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Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your Easter or Passover traditions, if you celebrate either holiday!

Before I founded Push to Walk, I tried yoga for a few months. For the most part, I enjoyed the classes and felt that the exercise, strengthening and techniques were beneficial to my physical and emotional health. But when the work schedule got too demanding, it went by the wayside. I do hope to take it up again in the future.

During that period in my life, I read a book by Matthew Sanford called “Waking” that I found very interesting. Matthew was paralyzed in a tragic car accident, and now is very involved in the whole world of yoga and the mind-body connection. In addition to writing his book, he is a public speaker, has founded his own non profit organization, Mind Body Solutions, and is a yoga instructor and workshop leader. If you are looking for some kind of connection in your own life, whether you have an injury or disability of any sort or not, yoga could be one way to find that balance.

Sanford recently spoke to children at Chicago’s Shriners Hospital for Children. Here’s a bit of what he said… “Don’t give up on your bodies,” Sanford pleads, reminding them — and himself — that their bodies didn’t ask for the circumstances that caused their disabilities. “Your body’s doing the best it can.”
Sanford, who contends that deepening the connection between mind and body is more than a personal health strategy — that “when we deepen the quality of where and how our minds interact and intersect with our bodies, our consciousness shifts [and] we get more connected to our lives, to each other, and to the planet.”  

Check out Matthew Sanford and yoga in general. I’d like to hear your thoughts!


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