Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a Lifelong Journey – I’m On Board for Life and Always Refining.

Balance, Peace, Health, Truth, Clarity come from Yoga.

Yoga Accelerates the Pace of my Personal Evolution; In All Ways.

Yoga, because it keeps me Peaceful and Healthy and in Alignment with my Soul and Purpose.

Yoga, because it Connects Me Deeper to Humanity and to the Practice that is Off-the-Mat.

Yoga Helps to Keep Me (somewhat) Sane.

Yoga is Life, Peace, Freedom, Humility, Compassion, Awareness.

Yoga is a Pathway to my Growth and Awareness.

Yoga is an Important Self-Care and Personal Therapy Practices.

Yoga is a Blueprint to Being Comfortable in My Own Skin.

Yoga Keeps Me Consciously Breathing.

Yoga is the Beginning of Everything.

My Yoga Practice is My Inner Sanctuary Where I Reconnect with Poise and Serenity Daily.

Yoga is a Pathway to Divine Guidance.

Yoga Keeps Mind and Body Flexible, Steady & Open.

My Yoga Practice Always Brings to the Center of the Present Moment. 

The Energetics of My Practice is a Part of My Life, an Art Form that is Inseparable from my Way of Being in my World.

Yoga Informs my Path and Purpose.

My Yoga Practice Brings Me Both Peace of Mind and the Fire to Create an Action (MY Karma).

My Yoga Practice Gives Me the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit to be able to Serve Humanity from a Grounded, Whole Place of Love and Devotion for our Collective Healing and Transformation.

Yoga brings Peace and Comfort in Every Breath I Take, On or Off the Mat.

I Practice Yoga because it Allows Me to Elevate my Consciousness and Character.

Yoga is a Practice for How I Want to Live My Life.

Yoga Provides Me with Tools that Enhances my Personal and Professional Development.

Practicing Yoga Confers Benefits onto the Body, Nervous System, and Mind.

My Being Wants the Freedom and My Heart Needs the Stillness Discovered by the Practice of Yoga.

Practicing You is art of Imperfection that Signals We Need More Practice. 

Governing Council on
Community Investment

Purpose:

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Investing in the community for the purpose of stewarding systemic change so that we all may pivot during this time of great transformation to a community that embraces all in the practice of yoga, innovates new ways of sharing, and tends to the roots of the practice, will not only have the lasting impact of expanding the reach of yoga's benefits for all but will support the community in navigating these changes.

– Judy Weaver

Anticipated Outcomes:

Founding Council

Duilia Turner

Duilia Turner is the founder of Integrative World, a community focused on promoting balanced lifestyles.

For eleven years “Dui” lived in the islands of Hawaii where she studied a variety of healing arts including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, sound therapy, and Yoga. She has conducted meditation and Yoga classes in the United States and abroad and has led empowering courses based on the program “Calling in the One” from the bestseller author Katherine Woodward Thomas.

Dui is also a military officer in the United States Air Force. She has been able to bridge her military life with her love for yoga, mindfulness, and wellness to educate and awake interest in healthy living.

She has served as an ambassador for two non-profits: Mindful Yoga Therapy and Warrior One. She has contributed to various Yoga blogs, public talks, and Yoga for Veterans trainings. Most recently, she has collaborated with the Give Back Yoga Foundation and Connected Warriors to create “Yoga Readiness Kits” for active-duty military members, completely free of charge. Now re-located to Miami, Dui continues to share her passion for wellness, service, and quality of life.

Dui completed the “Yoga Philosophy Intensive Course” offered by the AC Foundation in Hawaii. She has earned 200-hr and 500-hr Yoga certifications, specializing in Yoga for veterans coping with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). She is also a Transformative Coach, certified Reiki Master, and Health Coach. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Dui holds a B.S. in Meteorology, an MBA in Global Management, and a MA in International Relations.

J Miles

From the teachings of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga, along with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other prominent systems of yoga, Yogi J has crafted a style tempered by humor, relies on the importance of breath, and aims to create for each person a fluid, sustainable and enjoyable practice. Understanding that even ancient practice continues to evolve, the mantra continues to be “practice is effort toward steadiness of mind”.

Currently J Miles resides in his hometown of Richmond Va, loving four children while working to improve his community through his co-founded organization, Project Yoga Richmond (PYR). He teaches classes locally at PYR, and Om On Yoga, where he serves as lead ERYT for the Om On Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Kourtney De La Luz

I was introduced to the practice by my mother in the early 1990s. We were a Colorado family of yogis and vegetarians (mostly vegan) well before it was in vogue. In those times Boulder was our yoga hot spot. It was always the philosophy that interested me most. I have always thought that yoga, like all practices of truth and dignity, has within it the capacity to reform the world.

I prefer to call myself a person who shares yoga rather than a yoga teacher, but for the sake of this writing, I will share that I began teaching yoga in 2014. I was hesitant to begin teaching because my practice is very sacred and personal. Much of my work in the yoga space has been around yoga philosophy and modern-day applications, soul-full leadership for the yoga teacher/industry, holistic well-being, and DEI.

My professional roots are in broadcast journalism, and I have parlayed my background into corporate communications strategy and public relations. Having been a student of Eastern philosophy, metaphysics, ancient healing traditions, and spirituality for decades; I am most passionate about raising human consciousness. I have collaborated on humanitarian and community yoga projects with SAATH Nepal, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, and organizations throughout Latin America.

I am a keynote speaker, consultant, philanthropist, and advocate of us all being well and winning. Skilled in the creation and enhancement of community, I am the founder of the East Meets West Yoga Event and principal of Elevate Your Life Coaching and Consultancy Group.

Lisa Faremouth Weber

Lisa Faremouth Weber is the founder of Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, Chicago Yoga Project, and The Illuminated Soul 200 Hour and Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings. CYP offers trauma-sensitive yoga, lifestyle, and nutrition to adjudicated youth She produced the Yoga for Pregnancy DVD and the documentary short film “The Future of Yoga: Your Pathway to Happiness” which is showing on OmStars online yoga platform. Lisa has traveled internationally as a teacher trainer in the mind/body space for over 35 years. She presents Ashtanga for Everybody, Chakradance, Kundalini, Radiant Child Yoga, PreNatal. Yamas and Niyamas, Yoga Lifestyle & Nutrition for Optimum Health, Pilates/Yoga Fusion, Yoga Nidra, Reiki. Lisa graduated from Northwestern University, is currently on their Mind/Body teaching staff Lisa is a weight loss and optimum health coach for foodfuels.com

Raj Palsingh

Rob Schware

Rob Schware, PhD, heads the Give Back Yoga Foundation and the Yoga Service Council, and writes for the Huffington Post. Rob brought his two decades of management experience with the World Bank to help grow the yoga service movement as a second career. He wanted to combine his development and project management expertise in over 30 countries (including India, Indonesia, Turkey, Rwanda, and Palestine) with his passion for yoga by forming an organization whose mission it is to bring yoga to underserved populations.

Sat Bir Khalsa

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Research Director for Kripalu. His research on yoga for mental health in public schools, insomnia, anxiety disorders, and chronic stress; his Harvard ebook Your Brain on Yoga; and the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care, which he co-edited, have established him as a world-renowned yoga researcher, collaborator, author, and speaker.

Process

The Founding Governing Council on Community Investment began meeting Fall 2020 to reveal the process and strategies for redistributing the majority of revenue above operating expenses and reserves back out into the yoga community in the form of donations for professionals and students as well as for the funding for research. Initial donations are expected to be made in late 2022.

Community Investment Governing Council meets 9 months of each year.

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