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Eddie Stern, Founder of Ashtanga Yoga New York

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Eddie Stern thank you so much for coming

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thank you for having me I just gave the

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introduction into her case and I wanted

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you to make the introduction in English

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because you’re the director of ashtanga

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yoga in New York yes I stanga Yoga is a

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different concept for us there are so

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many types of yoga’s in the world I

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never heard of ashtanga yoga before I

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watched interview with you and Stephanie

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and Eric can you describe this what is

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Ashtanga Yoga and how is it different

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than so many other yoga’s in the world

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well it’s a very good question there are

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a lot of yoga’s in the world but they

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have something in common and the thing

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they have in common is that Yoga dresses

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the mind

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it’s about concentration in fact yoga is

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defined as a special type of

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concentration but there are many

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different ways we can concentrate and

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there are many different types of people

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who have to come to yoga based on their

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age their background their health or

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their interests so Ashtanga Yoga is

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based on moving and breathing together

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there’s a lot of synchronized flowing

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movements it’s a little bit active and

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we teach things progressively we don’t

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teach usually big group classes to

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people but we’re very individually

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oriented and that’s one of the

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distinguishing characteristics but the

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war thing that we share in common with

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the other yoga’s is it all yoga is

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basically addressing the mind you were

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talking about your students and I said

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some of your students are then low

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Madonna Gwyneth Paltrow those are from

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many diverse sectors right can you give

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us more examples and also can you tell

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us about your students range yes I teach

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students from all over I one of my

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favorite groups of students comes from a

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housing development used wheels which is

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a area of New York which has an

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extremely high rate of gun violence and

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we’ve been training out there group of

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young men and women who are now becoming

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yoga teachers themselves so we have

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people who have never been exposed to

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yoga or anything like that before in

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their lives coming to the practice I

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have a program I support in Virginia for

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prisoners I teach people who are running

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hedge funds I teach celebrities I teach

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regular people who have regular jobs I

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teach other yoga teachers

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the angley inches from about 18 years

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old to about 84 years old so we see

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people from all walks of life from all

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race from all religion from all class

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everybody so the financial industry the

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financial sector is the tough one in

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today’s society and our financial

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industry having quick responses is

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considered at the characteristics of

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smart people but is there conflict

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between meditation and being mindful

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with having quick responses because we

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always stereotype maybe can I say that

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the two of them and then we say oh there

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must be a conflict is there a conflict

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do you agree with this no that would be

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to say is there’s a stereotype that

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mindful people or meditators they talk

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very slowly and they move very slowly

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and everything is well considered and

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but that’s just actually not really how

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it is our minds work very very quickly

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the more information that we have coming

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in the more difficult it is to make the

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proper decisions what the mindfulness

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and meditation in yoga do is they help

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you filter the information that you need

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so even if there’s a lot of information

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coming in you can still make quick

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decisions but you make them with the

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clearer mind rather than a mind which is

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filled with a lot of chaos so all we’re

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doing is we’re learning how to focus the

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mind so no matter what situation we’re

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in we can deal with it it’s called

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resilience I liked the interview where

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you sit down Loeb is always going to be

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down low right 100 feet can you name

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some of your clients I can give some

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examples to some my students while I’m

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not really supposed to do that and I

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mean you already know some of them right

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otherwise it’s not professional the

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financial names the big names there are

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really powerful and also take type-a

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personalities what brings what does the

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yoga that they do and also do meditation

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because you told me you do those

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simultaneously what does that bring out

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of them does that make them a better

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person better a financial person better

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president hedge fund person I like to

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think that yoga and meditation will help

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make us better people I think at the

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core we essentially are good people

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already

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that’s my that’s my belief and the yoga

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and meditation helps draw out our

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inherent goodness I think that it

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definitely can make us better can I

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practice yoga because I watched your

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yoga and it looks extremely intense to

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me too you know I don’t know if I can do

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that but is it beginner can I join and

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then really do it and benefit also from

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it yes definitely what are the benefits

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the benefits of yoga well it all depends

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on what you’re looking for um but

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generally speaking the benefits of yoga

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will be an overall increased feeling of

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wellness of concentration of fitness of

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health and of clarity I need them all

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everybody needs them all and it also a

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meditation goes in hand with nutrition

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in today’s world sleep as well what do

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you recommend in terms of nutrition

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there are there is some food that

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doesn’t agree or go together with

