Yoga changed my life. In a time when my world was crumbling apart, it was the saving grace to which I turned. Each time I practiced lay moments of peace in my rapidly changing world. It allowed me to accept my new reality even when I feared it because I wanted to go back to yesterday, when everything was comfortable. Without my consent, I was placed on a path that I had not asked for nor did I want to happen. I didn’t even know where this path would lead. The only choice that resonated with me was to face my challenge, and without my yoga practice, I am not sure I could have done so.

What lay before me was the terminal breast cancer diagnosis of my mother when she was 57. At the time, I was living in New York City and enjoyed what seemed to be my dream life, but this experience made me question everything. Yoga was my doorway to enter a new territory and listen quietly to an internal voice that encouraged me to go deeper. I moved back to San Francisco to spend the time I had left with her. During these months, life revealed moments of clarity amidst the pain. One thing became clear: love is what we are here to experience and share.

In the loss of my mother was a humbling gift: to be present in every moment and live a life that is authentic, not the life that is conditioned by society or the life that others may expect, but instead, the life that represents me living my truth.

Feeling immense gratitude for the path that supported me in the darkest time, I wanted to make a film that would inspire others who were facing difficulties. We all have challenges, whether it’s in our relationships, finances, career, or health. So we all need a supportive anchor in life. For me, yoga and meditation were powerful practices for healing that provided that anchor.

Filled with passion, I traveled across the US, and even to India, to interview teachers about the big questions: love, truth, happiness, purpose, karma, enlightenment, and more. The film created from this journey became Yoga Is.
My film is filled with timeless wisdom from teachers in the yoga tradition that can help any of us with the regular obstacles we face. Just like a yoga class, the film invites us to engage in our journey and to allow for the revelation of our own answers.

My teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, begin their classes with this chant:

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhanantu

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

This was my personal inspiration to produce my film Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey, to liberate us from suffering and guide us on a path that will help us heal universally.

The film is available at www.yogaismovie.com as well as Amazon, iTunes, and retail outlets.

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