In April We Serve ~ Brima Jah’s Recovery and Rehabilitation
This month at Laughing Lotus we explore pranayama, the extension of breath or life force. The great Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us, “Breathe! You’re alive!” As yogis, we show gratitude for this enormous gift of life by being good stewards of our pranic energy and cherishing one another in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
In this spirit of celebrating pranayama and showing reverence for life itself, April’s Love Saves the Day will benefit the recovery and rehabilitation of beloved Laughing Lotus teacher, Brima Jah. Back in February, Brima was involved in a very serious car accident as a pedestrian that resulted in a long hospital stay, in-home care, and ongoing outpatient rehabilitation. We, as his community and family, are grateful for the tremendous progress he has made and continues to make and want to support him in any way that we can. It really does take a village.
Movement and devotion (bhakti) have always played a central role in Brima’s dharma. Before coming to classes at the center, Brima danced professionally and has always had a love of singing, as anyone who has heard his beautiful voice can attest. A naturally sensitive and emphatic man, Brima studied Counseling Pyschology at the California Institute for Integrative Studies and went on to do healing work with children and families as a therapist. It was inevitable that he’d put all of these gifts to further use and share them with others by becoming a yoga instructor.
Brima enrolled in the Laughing Lotus Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2010 and immediately took to the yogic teachings like a fish to water, developing a profound love of asana, pranayama, and mantra. In 2013, Brima embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in India to worship, sing, and bathe in the holy Ganges River with fellow seekers from across the world. This experience deepened his practice immensely. He has gone on to teach weekly yoga classes, workshops, help lead kirtans, mentor aspiring teachers, and teach modules at Laughing Lotus’ renowned Teacher Training program. His passionate love of yoga and service knows no bounds.
While Brima does have insurance, thankfully, there will be significant costs associated with this accident that will have to come out of pocket. A high deductible, expensive in-home care, medical equipment, copays, lost wages, transportation and possibly other expenses down the line will all begin to take a financial toll on our friend. Please assist us in helping this beautiful soul who has given of himself so generously over the years.
Along with all daily community classes and Saturday 10 ams we will have a Benefit Kirtan on Friday, April 17th with Keith Borden and Friends! Feel free to show up or sign up here
Love really does Save the Day!
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