The Huffington Post's Oasis has some incredible volunteers. From certified massage therapists to yoga educators, these gracious individuals are responsible for making the Oasis exactly that: a peaceful space to unplug and recharge.

The nonprofit organization Off The Mat, which uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change, is co-hosting The Oasis. Off The Mat, Into the World facilitates personal empowerment through leadership trainings, fostering community collaboration, and initiating local and global service projects. Volunteers from Off The Mat are enthusiastic about giving back: learn about the individuals who are making the event possible below.

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  • Jenn White

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I believe everyone could use the benefits of meditation in their lives. To bring that calm to such an important event is a fantastic idea. I'm hoping those who participate will take something from this experience and make it part of their daily lives. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Seeing the peace and relaxation on the faces of those who have meditated for the first time. Also, meeting wonderful volunteers that are so willing to give of their time, energy, and service for the benefit of others. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Whenever you are in service to others you always get way more than you have given. It's amazing how much you can learn about yourself and others just from being in service. embodiedblissmeditation.com<a href="http://embodiedblissmeditation.com."></a>

  • Elizabeth Brumbach

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I value the vision of OTM and wanted to share the lessons I've learned on my mat with others ... and maybe one day while living that lesson, they will share lessons with others. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Coming from an events management background, I am enthralled with the level of logistics that calmly orchestrate the complexity of this vast event! Finding the beauty in everything and simply being a part of it all. <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> I was always taught "it's better to give than receive" when I was younger so this just became a lifestyle. What's so cool about this life approach is the abundance of life lessons and depth of appreciations that come from sharing with others. "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi <a href="http://www.WellnessoftheCarolinas.com" target="_hplink">www.WellnessoftheCarolinas.com</a>

  • Miche Federico, Yoga Garden NC

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I really just felt honored to be able to offer an opportunity for the attendees to "check out" of the crazy! To breathe deeply, stretch and release tension, reconnect with their purpose, and recharge for whatever was to come. Yoga is something we all can benefit from. Wearing dresses, suits and ties, whatever ... it's all good. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Wow ... my highlight, huh? To see the smile on the faces of my yoga students as they finished their class. To know that in some small, or big way, I've made their day better. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Service gives each of us an opportunity to share what's special about ourselves. Everyone has something within them that makes their heart sing. Something they are truly passionate about. To deny others the chance to witness this is a shame. We should all give freely of ourselves when we can, to whom we can. It is as much a service to them as it is to our own soul.

  • Sraddha Pavia

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I wanted to come to the DNC and volunteer at The Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat so that I could be of service to those who make many decisions for the general public. These delegates and congress people have great influence across the country and spend a lot of time in their thoughts. My mission was to draw people into feeling with their hearts. The heart and the mind when joined together are the most powerful force that comes from within. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The highlight of my experience at the Oasis was seeing the interaction of inspirational beings of the yoga world joining forces with those who dictate very important decisions nationally and internationally in the political spectrum. It was wonderful to see people trying new things and broadening their perception of the self. The beauty was the balance at which we found each other through the breath. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Living a life of service is crucially important to me because it has the potential to be the underlying current in all connection. How can we be most considerate of others while still taking care of our selves? By taking care of ourselves we pave the way for others to do so as well. A life of service is a commitment to the self and to all those who you connect with in the process. It is the way of living from your utmost inner truth. Once we know where, how and who we are, we are able to address the question, "how can I serve?"

  • Trula Daugherty

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I am passionate about practicing Yoga and meditation for stress reduction and enhancing health. I teach to share with others a practice that has changed my life in many ways. I want to help others to learn to make a positive change in their lives on and off the mat. The Oasis is providing people the opportunity a place to relax and perhaps try Yoga for the first time in their lives. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> My highlight has been meeting so many wonderful people who have the same values and goals of providing a place to relax and restore. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Living a life of service means making other people's lives better in some small and meaningful way. Our purpose in life in some way involves helping others. Albert Einstein said it best, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

  • Kim Bridi

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and Volunteer?</strong> This cause is extremely important to me as a yoga therapist. Being at the DNC with Off The Mat helps me promote the message of yoga and mediation as part of a well-rounded healthcare plan. Taking the time to practice is just as important as eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, and cultivating healthy relationships. I have people coming to me who have tried all of the prescriptions, been to all of the doctors, and say that the have tried everything. But when they commit to a balanced yoga practice, many are able to access the innate ability to heal and recover. I'm not saying that yoga is the stand-alone answer to all health issues, but study after study show the evidence of its many benefits -- from back pain to depression. We need to get a critical mass and the right people on board to promote and support it. My hope is that this program and the program held at the RNC will help do that. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time, so far?</strong> The buzz in the air, and the ability to find peace in the middle of it, is pretty remarkable. But, I'd say the highlight for me is meeting other yogis. I get to spend time with inspiring teachers, many from Charlotte, some from far away, all who are committed to creating change through yoga. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Ultimately, I believe we are on this earth for service. Service in yoga terms is called <em>seva</em>. It means giving selflessly, without expecting something in return. If you look deep enough, I believe that it's a core human need. Yes, we have a need to give and help others. And the beauty is, when you do that, you do get a return. Studies show that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. I'm grateful to serve this organization and the delegates who are trying to serve our country. A yogi friend posted this quote on her Facebook page today and it sums it up perfectly. "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

