"Before you can transform the world, you must first transform yourself"

My Book

Love’s All That Makes Sense—is a candid, yet inspiring memoir that I co-authored with my mother about the struggles and triumphs we experienced while dealing with the ravaging effects of my mother’s mental illness over a span of 25 years.


They say that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Teaching yoga and qigong has deepened my understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection and how to use these practices to reduce stress, increase strength and flexibility, foster more emotional balance, develop self-awareness, and increase vitality.


My Yoga, meditation and qi gong practice played were such an integral part of my healing and transformation process. I love teaching others how to use these practices to empower themselves in both group and private sessions. I am a certified qi gong instructor, yoga therapist and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher.

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Breaking My Silence

So little attention is paid to children who grew up like I did. Children of parents with a severe mental illness are often referred to as ‘hidden children’ because the mental health community largely overlooks these children in much of its discourse, research and services. I decided to share my story to draw awareness to the hidden children and their need for support and...

Don’t Count Me Out

Sixteen years and counting in recovery, my mother proves that a ‘normal’ life is possible for people with schizophrenia. A mental health consumer for over thirty years, Sakeenah has a wealth of first-hand knowledge about mental hospitals, mental health centers, and providers and how they can best support long-term recovery. Passionate about raising awareness about mental illness and eliminating stigma, she is a mental health...

Be the Change

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi. If you want more love, be loving. If you want more peace, be peaceful. If you want more joy, be joyful. Sounds simple enough. But simple isn’t always easy, especially since many of us are conditioned to look to someone else to fix our world. Being the change requires each of us to own our actions and to take responsibility for the impact we have on the...

How Yoga Helped Me Figure Out My Why

I’m a big believer in daily doses of inspirations which is why I’m a fan of Ted Talks. One of my favorite talks is Simon Sinek’s– Start With Why. Sinek got me to ask myself the big question – What is my why?   Who knew yoga would help me answer this...

What Exactly Is The Purpose of Yoga?

I was watching an interview with Deepak Chopra about the Science of Yoga. He made a statement that resonated with me: the final destination of yoga is to know yourself. He did not say that yoga’s ultimate purpose is to twist your body up into some complicated posture. Sure that can be a fun part of the process, but it’s not the intent of yoga. Deepak reminds us that yoga is meant to teach us about the complexities of our self, not just complicated...

Just Do It!

The other day, a good friend of mine asked about my blog. I’ve been talking about it for months but I haven’t published anything yet. I didn’t even try to make up an excuse. Truthfully, I’ve been working on it. I’ve even written some of the posts. I just wanted to tweak them a bit more and research a couple things before I actually posted one. Next thing you know, months have gone by. I admitted to my friend and myself, it’s time for me to just do...

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