Remembering

The events that unfolded after my dad passed away shaped the person I am today. His death caused my mom, brother, and I to be eternally close and rely on each other throughout our lives. It brought about my deep appreciation for my mom and an early awareness of the unique struggles that women face. It pushed me to believe that if my dad — a brown, non-Christian, immigrant man — could be successful in Oklahoma in the 80’s and 90’s, then I can surely do anything as well. It taught me that the unexpected can always happen, and resilience and strength are fundamental to survival.

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Day 7: Crown Chakra

We conclude our chakra series with the crown chakra, the peak of our enlightenment. Sahasrara is the Sanskrit word for the crown chakra and means “1000 petaled,” representing a lotus blossom. Lotus blossoms have great significance in Hindu and Buddhist teachings. Something so beautiful is able to bloom out of the muddy depths of water, showing that in life, we can rise through struggle and adversity to achieve enlightenment.

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Day 3: Solar Plexus Chakra

Come to sit and close your eyes or allow your gaze to soften downward. Think about a time in the past week where you doubted yourself unnecessarily. Leave all judgement to the side and only observe this moment. Take that doubt and pack it away in a box. Seal the box, and leave it to the side.

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Day 2: Sacral Chakra

Now, visualize an orange lotus blossom, floating in a serene pond. Maintain your focus on the lotus blossom for the next minute.

Imagine, as you inhale deeply, the lotus blossom is blooming and growing even bigger and brighter. As you exhale, the lotus is closing its petals. Inhale, the lotus blooms, and exhale, the lotus curls up. Repeat this for 10 more breaths.

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Am I Good at Yoga?

On occasion when I've told people about my commitment to yoga, the response has been "Wow, are you good at yoga?" It's a startling question that I don't know how to answer, because what does it really mean to be "good" at yoga? I know what they're really asking is, "Can you do the cool-looking poses?" 

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Self Care

Nurturing a better relationship with ourselves is a necessity. It helps us figure out what's working in life and what we need to change. Self care also helps us take a timeout on the bustle of life. Living in New York means you are always "busy." It's a culture I noticed at Harvard too, where the busier you are the more successful you seem.

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