  • Meghan Stockdale, Soul Tree Studio

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Being a teacher and student of yoga has healed and empowered me. When this opportunity presented itself to me, I knew I had to come and inspire others towards the same. It is an honor to offer the potential of wholeness that yoga brings to our delegates and politicians. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> I am learning the stress and late nights that the delegates and politicians are engaged in here, so it is amazing to see them rejuvenate in the beauty that is the Oasis. Not to mention attempting aerial yoga with new friends was quite humorous and humbling! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Abundance is a circle of giving and getting therefore, to serve is to be served. I find true potential to become a reality through living a life of service. <a href="http://www.SoulTreeStudio.com " target="_hplink">www.SoulTreeStudio.com </a> <a href="http://www.theimagineyogaproject.org" target="_hplink">www.theimagineyogaproject.org</a>

  • Hillary Lopes

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat? </strong> The energy upon stepping foot into the oasis was palpable. Everyone is sparked with gratitude at the generous soul satisfying offerings of yoga, meditation and spa services that each volunteer is happily doling out! To be a part of this monumental joining of yoga and politics is thrilling. Our community is ready to stand up, give voice and heart to all that moves us, and that includes our nations political endeavors. <strong>What has been a highlight?</strong> A major highlight has been connecting with other volunteers and broadening my community in that sense. Building community is always amazing and it brings more light into my world! Speaking to new people and gathering more ideas, knowledge and perspectives is what keeps things in forward motion. It's absolutely been a magically beautiful experience. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I have been so blessed in my life to have the support and space to grow into who I am and figure out what ignites my soul. Living a life of service is critical. There is no other option for me, giving back is best served up when you live a life full of intention and purpose that aligns your authentic self with your unique passions. When I serve it's coming from my heart and that is definitely needed today. Movement from the heart with the mind fully awake and ready to embrace any and all things that come into your path. That's living.

  • Mary Catherine Dolphens

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I live in Charlotte and thought this was a great opportunity to interact with the delegates and represent our awesome city! I also saw it as an chance to show the world Charlotte's amazing yoga community. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The experience as a whole has been a highlight. Charlotte has never seen anything like this before and it's been great to be a part of it. Watching our city be transformed into the host city and hearing the positive feedback from the delegates about their experience here makes me so proud of our city! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> It's important to be involved in something that speaks to you and share it with the world.

  • Amanda Fiorino

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> To support the efforts that the Huffington Post and Off the Mat Into the World has made in shifting our ability to respond rather than react by embracing such beautiful self-sustaining practices like yoga and meditation. Assisting those that make decisions on our behalf is an honor, and I hope that such rich practices continue to make a positive impact on ourselves and our local and global community. <strong> What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Truly, to connect with EVERYONE! Volunteers, staff of OTM, and delegates -- there is such a palpable energy surrounding this event, and it is apparent that a community is being further formed, and deeper connections are being drawn in each of our singular and collective efforts to assist in the development of our world. <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> We are all so intimately connected and tied together. From our most basic actions and decisions to our most grand and overt, we are constantly influencing, informing, and impacting each other. As a global community, and national community, and a local community we expand like a web and our efforts send out a reverberation of effect. It is crucial that we realize how significant of a difference we can make on our world by coming together and helping -- and help never being limited to a single form, but maintaining it's vast landscape.

  • Jamie Ferguson

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with at the Oasis. I think the Oasis and Off The Mat, Into The World are wonderful movements. I moved to Charlotte in May and couldn't imagine not wanting to be part of the DNC -- it's history in the making. The Oasis spoke to me in particular because it's just so out of the norm of the parties, food, and craziness that make up DNC, and it really shows how much health has come to the forefront. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Have you ever heard the quote "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give"? It's something Winston Churchill said, and I think that especially in this economy, it is so important to take those words to heart and give back to your community. In addition to volunteering my <a href="http://www.snapbugphotography.com" target="_hplink">photography services</a> to the Oasis, I'm also part of Junior League, and the Executive Chair of a breast cancer charity event called the <a href="http://www.paintitpinkgala.org" target="_hplink">Paint It Pink Gala</a>. I created the gala in honor of my friend Kim, who lost her battle with the disease last year at age 26. I work full-time as well. <a href="http://www.snapbugphotography.com" target="_hplink">www.snapbugphotography.com</a> <a href="http://www.paintitpinkgala.org " target="_hplink">www.paintitpinkgala.org </a>

  • Dara Brown, Dara Brown Yoga

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Anyone close to me can tell you I enjoy volunteering in general. This was an unique opportunity to volunteer my yoga skills in a way that I had never done before. I had to jump at it. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> There are so many things that have really made the experience memorable. But what I'll remember most are the looks on people's faces when they were shown a bit of kindness. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I can distinctly remember my mother sharing this line with her children: " You should always give when you can because you never know when you may be the one in need." I really try to live by those words ... not because I'm racking up karma points, but because it reminds me there is no real difference between those I serve and myself. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/DaraBrownYoga" target="_hplink">www.facebook.com/DaraBrownYoga</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/darab77" target="_hplink">@darab77</a>

  • Makeisha Rouson

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I thought volunteering with Off The Mat would be a golden opportunity to help ease people's stress in the mist of a somewhat stressful environment. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The highlight of my time here is making people feel good and seeing a friend I rarely get to see. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I'm not sure if I can put into words what a life of service means to me. I would say that I am a giver and anytime I have the opportunity to give pleases my heart. One of the best ways to give is to live a life of service.

