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Om Shanti Om.

September 11, 2011 by Carolina

Though it is one of my favorite Bollywood movies, I’m not referring to it when I say Om Shanti Om. Om Shanti is one of my favorite yoga mantras, it means peace. Peace with yourself, peace with those around you, peace with & in the world. Today being the 10th anniversary of September 11, I can’t think of a better mantra.

I remember exactly where I was on September 11. I was in Mass Media class in college when we turned on the TV (a ritual of the class, it was mass media class after all) & saw the horrific image of the first tower being hit. We all sat there stunned, not saying a word, not believing what we were seeing. Our professor let us go home; I remember walking to my sorority house wondering how my loved ones in NYC were & not being able to reach them. As we sat in the sorority TV room my sisters & I cried as we saw the second tower go down; it is a day I’ll never forget. I remember doing yoga that night, trying to calm my mind. That’s the thing about yoga: it helps you calm & clear your thoughts, tap into a sense of peace.

I was ecstatic to go to Rasa-Lila Fest yesterday & I wasn’t disappointed — it was incredible! I got to start the day with Victoria (Running Peanut), Katy (Katy Widrick) & Meghann (Meals & Miles) at Salutation Nation. Though the broadcast called for 50% chance of rain the sun was out; it was the perfect day to do yoga outside.

After enjoying an hour of complimentary yoga, it was time to check out Rasa-Lila. The festival was an all-day event featuring incredible vendors (like Mix1, Lululemon & College Park Yoga, to name a few), wellness, meditation & yoga class, even stand up paddle boarding.

The girls & I started off by taking a yoga basics class with Kelly, one of my favorite instructors in town. We had fun trying different poses.

Practicing yoga with friends is so much fun! After Yoga Basics I checked out the Yoga Nidra & Prayanama classes, both were incredible. The yoga community is so welcoming; I felt at ease & relaxed the whole time I was there. I not only got a good work out, I got to meet great people, try out new things (like a calming tea that was incredible), got coupons to try out different yoga studios, & even attempt poses I’ve never tried before. Rasa-Lila was a great time; I’m excited to go to the next one.

Days like yesterday make me feel incredible thankful to be alive & well. They also make me reflect on those that are no longer with us but left a huge imprint in our hearts. I hope today, wherever you are, you take time to remember your loved ones & let those around you know you love them. Today, 10 years after a day that changed our country’s history, lets take the time to say Om Shanti. Peace to you & all your loved ones. Namaste.

Carolina

Carolina is a marketing professional and graduate student living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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