"Be the change we wish to see in the world."--Gandhi
This Gandhi quote is quoted and written over and over again for good reason. It hits home. I am still on a high from Newark's Peace Education Summit that took place on May 13-15th. The Peace Mural on the left was unveiled the day before. I actually painted some of the black in the peace sign and Mayor Cory Booker painted some of the pink. This was an amazing collaboration by Interfaith Coalition for Hope & Peace and the incredible Barat Foundation where over 600 Newark school children got involved to paint this permanent mural. More to come for sure.
THE INCREDIBLE NEWARK PEACE EDUCATION SUMMIT
Check out the art from Newark Public School Children for NPES
The Newark Peace Education Summit included over 100 incredible presenters who were intelligent, inspirational, sometimes quite funny and other times full of emotion. The Dalai Lama is the true epitome of peace as his religion is compassion and kindness, although according to Christy Turlington when she interviewed him year's ago he admitted he is still practicing patience! (hey he might be the Dalai Lama but he is still human). And then at the summit, Roshi Joan Halifax pointed out that yes, HHDL religion is kindness and that we should notice the word has "kin" in it and how important that is.
There were so many other wonderful messages from folks like Deepak Chopra who said,"There's a part of you that is already experiencing peace, hang on to it." to Goldie Hawn who hit home on a huge issue: "When we ask our children to come to class and pay attention,they don't even know what attention is."
Many of us keep saying, the messages were great and our hope is that folks will embrace the messages and take action to in their own way to create and foster peace. As yogis and yoginis, we have the gift of yoga to share with so many. We all have "spanda" or vibrations inside and all we need to do is pay attention to and watch how it creates the "gotta do this mentality" and propels us to create, do and say things. Lets use it to make positive differences in our world.
A person I know who is connected with the Dalai Lama told me that he has personally asked for a report on what folks are doing as an outcome of the peace summit to keep and spread peace. I love that he has taken an interest in Newark and asked for follow up.
AND THE PEACE SUMMIT FELL ON MY TWIN'S 18th BIRTHDAY!
I find that the Universe thought this was cool, especially since EARTH DAY falls on my birthday each year! Needless to say, Kate and Molly were not as excited as me to be sharing their 18th day of birth with the peace summit! All their mom (me) talked about on the way to their birthday dinner with family was the Dalai Lama, Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra, Street Doctor, Cory Booker. And then everything changed when they walked into the restaurant to find that their mom had planned the best event yet of the day...their surprise 18th birthday with all their friends!! Whew!
AMAZING CUPCAKES IN A UNIVERSAL WAY!
Speaking of the Universe, many who know me know I am obsessed with cupcakes and when a cupcake place opens in NJ, NYC, wherever, I check it out. Last week I was in SOHO and craving a cupcake so I sent google a text (# 466453) for cupcake places in Soho. The response noted places in the 20's or West Village. I looked up from my phone resolved not to have a cupcake and instead, across the street was greeted by "Little Cupcake Bakeshop", a place I had never tried. These cupcakes were great. Thanks Universe. P.S. Next week my husband and I are taking a cupcake class at Butterlane in NYC. Will definitely report back after my "shots" of icing!! Lesson Learned: LOOK BEFORE YOU TEXT!
IT IS TIME FOR OUR CORES TO WAKE UP!!
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Spring going into Summer is crazy in a great way. And with the beaches officially open since Memorial Day, it is time to check in with our cores! This Thursday June 9 and next Thursday, June 16, I am teaching special "Prana Flow with Core n' More for Summer" at BHAKTI BARN, Millburn. Class is 7:15-8:30pm. If you want a double class on these two Thursdays, I invite you to come to my weekly public class at KARUNA SHALA, Glen Ridge at 9:30am. See you there!!
NEWARK YOGA MOVEMENT NEWS!!
