Description: Explore how life’s biggest challenges can become the path for finding true meaning and fulfillment in life. We don’t discover wisdom in spite of our problems. We discover wisdom because of our problems. Community, service, yoga, and meditation can shift the experience of trauma (PTSD) from being a ‘disorder’ to being a source of growth and strength. During this talk, I share my personal path working as an investment banker in NYC, surviving a near-death car accident in which my cab driver was killed, studying yoga and meditation at ashrams and monasteries in Asia, creating a non-profit that changed the way trauma is treated and healed in military communities, and becoming an internationally-known public speaker and yoga/ meditation teacher.
I also share stories of our projects with human trafficking survivors, veterans, and other people who have not only survived life’s biggest challenges, but who have gone onto become leaders and changemakers in society. The program concludes with a ‘call to action’ that we can all become changemakers… and indeed must. We are the people who have to envision that something better is possible and devote ourselves to that mission.
Customization: This talk can be customized for a wide variety of audiences and taught to people with specific ‘types’ of trauma, including, military trauma, sexual trauma, addiction/ substance abuse recovery related trauma, survival of accidents and serious illness like cancer, homeless populations, and other populations affected by trauma. It can also be geared towards secular audiences in the military, VA, hospitals, and schools or shared more from the perspective of how yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy can heal trauma. It is a popular talk at yoga conferences, mental health awareness fairs and workshops, suicide prevention events, and substance abuse conferences. An all-levels yoga, breathing, and/ or guided mindfulness meditation class can be added to all talks.