Our Work in the World

Opening Yoga Grads Share Their Passions

Inspired by the month of love and passion, we asked our Opening Yoga graduates what stirs them deeply. Here’s what they had to say…

“I’m passionate about learning.” ~ Carey Sims, North Carolina

“I’m passionate about studying the human body and music. It’s one and the same. Exploring both results in expansion, rhythm and healing.” ~ Grace Stephens, Georgia

“I am passionate about time spent with my family as well as being open to new experiences.” ~ Kathy Dahl, Minnesota

“I’m passionate about the beauty in nature and it’s mysteries and about gratitude for each day I can bring a little smile to a troubled soul.” ~ Ellen Boschwitz, Minnesota

“My deaf Great Danes and advocating for deaf dogs and animals in general. Continuously learning and integrating new knowledge into my life and my practice. Being of service to others.” ~ Cheri Walter, Illinois

“I’m passionate about sharing that yoga is for EVERY body.” ~ Kerri Hanlon, Pennsylvania

“The smell of old books, the restorative value of tea, sunsets, lakes and warm blankets…Raising my girls to have the courage to be themselves and sharing the truth that ‘we are all way more connected than we think.'” ~ Jo Duffin, England

“I’m passionate about protecting, advocating for, and lifting up those I care about…and a good glass of red.” ~ Dara Brown, South Carolina

“I am passionate about creating a space that is open, warm and compassionate and above all is inclusive to everyone.” ~ Chanell Jaramillo, Nebraska

“I am passionate about inner peace, music and thoughtfulness.” ~ Jodette Bentley, Connecticut

I am passionate about this… Finding this for myself in my asana practice in an effort to find this truth and sense of awareness about who I am, what and why I do what I do… This yoga is way bigger than me. ‘An asana must be righteous and virtuous. By righteous, I mean that it must be true. You must not cheat or pretend. You must fill every inch of your body with the asana from your chest and arms and legs to the tips of your fingers and toes, so that the asana radiates from the core of your body and fills the entire diameter and circumference of your limbs. You must feel your intelligence, your awareness, and your consciousness in every part of your body.’ (BKS Iyengar)” ~ Jo Mary, Kansas

“Mary Oliver says it for me. ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?'” ~ Jane McDowell, Kansas

“I’m passionate about learning, growing, being open to new experiences; sharing and spending time with my family and experiencing the beauty and healing of nature and community. And oh so much more…” ~ Christine Paul, Minnesota

“I’m passionate about making art that challenges Western society’s unrealistic standards of beauty and perfection. I’m passionate about teaching yoga as a tool to develop positive body image.” ~ Rebecca Cerra Tishman, Minnesota