We have almost completed our second full year in Newark schools and are proud to have shared the wonders of yoga to over 5500 students and 550 teachers. We've done many experiments with our schools and the bottom line is students are enthused as best captured by one University High School student at a press conference when she said "First of all, we have a
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a yoga movement going on at our school." The teachers love it and even the skeptics are converting. Parents love parent yoga. We've participated in the NJ Food Bank's "biggest loser" event and had everyone practicing yoga. We shared yoga with children from Burnett Street School who are part of "I have a Dream Foundation" at an event sponsored by BASS FOUNDATION. We are continuing to work with ALL STARS and more. We've offered peace yoga at, the PEACE Walk, Newark Public Library branches and One Washington Park. We'll be part of Lets Move Newark summer program offering yoga in the parks on Saturdays in conjunction with Lotus Yoga.
All this is exciting but what really keeps me jazzed is what happened at the peace summit before the Dalai Lama spoke on his first plenary....
NPES SUNRISE YOGA
Photo: Laura Olsson
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At 7am on Friday the 13th, students from Newark Public Schools (Broadway and University), Charter Schools (TEAM Academy) and Private Schools (St. Benedict's Prep) came together as one. They convened under a tent at Newark Museum for Peace Yoga at the Museum. They led yoga for the community. They were ONE unified force. They smiled. They relaxed. They gave their perspective on what peace within meant to them. The Street Doctor came and shared his new book, The Fingerprint, printed just in time for the summit. Some folks left with free yoga mats. These students experienced live music and crystal bowl meditation by Dalien aka 13 Hands. They are still talking about it. Thank you to all the volunteers, Newark Museum staff, yogis and yoginis who came out at 7am in Newark on Friday the 13th! Want to volunteer or learn more about Newark Yoga Movement. Please visit our website or sign up for our quarterly eletter via email with " NYM e-letter" in the subject line.
Global Mala NJ September 18th. Get ready...
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Here we go. You are invited to join 40+ yoga studios and their communities in the biggest peace wave ever in Newark!! Taking place at the state of the art Central High School in Newark on Sunday, September 18th 9-2pm.
Amazing yoga. Amazing music. Amazing raffles.
Amazing Vendors, food and massage.
Your guides and speakers joining the wonderful NJ community of teachers and yogis/yoginis includes: The Honorable Cory A. Booker, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Dave Romanelli, Elisabeth Halfpapp, Fred DeVito and Elana Brower. Our live music is provided by the return of the incredible Dalien aka 13 Hands and Go-Ray and the Duke--maybe you've heard them in NYC or Wanderlust? We have a hunch there might be more. There will be awesome t-shirts and tanks for sale at the event. Our two incredible grand prize raffles are due to the extreme generosity of two of our platinum sponsors KRIPALU and EXHALE MIND BODY. You will have a shot at two nights at Kripalu and/or a night at Gansevoort Park NYC and 10 free classes from Exhale!!! WOW! First 200 who sign up get gift bags full of free yoga classes and other exciting items. We are excited to have many partner organizations in Newark join us as well as some new yoga studios. Thank you so much Ras Baraka, principal of Central and Newark Public schools for generously opening your doors to this extraordinary peace event. Sign up, updated website, flyer and more will be available end of June/early July.
Almost the End. Keep reading....
I know this was a long letter but whew...there was a lot to say. And with all this, I didn't really touch on the rest of the month of June that includes getting ready for my twins' senior prom, high school graduation and all the parties, a three week trip to Africa and all the crazy packing that goes with it! Thank goodness for yoga. Yoga truly knows how to ground, relax, pace and prepare one to be flexible and fluid for all that unfolds. OMMMMMM.
IMPORTANT, please read the side INSPIRATION COLUMN on my friend ELA and also DEBBY RECOMMENDS. SOME amazing things happening this weekend and beyond, some great services not to be missed, restaurant recommendation and more. TRULY!!!
I look forward to seeing all of you on or off the mat on the path.
XO Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih
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