We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
For as long as I can remember, and I am sure the same goes for everyone, but I have always loved that sense of comradery when I go somewhere. It actually doesn’t even matter where I am, but when I am part of a group of people who are sharing in a mutual interest, I can’t help but get a little emotional. I have actually cried at an NHL game as everyone sang O’ Canada.
I am not sure when the concept of community started to become a more prominent word in my vocabulary but it seems for at least the last year that I have used the term a lot. I have started to notice that little communities are forming in my life and that I have pockets of comrades in different areas. I have a yoga community, a work community. I have a group of family and friends that I hold near and dear, although I feel the friend circle continues to grow as I allow more relationships into my life. In some of these circles, I may only be known as so-and-so’s mom.
Each of these communities are familiar and safe. Each one of these communities fills a part of me that must have felt empty before. As I continue along the journey of life, I find myself becoming more content and satisfied with where I have landed up to this point. I have a beautiful family in a safe and loving community that continues to expand as we continue to grow. I have felt so much acceptance as I have moved through these spaces. As I continue to explore and become further engaged in the greater community, I am beginning to feel that perhaps the world isn’t as big as it once was. That perhaps if we continue to grow and love, that we are creating a bigger space for ourself on this planet. And that too is very comforting. Truly, we are never alone, we just need to be more open to the love and life that surrounds us. Locally or globally, we have big role to play, and each and everyone of us is important.
Olivia is a recent graduate of the 200HR Yoga Teacher Training at Janati Yoga School. After learning firsthand the impact that yoga can have on your life, Olivia knew she wanted to explore this path further. Over the years, she absorbed as much information as she could. In 2013, she took the Street Yoga teacher training in hopes of being able to offer more to the youth she serves through her role as Youth Worker. This training left her wanting more. When the opportunity came to do the teacher training, she knew she could not pass it up.
Olivia is a mom to two boys, and because of them she wants to make the world a beautiful place. She strives to lead by example, and do her best to maintain a yogic lifestyle. She has dedicated a large portion of her life to empowering others, especially some of our most vulnerable members of society. It is her hope, that she can help others find their authentic selves. Olivia believes we all have an important role to play and that being able to bring her passion for life and yoga to a greater audience is her own contribution to society. She is looking forward to growing and learning with you. Namaste.