Patrick Curtis Scholarship Fund

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Raised by 24 people in 5 months
It's been over a month now since my yoga student, Patrick Curtis'passing due to a motorcycle accident…

 Death has shown me where my strength lies. It lies in not avoiding what I have experienced as shocking, tragic, painful, and a vast sense of emptiness, but rather, in showing up and honoring the life that has passed.

I choose to honor Patrick Curtis’ life. 

   Patrick was a kind, loving, young man who had all of my respect. We met in October as he took an Intro class I was offering. The students were given the opportunity to attend any Mysore class during that 6 week session and Patrick showed up to everyone one of them. 

 He generously offered me and Lucy a seat at the table for Thanksgiving.

 Following the Intro classes, he came to every single class I taught with the exception of only 2 days when he slipped on ice.

 He was the 1:2,000 Guruji talked about. That Lino speaks about... that Bhavani shares in regards to the quality of the student....Mild, Medium, or Intense .

 What was so amazing about Patrick was his ability to focus and the bandwidth he had to appreciate banter. He was searching. I sensed that. He was an anchor for me this past winter during a personally rough time. No matter what, I knew he would be there and work would be done.

 He greeted everyone that entered the studio with a smile, was always willing to share a few words outside of the shala. And boy, did Patrick have a great laugh. It was a burst of energy and a head shake. I can hear it and see it now.

  Patrick got on board with the Spring Cleanse ,was game to try anything ...often asking what our next project was.

 Upon return from my June intensive, Patrick had gotten his visa for India, time off from work, and was looking forward to immersion with my yoga teacher, Lino Miele.

Unfortunately he will not be making that trip himself.

  But as a dear friend and mentor of mine shared with me, " don’t waste your suffering". 

  So, it is here that I ask for donations in Patrick’s name, that I may send a worthy student to India to be immersed with Lino, in Patrick’s memory.

This is what Patrick would want.

  Lino Miele is a world renoun Certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher who has such a passionate, dynamic, and fun way of sharing the method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. 

  This venture will take 5,000 USD to cover the RT ticket to India, room and board, and Lino’s mentoring fee.  We have until Oct. 1 to raise the funds, which will then allow time to procure the travel visa and make the other travel arrangements.

  Please join me in this movement to keep Patrick’s spirit alive. For in death there is life and in life there is death.  Any donation, large or small will be useful.  Please also share this opportunity with any individual that you think will be interested.


Randa Chehab
Ashtanga Yoga School of Montana
Bozeman MT

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