowledge of yoga deepened because she taught a traditional and lineage-based yoga from guru Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga asked me to step into the 8-limbed path of yoga in a deeper way.

I have long wanted to travel to India, however life or work always seemed to serve up an impossible obstacle usually around funding and taking off for a month abroad. 

As some of you know my whole family planned to travel to India in January, however life took some twists and instead we postponed that trip indefinitely and instead visited and spent time in California, the place of my partner’s family and community. After heart talks with my partner Chris, we decided that this is a trip I need to take solo; however, I need a community of love and support to help get me there. Since becoming self-employed my family lives on a limited budget, which leaves very little room for saving for a trip like this. 

Help me "go to the source" of the practice that gives me purpose and fuels my healing justice work in this world!
All the money you help me raise will directly support my spiritual path to Mysore, India, including covering plane fare, shala fees, lodging and food. Any additional money raised will be donated to the Ashtanga Research Institute, which assists area orphanages and schools in Southern India.

In India I will finally be able to practice at the source of guru Pattabhi Jois' brilliant healing practice. Help me realize this dream.
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