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Even before I go to an action, like yesterday for example, before I can even go into the crowd and talk to people, I have to sit down and ask myself some questions. “Where is my own rage in this? Where are my own feelings of injustice?”


United States, I feel at ease. I don’t know how to explain that, but I really feel like I’m in my flow, and it’s an amazing feeling. If it inspires other people in the yoga community to get involved then that makes me really happy. It’s great if that is indeed their calling, it is certainly mine. It always has been.


I’ve always been someone who has been very interested in service, it makes sense to my temperament, to my personality. At the same time I do realize the responsibility of it. I pray to God that I continue to make really good choices. I would really hate to f**k up! I would. I imagine in time, though, I’m going to make a decision here and there that’s not the greatest decision.


I think that any time you put yourself out there and take risks, failure comes along with that.


But I hope that I can be pretty consistent and continue to speak for the yoga community, continue to rally them, inspire the people that want to get involved, and at the same time keep doing my own inner work, which is the most important thing, so that I don’t burn out, so that I can make sure that the main message in everything I do is Love, and Unity, and Peace.


I like my role. Out of all the roles to have in the yoga world, this is the one I feel the most comfortable with and I’m proud of.


I love that you use your voice. You have this intensity, this sense of urgency. You help people get it. I like how it’s not too sweet or airy-fairy, it’s very grounded. I have a hard time with flaky people. I feel like yogis can’t really be effective in the world if they don’t get real, get it together, show up on time and get organized.


When it comes to your own personal pain, how do you transform it? How do you work with it?


I’ve been in therapy since I was 19 years old. I have worked with spiritual mentors who have helped me to not run from the shadow, and to see it not as separate from your own light. I do a lot of anger work. I don’t run from the rage or the grief, I go right towards it. To let it be a part of your wisdom. I look at it and I feel it, because I don’t want that to be the thing that motivates the choices in my life. Even before I go to an action, like yesterday for example, before I can even go into the crowd and talk to people, I have to sit down and ask myself some questions. “Where is my own rage in this? Where are my own feelings of injustice?”


I’ve had injustice in my life, and it’s a physical feeling in me, I mean, I want to kill! I want to rage! But if that’s the energy that I bring into this, then I can’t be grounded and neutral. But I can’t deny that it might not be in me, so I have to sit with it, process it, move it through, and check in. But I do a lot of anger work and a lot of very deep emotional work to make sure that I’m rinsed.


When people are really shut down they’ll say to me, “I feel so empty.” But the truth is, it’s the opposite, they’re actually so full, and there’s no outlet for it.


It’s that feeling of fullness that makes them completely check out, so you rinse the fullness by crying, by journal writing, by expressing the rage in ways that are not hurtful to another person. This is in the privacy of your own room [where] you process the rage. It allows me to go into all environments, and then my traumas aren’t going to get triggered. I want to be able to make healthier, more focused choices, coming from a place of groundedness and not insecurity.


But I’m not going to pretend that I don’t have insecurity or fear or unresolved grief or guilt. I’ve got to go towards it, learn from it, and then transcend it.


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