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Smile time

Meet Marie Ansumana from Liberia:

Marie's first smile after cleft surgery

Last summer we offered a benefit Yoga class for SmileTrain, a group of doctors who perform free cleft palate surgeries in the most desperate areas of our world. 

The benefit was a great success, and we raised $2,500, enough for 10 brand new smiles.  I’m starting to get pictures of the children we helped to smile for the first time.

Marie is 3 years old, her family makes $115 a year.  Dr. Gary Parker, and you, gave Marie a second chance at life. 

When I put together a workshop, or benefit class, there’s sometimes a very-brief period of worry.  What if nobody comes?  I’m blessed with the most amazing students, and your presence in classes and workshops make so much possible. 

Thank you so much for your participation!  I’ll be sure to let you know when we can hold our next benefit Yoga class.  

Om Shanti, I’ll see you in class


 p.s.  I’m Sub-teaching the Saturday 8am class at Yoga and Nia for Life this week, Feb21.

By | 2009-02-17T12:53:03+00:00 February 17th, 2009|events, Yoga|3 Comments

About the Author:

Namaste. I've been practicing and teaching Peace, Yoga, and Mindful living for many years. What comes out in class is from decades of going inwards. I love sharing what is rising in my practice and my day to day life of noticing more about this incredible world we live in. Peace -j


  1. peg McAdam February 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Isn’t she delightful!
    Hope to catch one of your classes again sometime . . .



  2. Susan February 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    What a beautiful smile!

  3. Clint Piatelli February 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Very touching, John. And fantastic that you were able to raise so much money. I’ve sponsored a child through the Christian Childrens Fund for over ten years, and I’m actually on my third sponsored child. I’m a rank beginner at yoga, but I would be interested in attending a benefit class to help those less fortunate. Sacred work you’re doing. Peace.

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