  • Kelsey Cash

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I am a yoga teacher at Flex & Fit uptown and wanted to support them, as well as take the oppurtunity to share and promote the heath and wellness of the society ... looking at the bigger picture. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The services are amazing and the transformation of the studio is unbelievable. I am teaching Thursday night and look forward to it!

  • Ann Welchans

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat? </strong> Everyone needs to find moments of clarity and lift the veil of illusion in their everyday life experience. I want to share the simplicity of the practice of yoga and meditation and how it can be profound in how it opens you up for life! Learn to listen to your own inner teacher! <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> This is where true happiness is. When we give we receive so much in return ... truly an amazing experience.

  • Sid Vishvamitra Jordan

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I came to the Oasis to perform the service of sharing yoga and meditation with a wider community of those in the political arena. And to network with our family of yoga and meditation teachers and alternative healers offering these services. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The highlight thus far has been connecting with those offering services and the receptivity of convention delegates and volunteers to meditation and yoga practices. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Living a life of service is half of our practice of the yoga of self-realization and service to all. <a href="http://pramainstitute.org/" target="_hplink">http://pramainstitute.org/</a>

  • Grace Morales

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I was so excited to have the DNC in Charlotte and wanted to help out. Everyone in the yoga community is familiar with Seane Corn and Off The Mat, so when I heard about The Huffington Post's Oasis, I jumped on the opportunity! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The kindness of everyone involved, we need kindness like air to breathe. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I practice yoga to keep me sane. I teach yoga for my future grandchildren -- decided to start loving them now. Living a life of service is my way of expressing that love. <a href="http://www.gracemorales.com" target="_hplink">www.gracemorales.com</a>

  • Teresa D. Dullaghan

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I am inspired by Seane Corn. Her commitment to Off The Mat led me to apply as a volunteer yoga and meditation teacher for this amazing, historical event. I also loved the concept of The Huffington Post's Oasis and wanted to be a part of raising the awareness about the importance of taking care of ourselves and staying balanced with yoga and meditation, since this is something I am passionate about. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The friendships made and the sense of connectedness and oneness among all of the volunteers and staff. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Living a life of service is important to me because it allows me to humbly act from a place of love in order to give back to others without expecting anything in return. It is an important part of my spiritual growth and when I am serving others, I feel whole and complete. I also find that I get so much more out of the experience than it seems for the people I serve.

  • Eleni Theoharis

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> When I heard the DNC was coming to Charlotte, I wondering how I could take this grand opportunity to offer healing and relaxation to the people who are responsible for our country's well-being and stability. This is such a special time in our nation. And to be here in Charlotte at this time is a blessing. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Wow, I mean, what hasn't been a highlight? Everything has been so exciting! All the people in the Oasis, all the energy, massaging the guests, deliciously organic food and all the free stuff! Those smarty pants vitamins are awesome! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> The importance of living a life of service goes back to the principle of reaping what you sow. It all comes full circle. And I think the more we serve the more we open ourselves up to loving each other, because for a moment we are able to put our own life aside and humble ourselves to another.

  • Chrys Kub, Yapana Yoga Therapy

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat? </strong> The mission of this initiative -- to bring calm and clarity to the people who are attending the DNC through the use of yoga, massage, organic food and community really inspired me to volunteer. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Seeing Nancy Pelosi come into the Oasis and enjoy the benefits of this wonderful experience of restoring and renewing herself, hopefully translating into more awareness in the leadership of our country on the benefits and necessity that everyone have access to this type of wellness and preventative healthcare. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> A quote which I recently heard that has resonated with me: "The Meaning of Life is to find your gift, the Purpose of Life is to give it away".

  • Cristine Codi

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> This is such a fantastic opportunity -- to provide service in my specialization! As a teacher, I integrate my Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology with my training as a yoga instructor to facilitate an approach to optimal functioning that unites mind and body on the mat and incorporates conscious awareness and feedback within that relationship off the mat. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Meeting all the dedicated staff and volunteers! It is fantastic to be included in this group of dedicated and talented community. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Serving others has tremendous far reaching effects. Serving someone creates an enhanced state in which they can then pass it on to others, whether that is in an uplifted mood, an ability to do their job better, or even in making important decisions that affect others in a more conscious way. It is paying it forward, and ultimately it comes back to us, our community, and our future. <a href="http://ww.crissycodi.com" target="_hplink">ww.crissycodi.com</a>

