Lindsey Valdez, Pure Yoga
We must keep seeking for the love and sharing the love. I'm a yoga and meditation instructor who actually found and cultivated my Yoga practice right here in New York City just at the tipping point when I was almost swallowed by the madness and intensity of this great metropolis. I was struggling and suffering, but I kept looking and found the love and light there on my mat. Yoga means "union" and is the practice of connecting our outer world with our inner world by creating a "union" of the mind body and spirit, and I've personally never experienced such self-love, compassion for my self and others, true empathy, peace, and joy than I do from practicing and teaching Yoga.
For me it was Yoga that reignited the love, but it can be anything and everything for everyone — whether it's fitness, music, art, cooking, nature, learning, teaching... whatever you’re passionate about, seek out more of it & continue to cultivate it for yourself and then share it! It starts within first.
I believe that Love can truly be more powerful than hate because Love is the cure that can end hatred and violence. Love attracts love and breeds more Love. Love is creation; hatred is destruction. We must learn to love ourselves first, and that self-love can then grow and spread beyond ourselves out into the world. As the great Buddha teaches “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through LOVE. This is the eternal rule.” — Buddha
Lauren Taus, Pure Yoga
We've always been violent. Peace isn't necessarily obvious or natural for us humans. Peace, for me, stems from an evolved consciousness that we have to cultivate individually, and spread collectively. We can — and must — stand up as a united front and lobby for appropriate changes in the law. We have that power, which is enough to make effective change and save lives.
When we harbor any self hatred, it will inevitably spiral out onto the bodies of others. Practice self love and that too will spread. Mass shootings have seared into the collective conscience and created a culture of trauma. It's normal and perhaps impossible not to fear gun violence. Those most affected can move towards their healing through choice-based movement practices, that I feel honored to know and teach.
Rebecca Hajek, Pure Yoga / Yoga Vida
In light of the ugliness that has happened recently in Orlando it is imperative that we are reminded of our connectedness. Despite gender, race, age or sexual preference we all want the same thing — love and acceptance. When another senseless tragedy renders me helpless, I am reminded that by living the peace I speak about in yoga class, I can in fact make a difference. By inwardly working on cultivating peace, love, and acceptance we can be the change that we wish to see in the world. Then through the power of example, we can influence our brothers and sisters to do the same.