This is an interview with Traci Lundstrom, who began learning yoga while serving time in the Boulder, Colorado, county jail the fall of 2009. This is where her yoga service career started; as she incorporated yoga into her daily exercise routine, other women in the jail approached her to learn yoga for themselves. While on parole in 2010, she was invited by Nancy Candea, founder of Yoga Impact, to a teacher training program through a scholarship. She became a certified yoga teacher a year later, and began volunteering to teach the same class she first attended in the jail in January 2012. She has recently started a transitional program for released women.
What originally motivated you to do this work and what continues to motivate you? How, if at all, has that motivation changed over time?
I’ve always been motivated to help others. My mother used to say that I was “always trying to help the underdog.” The deeper I got into my own yoga practice, the more I came to understand the matrix of effects it had on my life — my health, strength, emotions and spirit. With that came a deep sense of connection with everything around me. I began to see through my own interpretations of people and their actions. I discovered many more similarities with others than I could find differences. Feeling a kinship that I had never been open to before, I feel more and more motivated to bring what gifts I have to offer and share. Continue reading >> HuffPost