  • Pam Kessinger Best

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I was inspired by the opportunity to help in such a profound yet simple way by offering a place of peace and respite. Understanding no matter what my role may be at the Oasis, I am able to make an impact on more than just the people walking through our doors. A loving reminder to breathe, a genuine smile and a kind hello can go a really long way! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> So far, my highlight has been being surrounded by so many like-minded and caring people during our meet and greet for Off The Mat on Sunday afternoon: everyone volunteering their time for a greater cause and not expecting anything in return. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> The last few years I have been consciously practicing gratitude for the beauty and gifts in my life. I can't say I'm perfect at it yet and that's why it's still a practice. Giving back and being of service helps remind me of this practice and grounds me. Teaching Yoga allows the light and love within me to shine brightly for all to see! <a href="http://bestacupuncture.com/yoga_with_pam/" target="_hplink">http://bestacupuncture.com/yoga_with_pam/</a> <a href="http://www.thebindu.com/our-team/teachers#Pam Kessinger Best" target="_hplink">http://www.thebindu.com/our-team/teachers#Pam Kessinger Best</a> <a href="http://www.allthingsveggie.wordpress.com" target="_hplink">http://www.allthingsveggie.wordpress.com</a>

  • Cory Miller

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I think that volunteering at the Oasis with Off The Mat is a great opportunity on many levels. It's a great opportunity to share yoga, my personal passion, with people from throughout the country. It's a great opportunity to encourage people to bring relaxation and balance into their hectic everyday lives -- hopefully people leave the Oasis with a sense of calm. It's also a great opportunity for me to meet amazing yogis from across the country! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> It's just been fun to be a part of the excitement of the Oasis. It is definitely a place to relax and rejuvenate, but has also been a wonderful place to meet new people from the vendors and support staff to the convention-goers coming through our doors. Also, one of my students asked to work on a handstand in class -- that was a fun surprise! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I think it's important to acknowledge that living a life of service does not have to be found only in big commitments, although big commitments of service do make a huge difference. You can bring a life of service to your own life everyday -- by acknowledging your appreciation of someone, being present with family and friends (read: turn off the cell phone a little!) and finding your happiness and working to share it. <a href="http://www.corygraceyoga.com" target="_hplink">www.corygraceyoga.com</a>

  • Clary And Liz Hilliard, Hilliard Studio Method

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Mom has always taught me that when things become overwhelming to take a moment and just breathe. Our breath calms and clears the mind and allows us to reconnect with our power, our core and our intentions. We wanted to offer our talents as pilates teachers and personal trainers as a means to uplift the spirit, release tension, and revitalize the strength of those caught up in the high energy of the DNC. At <a href="http://www.hilliardstudiomethod.com" target="_hplink">Hilliard Studio Method® </a>finding balance in the physical, mental and spiritual is a means to being strong and centered in every aspect of our lives. We look forward to being a respite for those in the political arena to take a moment and reconnect with their own power and return to the convention feeling energized and refreshed. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> We begin working at the Oasis tomorrow (Tuesday), but the highlight so far has been meeting the meditation group from San Francisco who will be offering their positive, calm energy to the Oasis. Mom and I sat beside a woman named Mochi after Seane's workshop Sunday. She radiated positivity, which was infectious as we both were drawn to speak with her after the seminar. We later commented to each other that her aura felt so welcoming and warm we wished we could curl up on her like a lap cat! Having the meditation group set up in the middle of the Oasis is going to have quite a great effect. We can't wait! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> We feel that living a life of service is living life to our fullest potential. To serve is to be served. Service is the most natural tendency inside all of us and when unleashed can be a powerful force. <a href="http://www.hilliardstudiomethod.com" target="_hplink">www.hilliardstudiomethod.com</a>

  • Amy Hanner Morris

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> As a Charlotte native, I am THRILLED to see our Queen City in the spotlight this week, and as part of the yoga teaching community and a big fan of Off The Mat and all the outreach that they participate in, this opportunity just had my name written all over it! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I have a favorite quote by Maya Angelou, "What you learn, teach. What you get, give." I feel so thankful to have the opportunities I have been given in my life and in this country, I never want to take one of them for granted. Giving back, in any capacity, is the least I can do and what I am called to do. The neat thing is that, when I serve others, I find that the gratitude and happiness spills back onto me -- it truly is more blessed to give than to receive! <em> Yoga Teacher with YMCA Charlotte and Yoga One Wellness Studio</em>

  • Trish West-Loe

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I jumped at the chance to volunteer at the Oasis. Although she has no idea who I am, Seane Corn has been VERY influential both in my career as a yoga teacher, and as a pediatric Physical Therapist. When one's teacher asks for volunteers, it's a huge honor to say yes ... what an amazing way to serve. I didn't think I would ever have this opportunity again, so I jumped right in. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> So far, being able to say hi to Seane has been the highlight of my time here. The trip from New Jersey has already been worth it!