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certain meditation or how is your day

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like

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what does Eddy Stern eat and do on a

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regular day how many hours do you

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practice well to start with the first

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question about what things might agree

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or not right one of the most important

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things I think and at least in our

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culture would be to start early for

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example start with children and start

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training them and giving them some tools

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how they can self-regulate and deal with

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stress and understand about nutrition

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and understand about exercise so that

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they develop habits early on that later

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on will translate into healthier happier

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lives well how can I make an 8 year old

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or a 10 year old that I have sit down

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and do meditate how does it start how

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early can they start well for example as

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I mentioned you before I work for

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foundation called the Sony ma foundation

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for health and wellness it was started

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by Paul and Sonja Tudor Jones and it’s

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an organization which aims to help

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support the public policy changes which

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would bring health and wellness into the

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education system by piloting programs

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and by testing the programs with

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universities and what we find is that

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even with very young kids they take –

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the idea of sitting quietly and thinking

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about things and moving their bodies

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with breathing very very quickly

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see a lot of changes in the public

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school system in relation to incidences

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of disciplinary action of acting out of

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kids who would normally be reactive to

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high-stress situations being able to

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take a step back and take a deep breath

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and think for a minute we’re reacting to

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a situation

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how many minutes is afford them how many

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minutes is the meditation for children

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well we do about a forty minute class of

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a little bit of character development

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meaning talking about ideas like

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perseverance and discipline and

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friendship and things like that and then

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we do about 20 minutes of breathing and

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movement and about five minutes of

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relaxation and a one-minute meditation

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at the beginning in the end of class I

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have to bring my eight-year-old daughter

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she says she thinks that she has

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insomnia and she needs stress relieving

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music eight years old and she has

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insomnia she says that but um she wants

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to do more pain and greed that’s the

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thing I think but still she would

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benefit from this in addition to my

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ten-year-old yeah definitely so going

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back to you a gang how does your day

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start like any we will love to know

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because you’re the person who waltzed at

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all and does everything that we need to

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be doing in this crazy chaotic day and

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the world right um

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I get up every day between 3:00 and 3:15

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a.m. um early yeah that early why

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because I have to get my day started um

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I have a cup of tea I go down to my yoga

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school I practice yoga for about an hour

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and a half I do meditation for about 20

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minutes or half an hour and then I teach

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in my yoga school for about 4 hours and

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then I spend the rest of the afternoon

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working on things for the Sonia

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foundation working on things connected

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with my school answering email all these

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types of things and then I go home

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usually sometime between 4:00 and 6:00

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p.m. and that’s my day I noticed you

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said tea not coffee I have coffee you do

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you just saw me have a coke okay so

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because some people is special in the

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Transcendental Meditation world days for

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bit coffee totally a special caffeine do

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you

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agree with that are you one of them my

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teacher was quite fond of coffee

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that’s guy said no coffee no energy and

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then what is lungs not too much not too

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much everything moderation what is lunch

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and dinner for you and do you also um

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end up meditating before you go to bed

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you said 4 p.m. right yeah I don’t go to

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bed at 4 p.m. you leave or I go to bed

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at 9 p.m. okay I usually do not meditate

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again in the evening because I’m home

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with my wife and my daughter

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so I leave all of my personal practices

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for the morning time that’s six hours of

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sleep over there is enough uh you know

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it’s generally speaking enough you sleep

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at 9:00 and wake up at 3:00 a.m. and it

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feel pretty good in in terms of

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meditation for a starter like yoga um is

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there a right way to do it how do you

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know if you do it wrong I mean is the

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person as a type a person to me I have

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hard time sitting down and concentrating

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or you know investing five minutes of my

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day into meditation but I know there are

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so many of my friends who benefited from

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this and then you know madala benefited

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from it I should do what I say to myself

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what is preventing us from doing it the

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only thing that’s preventing you from

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doing it is the decision to do it to

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stick to that decision um the only thing

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that prevents us from doing it is our

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mind really we make a decision to do

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something and then later on our mind

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tells us I don’t feel like doing it now

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and we listen to that part of our mind

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rather than the part of our mind which

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said we should do this so just listen to

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the part of your mind that says I’m

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going to invest five minutes of my day

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into meditation and the word invest is a

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really good word to use here because um

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you know imagine if you took five

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dollars every day and you put it in a

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bank account or you put it in you know

