Dear Lonnie, A letter of this nature normally is sent out just before or after someone leaves to their endorsed institution but I thought it would be appropriate to express to you how proud we are to have seen you progress significantly in just the short time we have known you. With every group or individual I have seen you open your heart and mind. You exhibit incredible strength, patience, dedication, and reflection in your practice. You have a unique spark in your eye that reflects a true desire to change, grow, evolve into your true self. The artistic talents you have expressed thus far are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible for you. You and only you hold the capacity to do great things and influence people’s hearts with your kind and compassionate presence and beautiful depiction of life through your art. Thank you for being such a shining example for your peers and for everyone around you. You are no doubt a role model for so many others who reside in their struggles without any intuition about their own capacity for greatness. I wish you all the best as you continue your journey and walk the path of your own healing. I urge you to continue your meditation and yoga practice wherever you go. Truth is, the practice is already in you always. It’s not about being on the mat in a room, it’s not about the yoga poses, it’s not about the teacher, all that matters is you; you and your belief in yourself. Nobody, nothing can take that away from you. Continue on this steadfast journey with courage, compassion, and love and know that anything and everything is possible and within reach. Be the happy joyful dancing Buddha you drew so beautifully in your picture. He even dances amongst tigers, serpents, and fly traps without hesitation. Let this be a metaphor for your life and keep on dancing! “The true meaning of a yogi is someone who leaves a space better than when they arrived.” -anonymous With Gratitude, Ms. Wong, Prison Yoga Teacher
Thank you to Pranaforce Yoga, Sashwa Burros, Abria, the beautiful country of Thailand, The Sanctuary, and everyone who participated in the making of this beautiful film short. Tears of joy still flooding in loving and nostalgic memory of our magical experience together.
Discovered my life tree while wandering through the botanical gardens on a warm winter Saturday in SF. This beautiful magnolia tree stopped me in my tracks and I looked up at in awe for a long time before I could avert my eyes elsewhere. I laid myself below it on a bed of pink and white petals and stared up and reveled in all of it’s grace and glory. Rendered speechless.