  • Meg Seitz

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> This isn't as much about politics for me as it is about being a stand for the city of Charlotte. I moved to Charlotte five years ago from Pittsburgh, and I've watched this city grow into a place that warrants international attention. Volunteering with The Huffington Post is about serving Charlotte and sharing all the great things about this town -- our yoga community being one. There's so much strong, hot yoga here as well as a commitment to healthy living, and the world needs to know that. <strong> What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> I'm an MBA candidate at Wake Forest University, and our Charlotte campus is just feet from the Time Warner Arena. I've watched the transformation close-up. And as a Charlotte resident, it's been about everything leading up to this week -- the plans, the preparations, the construction, the energy by Charlotte and for Charlotte. It's been fun to watch Charlotte get really good at being Charlotte, but also, at the same time, transform into a Charlotte ready to take on the world. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> A life of service is about sharing authentically about what you know with an audience ready and eager to learn -- whether that's education about a new town like Charlotte or a classic practice like yoga.

  • Foster De La Houssaye, Be Yoga

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I received an email from the director of my yoga studio a few weeks ago informing me of the opportunity to volunteer. I immediately knew I wanted to do it. I was interested in a way to volunteer for the DNC and this seemed to be perfect, given my interest in yoga and meditation. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Service helps me to learn how to be selfless, some of the time. When I am of service to others, my whole world expands and brightens. It gets me out of my own spin. <a href="http://beyogaandwellness.com/" target="_hplink">http://beyogaandwellness.com/</a>

  • Emily South, Charlotte Family Yoga Center

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I am thrilled that the DNC chose Charlotte this year as this city has been my home for the past 8 years. As a yoga practitioner and instructor, I closely follow the work of Off The Mat and the two events coming together was the perfect opportunity for me to get involved. I love the message of mindfulness and awareness and how important that is for our leaders as they make decisions that effect so many. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Just having the chance to come together with other members of the Charlotte Yoga Community as well as those that have traveled to be a part of this momentous event. Being in a position to raise the level of awareness for those attending the event and give back to them during this important time. It's a great thing to see so many people come together and unite. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I truly believe when we find a way to be of service to others we begin to realize our full potential. No matter how small the gesture, when we give of ourselves to others we allow them to shine bright and in return give of themselves bringing it all full circle. This was the driving desire for me to move into teaching and I am grateful every day for what my students teach me. <a href="http://www.charlottefamilyyogacenter.com" target="_hplink">www.charlottefamilyyogacenter.com</a> <em>Photo by Wana June Koch</em>

  • Dada Nabhaniilananda

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> When Seane Corn invited me to teach meditation at the DNC I have to admit I jumped at the opportunity. I think it is tremendously important that we bring a more self-aware, highly conscious level of debate into American politics. I am sure that if our party delegates, politicians and journalists refresh themselves through deep relaxation and self-reflective contemplation, rather than at the bar, we will gain a better quality of thinking from them. Great insight, inspiration, creativity and empathy can come through the kind of introspection gained from yoga and meditation. If our decision makers can learn to reflect deeply, and tap into their intuition more effectively, this could change our political landscape from the inside. I am honored to be invited to play a small part in this process of the awakening of the higher mind. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Dedication to a cause greater than ourselves is what gives deeper meaning to our lives. Others have put this far more eloquently than me: -"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank -"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest...a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein "Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds." Buddha "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted, and behold, service was joy." - Rabindranath Tagore "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi "Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid." - Albert Schweitzer "This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one." - George Bernard Shaw "We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes--unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

  • Jai Lyles

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat? </strong> I truly believe in the work that the organization is doing. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Meeting all of the amazing people here to give of their time for a common goal. <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> I believe it is what God has called us to do with the gifts He has given us: to compassionately uplift one another for the greater good. <a href="http://www.365fit2u.org/ " target="_hplink">http://www.365fit2u.org/ </a> <a href="http://www.catern2u.com/ " target="_hplink">http://www.catern2u.com/ </a>

  • Carrington Jackson

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> As a yoga teacher my mission is to bring people to the awakening of themselves. First on a physical level, understanding strength, balance, flexibility and presence within their muscles, tissues and bones. Ultimately the journey towards the center translates to an understanding of the emotional and spiritual self. And what we find there is that we are more alike than we thought. Ultimately at the very center we find each other. I can't think of a better place to bring this way of being than to the people that lead and govern our country. Once they find us in their center, they will make more conscious and mindful decisions that benefit the well being of the collective. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Living from a place of service is the most authentic expression of love that there is. Doesn't matter who I am, who you are. I am not my brother's keeper ... I am my brother. Helping you live better helps me live better. And who wouldn't want that? Exactly. <a href="http://www.bluelotusnc.com" target="_hplink">www.bluelotusnc.com</a>

  • Daniel Browne, Mobile Massage Charlotte

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> When I heard the DNC was being held in Charlotte my first thought was: how can I get involved? My goal as a volunteer is to promote Charlotte. I want all who visit to have a wonderful experience, and hopefully come to visit again or even move here. I have lived in New York, San Francisco, DC and Seoul, south Korea and Charlotte is a wonderful place to live. The Oasis spa will be a great place for the delegates to get a much needed respite during the convention. Come get a relaxing massage! We also have massage therapists that will give you a massage at your hotel room. Visit our Web site for more information, <a href="http://www.MobileMassageCharlotte.com" target="_hplink">www.MobileMassageCharlotte.com</a>

  • Micahel Shupe, Licensed & Certified Massage Therapist

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Aside from the fact that I truly enjoy meeting people from all over the world, and I can't think of any way better to do that than an event of this magnitude, I really just felt a calling to be part of something bigger than myself. Even though my part my be minuscule, I hope to have a positive effect on the people I work with. And it would also be nice to have people come away from Charlotte thinking that we're a pretty cool place to be. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> Just taking in the spectacle of it all. This is the biggest thing I've ever been involved with in my life, so far! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I believe that we are all put here to help each other. I don't think anyone will make it thru this life alone. Even though what I may do is a tiny part of someone's day, who knows how that will effect the next person that they come in contact with and so on and so on. It's on my website, and I really do feel this, that people are called into the profession of Massage Therapy. If you have the ability to help people, why wouldn't you? <a href="http://www.infinimassage.com/" target="_hplink">http://www.infinimassage.com/</a>

  • Mary Beth Bender

    <strong>What made you want to come to the DNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I chose to participate in The Oasis because I want to help make a difference in the world. I want to help serve others in a way that will benefit them physically, mentally and spiritually. This is as opportunity for me to serve others in a way that could help ease others during an important time in politics and the evolution of human consciousness. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I believe serving others is a close connection to reaching ones highest power. To serve is to serve God. Service is a form of devotion. I am ecstatic for this opportunity! <a href="http://www.marybreath.wordpress.com" target="_hplink">http://www.marybreath.wordpress.com</a> I teach yoga at <a href="http://www.charlottefamilyyogacenter.com" target="_hplink">http://www.charlottefamilyyogacenter.com</a>

  • Annie Okerlin, Yogani Studios, Exalted Warrior Foundation

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat? </strong> To share the strength of yoga and service that Seane Corn and Off The Mat Into The World are bringing to the delegates of the RNC. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Meeting so many amazing people and sharing the work Exalted Warrior Foundation brings to our traumatically wounded service members throughout the country. <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> Helping people to learn the tools to create their own comfort and ease. Yoga creates community and as a culture we have gotten away from supporting our members. I feel very passionately that we need to learn how to support everyone, especially our Veterans and families, in the process of coming home. <a href="http://www.yogani.com" target="_hplink">www.yogani.com</a> <a href="http://www.exaltedwarrior.com" target="_hplink">www.exaltedwarrior.com</a>

  • Jim Valdes

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I love helping people become more aware of unconscious thoughts and feelings that greatly (and many times negatively) influence their lives. The Oasis offers me a chance to lead meditations, which is a fantastic way for people to inquire within and become more mindful. And the other reason I volunteered is that I don't like our two-party system and wanted nothing to do with it. So, noticing my resentment, I decided to counter my selfishness by giving service and loving kindness to those involved in that very system. What also influenced me was the <a href="http://YogaVotes.org" target="_hplink">YogaVotes.org</a> slogan: "It's not about going more to the Left, or more to the Right. It's about going Deeper." <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> By far it would have to be witnessing the impact on people during and directly after a meditation. Other highlights include the camaraderie with the volunteers, especially because they are letting their inner light shine. Amazing Yoga classes! Food. Goodies. Books. Celebs. New friends. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> What else is there really? I volunteer to teach mindfulness at the Boys and Girls Club, and for people in recovery, and I conduct workshops for people who have difficulty meditating. In each moment I can decide to live from a place of building up "the self," which creates disconnection, or to live from a place of love, which creates oneness and inner peace. Beyond my egoic "self", at my core, I am nothing but love. My pay job is real estate agent, but my passion is consciousness. Locally, I started a social and educational community for people interested in calming their false selves (aka "ego") in order to reveal one's true self and practice/learn about consciousness, awareness and meditation. The group is called the EgoNots (<a href="http://meetup.com/egonots" target="_hplink">meetup.com/egonots</a>)

  • Mayerlen Gomez and Liz Dominguez, Venus & Mars Day Spa

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> We were very excited when we got invited to volunteer our services. We are a family owned business and love what we do. It's very important to us to always give back whenever is possible! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> This event exceeded my expectations. The place is beautiful and people are really relaxing themselves to the point that some think it's a real spa and want to come back! It's been very fullfilling! Thank you for inviting us! <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> My sister and I opened our spa for years ago and have been very blessed; that's why it's of great importace to live a life of service. Everyone needs time to relax and to themselves and we love to provide that for them. <a href="http://www.venusandmarsdayspa.com/" target="_hplink">Venusandmarsdayspa.com</a>

  • Scott Roberts, The Peaceful Warrior Massage, LLC

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> A unique opportunity to share what I do with such a large and national audience. I am a small business owner and believe that planting seeds is important to the growth of my business and small business in general. Even though the majority of the people here for the RNC are not local, they all know people that know people, and just one person telling 10 others about what I do is invaluable. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The wonderful, positive interaction with The Huffington Post staff, the Off the Mat staff and the appreciation of all of the people that I have been able to touch with my hands, philosophy and energy. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Too few people are willing to take time for themselves and to take care of themselves. I change that one person at a time. <a href="http://peacefulwarriormassage.com/" target="_hplink">www.peacefulwarriormassage.com</a>