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Dan lobes hedge fund that money is going

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to grow and if you take five minutes to

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be quiet every day and just to be with

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yourself and to breathe and every day

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you invest that five minutes into

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yourself you’re going to grow inwardly

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as well you’re going to be more calm

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more peaceful you’ll have a better

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perspective on life you’ll be able to

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listen to people better you’ll be able

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to respond to situations better it’s a

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great investment it’s the best

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investment you could make and is it also

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creating a hab

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doing it on a daily routine that will

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also be coming naturally every day every

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day you do it and then you just do it um

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that’s how our brains work our brains

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are you’ve heard of neuroplasticity okay

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so our brains basically will be molded

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by the things that we do have it truly

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and if we introduce a good habit and we

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keep repeating that habit our brain will

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begin to wire itself to want to continue

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along with that habit because we know

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it’s having a positive effect the same

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is true with the negative habit as well

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whatever we do habitually it becomes a

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pattern in our mind and then we want to

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stay within that pattern so it’s better

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to introduce good patterns and that’s my

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last question thank you so much now I

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noticed you said reading while

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meditating right you were making the

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definition if you sit down and if you so

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can you describe it to us and what is

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the minimum and maximum amount of

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meditation is there a maximum or how

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small amount of time can I invest in my

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very busy day and then how much more can

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other advanced people do and how does

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reading take into it I’m trying to see

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the whole picture of meditation from the

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experts words well it’s a big question

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here a couple of things number one find

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a teacher hmm we need guardians for

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everything we do in life we need

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guidance Oh find a teacher number two it

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cannot be online why not it could be on

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could be I teach workshops all around

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the world and I have people coming to me

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and I say where did you learn and they

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said I learned online I learned from on

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YouTube and I thought oh you’re doing

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very well but then at a certain point

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they have to come and they have to check

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in so you can check the forum they have

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to come and check in so you could learn

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something online but a teacher is the

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only thing that can give you feedback

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like a video can’t give you feedback but

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a human being can so and then if you if

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you want to start on your own try just

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sitting quietly in a quiet area of your

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house for five minutes a day and just

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mentally just follow your breathing just

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watch your breath as it comes in and

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concentrate on your breathing don’t even

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concentrate just kind of watch it well

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you know if you’re like just looking

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down at your hands they’re looking at a

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piece of paper you’re not concentrating

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on it you’re just looking at it so just

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look at the breath coming in and out and

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sit with it

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let your mind get quiet and if you sit

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with no agenda for a few minutes you’ll

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start to get quiet you’ll start to feel

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peaceful what’s the purpose here because

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the thinking there are stuffs it’s like

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a sausage machine yeah it never stops

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but can you slow it down or what is the

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purpose stopping the thinking or

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clearing the mind being mindfulness what

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is the general purple purpose is to be

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in yourself I think we have so much

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coming in from the outside world all the

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time that we get lost in the things that

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we think we’re supposed to be that we

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think we’re supposed to become the

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things that we think we’re supposed to

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achieve and a lot of it is imposed by

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the outside world

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so then we get confused and then we get

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stressed out outputs so we just want to

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be quiet in ourselves so we know who we

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are we know what we’re doing we know

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what we’re gonna do next

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and that’s it that’s and now I know what

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I’m gonna be doing I think yourself

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alive tonight I hope so I have another

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interview but any other message that you

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would like to give to the young

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generation and the viewers and

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especially parents like myself who are

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taking start you gave very valuable

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information any message that you would

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like or any other information that you’d

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like to share with us um no not

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necessarily I think that you know

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generally everyone is looking for

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happiness and happiness is found through

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knowing ourselves and being quiet

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inwardly and in taking care of other

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people in relating well to other people

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and I think that in my life those are

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the things that I’m trying to work on

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I’m trying to just be peaceful within

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myself and be with other people when I’m

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with them and try to listen to people

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then consider others happiness as well

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and I think those things would lead to a

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better world

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simple things thank you so much I feel

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peaceful already with the goals of doing

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this meditation and also yoga I really

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would love to come to your place and

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practice with welcome anytime I will be

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in Istanbul I think this is a one day on

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may 20th or 21st I need to know that yes

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so you can go to our studios in Turkish

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you know I have a friend there Khan

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Malta he has a school there and I think

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I’ll be there for one day perfect

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pleasure to talk to you so much thank

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you for coming

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