endeavor

“I’m on an endeavor to be the best mom that I can be for my three kids. I don’t always feel like a great mom though. I’m doing a lot of things like juggling my job, being a mom, being a wife and trying to squeeze in a little “me” time.”

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glow

“Before I met my husband, I spent so much time becoming my best self because I wanted whomever I met to get the best version of me.

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grow

“I discovered that I was strong, genuinely dedicated to bettering myself, and surrounded by a community of like-minded people..."

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choice

"I know how tempting the bad choices in life can be. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where gangbanging or basketball were your only two choices.

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purpose

“Born in Persia, I am proud of my heritage and the beautiful culture of Persians. But some of the cultural rules in Iran, like not being able to workout in public, can be limiting.”

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tools

“Yoga is just that kind of therapy to me. It holds me accountable to my feelings - both good and bad - it represents my truth. I encourage students to lead from their hearts, to follow their intuition, to search for their purpose.”

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closure

“I always dreamed of the day when the father who raised me would meet my birth mother."
 

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step

Step, Step, Step

"A few years ago, when I was out for my morning run, I lost control of my right leg and fell. It is a really scary feeling when you loose control of a limb. It was like I was trying to tell my right leg to step, step, step...."

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tribe

Ajax and Alta

“I just reached 3 years sober. Ajax and Alta have helped guide me on this new chapter of my life. Sometimes I’ll catch them just staring at me like creeps, and I’ll think “Wow, they really do love me.” It’s pretty wild to mean that much to another living soul. Ajax, the one you carried, is sweet and goofy. He has a bunch of odd stuff he does that I never trained him to do. Like climbing on my back. Alta is a little bashful and a real trouble maker.

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humble

International Car Broker to Yogi

“It was the classic story of riches to rags. And it really affected me mentally. I felt it was unfair and I was angry. I needed something in my life that brought me back to the adventurous and humble kid I was when I first stepped into Japan. And that something was yoga"

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story

Pursuit For Education Equality

"I deeply believe that the pursuit of our true story, is fueled by the amazing people we are individually and collectivelly. In that sense, my ongoing tenure with Teach For America has been purposeful in creating my story: constructing more equitable schools in America. Swimming has been a powerful tool leading to this purpose because it has allowed me to attend college that was outside of my financial reach....

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