  • Jon Wenberg

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Volunteering at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat appealed to me as a perfect opportunity to become acquainted with this amazing group of people who are affecting true change in the world through peaceful loving service to others. A good beginning for me. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> I think that the highlight for me is happening now, in reflection on this unfolding opportunity to serve; sensing a long overdue return home to service and the building of a global community. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> For me, with a deepening awareness of the interconnection between all people, living a life of service is very much like breathing. Accepting my role as a member of the global community, service is becoming not so much a choice for me, but the very act of living; looking for opportunity where it may arise. <a href="http://www.mdsarch.com/" target="_hplink">www.mdsarch.com</a>

  • Richard Olmstead

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Yoga can benefit all; having a clear calm mind is a preferred state over one that is agitated, so why not help with that? <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Teaching yoga to the people that came to The Oasis, and of course being around the fellow yogis -- the energy of the convention. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> IF you can, why not make a difference? It just seems to be that of the highest value.

  • Karen 'Muki' Villanueva, Director of Practice, Transformative Change

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I'm here with three other teachers of color from Transformative Change, a national organization committed to supporting social justice activists and their allies to do their work from an aligned and sustainable place. We recently launched our <a href="http://mindfulvotes.org/" target="_hplink">MindfulVotes campaign</a>, a non-partisan campaign that seeks to awaken, galvanize, and mobilize the 20 million Americans who practice mindfulness to take their values into the public sphere and into the voting booth. So, our decision to volunteer at both the RNC and the DNC to teach mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga, and tai chi was an easy one to make! We raised funds so that we could attend both conventions in order for us to do our part in bringing more mindfulness to the political process. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> The people! I'm meeting all different kinds and types, each with their own story. It's been great connecting with other volunteers, hearing about their amazing work in the world. Working closely with the Off the Mat folks has been great as well. Also, The Oasis space is a really gorgeous space to teach in. It does a great job engaging all the senses and inviting folks to unplug. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Lending your time and energies towards making the world a more just, sustainable, and equitable place for ALL is one of the highest expressions of Love. When our service is in alignment with our highest and deepest values, we remember how and why we are interconnected. From this, I believe we can make better choices and lead more fulfilling and complete lives. <a href="http://www.mindfulvotes.org" target="_hplink">www.mindfulvotes.org</a> <a href="http://www.transformativechange.org" target="_hplink">www.transformativechange.org</a>

  • Paul Zipes, Executive Director, Yoga For Vets

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I volunteered because I admire the intention of The Oasis. I also hoped to teach and meet veterans, which I did. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> I had a yoga student today who came in very stressed from the fast pace she was keeping. At the end of class she was calm and smiling. That was my favorite moment. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Living a life of service is important to me because I think it would be boring to only take from life. <a href="http://yogaforvets.org/" target="_hplink">yogaforvets.org</a>

  • Michelle Cherry, Cherrytree Yoga & Fitness, Tampa

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat? </strong> The opportunity to show our nation's decision-makers how effective yoga and meditation could be was irresistable. If they found these disciplines helpful I envisioned a chain reaction of wonderful events unfolding: mindful conversation and compromise would be new trends on the hill, yoga class would replace the power lunch, and finally, politicians would convince health insurance companies that yoga (as prevention) is cheaper than blood pressure medication and open heart surgery. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The peaceful, lush surroundings set the tone for wonderful interactions. I got to meet some extraordinary people, both fellow volunteers and Oasis guests. <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> Pay it forward...

  • Tamara Kenigsberg

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I was a publicist constantly on the go in Manhattan for over 8 years and it drove me to yoga. I now teach yoga full time in Miami and volunteer for an unbelievable organization called Yoga Gangsters, a non profit that brings yoga to youth at risk. Sharing the practice of yoga with teens in rehab centers, elementary schools, homeless shelters and other at risk individuals, I see first hand how yoga has such a positive impact on their every day lives. When I heard about this opportunity to be part of such an amazing project, I knew how important it was to be here and help provide a space for all of the convention goers and media where they can let go and relax so they can go back out into the convention with more focus, patience and piece of mind. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The highlight is watching people walk in looking overwhelmed and either mentally or physically tired and then float out with huge smiles and completely recharged. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I think no matter what your profession is, this should be the core value of everything and anything do. If you focus on the fact that you are doing this for the benefit of others, the actual process and the end result are so much more enjoyable.

  • Lisa Wilson, Yogani Studios

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> As a yoga instructor and director of Yogani Studios, Tampa I felt honored to be asked to take part in the Oasis concept. The vision for Oasis is in direct alignment with many of the qualities I work to support within our local yoga community. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Working with a strong and authentically dedicated group of women and men who are as passionate about wellness and healing as I am. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Service takes us outside of ourselves and connects us to others in ways that remind us that we are all one and that true happiness comes from living and caring compassionately for all beings. <a href="http://www.yogani.com" target="_hplink">www.yogani.com</a>

