Help Dr. Root Bring Stress-Busting Yoga West
Organized by: Samuel Root
EVENT DATE Jul 15, 2015
Research suggests the practice of yoga can help halt the epidemic of inner stress and anxiety sweeping the West. Sponsor Dr. Root's trip to study Hatha Yoga at the source—Rishikesh, India—and help him share the science of yoga with family, friends, colleagues, and clients back west. Join the group; the time is ripe!
Hi. My name is Dr. Samuel Root. During the past 10 years of busy city living in the US and UK, I've unleashed inner reserves and maintained sanity and stability with regular yoga practice. Yoga consistently helps me find peace and perspective in the eye of the storm. The time has come to share my experiences, formally study Hatha Yoga, and integrate yoga principles into my psychological counseling practice. Let's band together to bring stress-busting yoga west.
Donations will cover yoga school tuition, lodging, airfare from the UK, tourist visa, and transportation within India.
In return for your donation, you'll gain access to:
* an online, transformative learning blog where I'll report and analyze my yoga training and cross-cultural experiences, as they unfold;
* my Doctoral (PhD) Qualifying Paper on the impact of Hatha Yoga on culture-shock anger in expatriates;
* my sincere thanks, and the personal satisfaction that comes from investing in the health of your global community.
Together we can continue to bring the Way of the Peaceful Warrior to the West.
Yoga & Me. Before I can remember, my mother taught me to lay in shavasana—‘corpse pose’—whenever I felt anxious. Later on I’d flip through her yoga picture books and wonder “Who are these Gumbys and how do they manage to look so peaceful?!”
In my 20s I acquired my first yoga DVDs. I liked being able to practice both at home alone or with others in a group. Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden were my early, favorite teachers.
During my master’s in psychotherapy program in 2006, I brought Hatha Yoga into my first counseling job with emotionally frustrated adolescents in a treatment center in Minnesota. Little by little, yoga (via DVD and encouragement) caught on and our group dinners became more and more peaceful. Its impact was obvious.
In 2010, after reading Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, I went back to school for a doctorate in transpersonal psychology. I learned to attend to spiritual issues in counseling and deepened my personal yoga practice. I began to annoy my wife Amanda with frequent invitations to join me on the mat. I wrote my less annoying Doctoral Qualifying Paper (DQP) on the hypothetical effectiveness of Hatha Yoga in reducing anger associated with culture shock in expatriates.
In my DQP class I was joined by two awesome guys--my best mates in school--Gonzalo Brito, PhD, and Nick Fortino. Both Gonzalo and Nick would go on to train to teach yoga themselves. See Nick at http://www.dragonflycenter.org/nick-fortino.html. Gonzalo (http://www.dragonflycenter.org/gonzalo-brito.html) now lives and practices in Spain, but trained in Rishikesh at the same school I hope to attend, the Association for Yoga and Meditation (AYM):
This school comes highly recommended. AYM is a Registered Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training School and affiliated with the International Yoga Federation. I’d like to complete their 200-hour Teacher Training program that runs from July 15 to August 12. Wife Amanda will also train in India around this time, gaining valuable cross-cultural and professional experience at a veterinary clinic in Ahmedabad. As Yogananda (1999) taught, "The East should take the best constructive methods of the West, and the West should follow the East's emphasis on God as the supreme principle of life" (p. 110*), hear, hear! to marrying the best of East and West.
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* Yogananda, P. (1999). A world in transition. Los Angeles, California: Self-Realization Fellowship.