"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.

Yoga-Qigong

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.

Services

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...

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...

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...

Advice for Starting a Home Yoga Practice

After teaching a yoga class, one of my students shared that she wanted to start a home yoga practice and asked, “What should I do?” I started to rattle off a bunch of yoga postures to practice. Instead, I told her that the first step was to commit. Read more: ...

3 Reasons to Do Yoga Over the Holidays

I can’t believe it’s the holiday season. Where did the year go! It’s been a year full of change and movement for me. Life surely isn’t slowing down as the holidays approach. With all the holiday parties, shopping, family, and travel, it’s easy to get out of your normal routines including your yoga practice. With the stress of the holidays, now is the time when you can use yoga the most. Yet it can seem so hard to fit it in. Here are three reasons to do yoga over...

Take a Stand, Free Your Mind

Every time I read the latest headlines, I cringe. There are too many stories chronicling the blatant hate, disregard, lack of compassion, and growing division plaguing our country. There are many powerful ways people are taking a stand from bending a knee, marching, to protests.My StandThe way I take a stand is by continuing to free my mind and teaching others to do the same with mind-body-spirit practices. I believe that one of the most revolutionary (and challenging) acts you can take is to free your mind.Thoughts + Actions=...

Not Another Yoga Gimmick

Yoga is on the rise and so are the gimmicks. I get that yoga must evolve and reflect the culture it is being practiced in, but in the attempt to mainstream yoga, let’s not lose sight of the purpose of the...

A Breathe a Day Kept Bridezilla Away

Getting married reminded me of just how powerful yogic breathing can be. I’d love to tell you that due to my 15 years yoga practice, stress just bounced off me during my wedding planning, but that would be a lie.  Nadi shodana, a yogic breathing technique helped me avoid turning into...