Help Dr. Root Bring Stress-Busting Yoga West
Team Member: Ingrid Foster
EVENT DATE Jul 15, 2015
Samuel Root wrote -
Raise your hand if you or the person next to you could use some stress-reduction. Raise your hand if you know how effective Yoga is on stress. I’ve created this campaign to learn to teach Hatha Yoga at the source, so that I can share these teachings with family, friends, and colleagues back home. Let's band together to bring stress-busting Yoga west.
Over the past 10 years I've bolstered my health and happiness with regular Yoga practice. The time has now come to share my experience, obtain the credentials to teach Yoga, and integrate Yoga principles into my psychological counseling practice.
The money I raise here will go towards my Yoga school tuition, lodging, rountrip airfare, tourist visa, ground transportation from Delhi to Rishikesh . . . and one ripe mango.
In return for your donation (drum roll), you will gain access to:
* an online, transformative learning blog where I'll report and analyze my Yoga training and cross-cultural experiences, as the adventure unfolds;
* my Doctoral (PhD) Qualifying Paper on the effects of Hatha Yoga on culture-shock anger in expatriates;
* my sincere thanks, a virtual high-five, and the personal satisfaction that comes from investing in the health of your community.
Together we can continue to bring the Way of the Peaceful Warrior to the West.
Yoga & Me. Before I can remember, my mom 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 therapy 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 dudes--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.
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(For my professional profile, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelrootphd)