Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a teacher, activist, father, husband, minister, nobel prize winner, author, and humanitarian who believed strongly in the first two observances of yoga, non-violence (ahimsa), and truth (satya). He was a warrior for peace who fought tirelessly to ensure that people of color were given their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as guaranteed in the constitution. We dedicate the fruits of our practice today to honor his life and death, and to cultivate these same qualities within ourselves. A reminder to approach every human interaction as with the beloved, even when faced with someone who does not share your gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.
As you move through your days remember to treat one another with acceptance rather than fear; with love rather than hate, with justice rather than injustice, with peacefulness rather than violence, with unity rather than division, and with compassion rather than indifference.
I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.