  • Angel Kyodo Williams

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I think this is a brilliant idea whose time has come. Having the opportunity to connect mind, body and heart, which we all have, regardless of political party or persuasion, humanizes us to one another and moves us toward the centeredness and compassion that will allow us to be a better America. This can change how we engage politics from the inside out. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> Getting to see people that have understandably been stressed out by the convention issues that have come up--Tropical Storm Issac, a delayed start, protests and confusion--start to unwind and relax with just a little yoga, meditation and massage. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I'm not sure there's another life to live. I think at the end of the day, it's what we are here for. We express it differently, in different forms, but work gives meaning to our lives, and all work should be done in service -- from the boardroom to the schoolroom to the meditation cushion and yoga mat. <a href="http://angelkyodowilliams.com/" target="_hplink">http://angelkyodowilliams.com/</a>

  • Steven Klein

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> When I heard the description of The Oasis, it sounded like a place that I would definitely seek out if I were a delegate attending the RNC. Even though I discovered the practice of yoga just this past November, I absolutely love it for the many benefits I receive. In addition to enjoying the practice of yoga, I really enjoy the yoga community and the spiritual benefits of yoga. Any chance I get to spend time with people who are leaders in offering the benefits of yoga, I'd like to participate. It's been amazing so far! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The Oasis itself has surpassed any expectations that I had! The volunteers, the services, the attendees, and venue have been great to be around! I didn't really know who Seane Corn or Terri Cooper were (I'm new to yoga), so I'm very excited to spend time with them and support a cause that's important to them. <strong>What's important about living a life of service? </strong> I can't speak for everyone, but I do believe in Karma. When I can help others, I really feel that I've made a contribution. I'd like for my life to be a series of as many contributions as possible. When I look back, I'm not sure there's anything more valuable that I could leave as a legacy. I read a Jim Carrey quote on Tuesday that said something to this affect: "I hope everyone becomes rich and famous and gets everything they ever dreamed of. Then they will realize that ISN'T the answer!" I think it's about contribution!

  • Ronda Mack

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I wanted to volunteer for the RNC, but didn't really know the best way be of service. Then I received the offer to volunteer at the Huffington Post's Oasis with Off The Mat and I became really excited by the concept of The Oasis. Taking a few moments out of the day to relax, stretch, breath and rejuvenate is more important to our overall well being than most of us realize. <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> I have truly been blessed by the opportunity to work with such a highly skilled group of individuals that really care about the wellness of others and the opportunity to serve those who serve. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> I truly believe that it is an honor to have the ability to serve others. I have done my best to serve my country proudly for 24 years in the U.S. Army and now I am able to serve in a more personal one-on-one method.

  • Melissa Nordin, Yoga Breezes

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> Our community and our society is in need of grounding, centering, and focus. Here is the quote that started the creativity flowing: "Respond to every call that excites your spirit." When asked, this is why I felt called to teach at the RNC. I truly believe that we should give of ourselves wherever we see an opportunity to do so. Everyone should share their happiness and yoga with the world if they can -- regardless of who shows up. They are exactly where they should be as I am where I should be. Om Shanti! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far?</strong> The highlight for me was meeting amazing and creative people that shared my interests in embracing happiness, living a healthy lifestyle, and trying to practice mindful wellness in a crazy and busy world. I have had the opportunity to connect with yogis, journalists, creative people, and photographers from all over the nation and have felt inspired and frankly, a little awe-struck. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Seva (service) is one of the limbs of Yoga. Yoga is not just the physical aspects of movement -- it includes living a truly integrated harmonious life. Donating my time allows me to share the abundance I have with those that need it most. It helps me reflect on how lucky and fortunate I am, and keeps me always striving to learn and grow as a person, teacher, student, wife, mother, and friend. Serving my community makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself, and that just makes me happy. My website is <a href="http://www.yogabreezes.com" target="_hplink">www.yogabreezes.com</a> On there I have Seva Yoga lesson plans for anyone to download for free.

  • Erin Motz

    <strong>What made you want to come to the RNC and volunteer at the Huffington Post Oasis with Off The Mat?</strong> I loved the idea of creating a neutral, serene space for people to come into in order to recharge and detach themselves from the chaos of the rest of the convention. Everything in our world is designed to be divisive, whether it's in politics, sports, or even trivial things (hello, Team Edward/Jacob!). Yoga, health, wellness and giving back are always "all-inclusive" and I just felt it would be a welcome breath of fresh air at a political event. I knew it would create a positive buzz and just had to be a part of it! <strong>What's been the highlight of your time here, so far? </strong> The highlight for me has been two-fold: I've really enjoyed hearing people's reactions to why we're here and how awesome the space is. It's really sounding like we've filled a need the attendees didn't even realize they had! Who knew that standing barefoot in a suit on a yoga mat could be so refreshing, right? Also, being able to meet such awesome/interesting/creative/talented people has been equally exciting. <strong>What's important about living a life of service?</strong> Being of service is essential! I'm a firm believer in the idea that in order to receive abundance, you have to give abundantly. I feel blessed that my hobby and passion is also my service; through teaching, I get to show people how to uncover their strengths, stand taller, breath deeper and move from a place of calm. Like I always say (if I'm being honest), I practice to feed my teaching but I teach to feed my life. And that's how it works: when you give you get. <a href="http://www.erinmotz.com" target="_hplink">www.erinmotz.com</a>