Pam Shanti Satnam Buckner

Yoga Journey

From a very young age I knew I was different.  However I hid my differences because like most of us, we want to fit in and be liked.  Unfortunately I spent the greater part of my life trying to "fit in".

Pivotal Shift

I had tried yoga in the past but found it was slow, repetitive and boring. It just didn't resonate with me.  Then one memorable evening I attended a yoga class where they began the class with chanting mantra. I had never done that before and it felt quite foreign but somehow felt so deep in my soul familiar.  I remember looking around and I started crying, I was among like-minded individuals such as myself.  I was finally home.

Yoga is my Safe Space

As I started to explore yoga, I looked around and I didn't see very many people that looked like me.  I noticed that not only did I look different but my body moved differently.  After becoming a yoga teacher, students shared with me that they did not feel welcome in the traditional yoga class and much of yoga's concepts were misunderstood.  I felt it was my duty to create this festival as a safe space to introduce people to yoga and to help establish the foundation for a lifelong practice and greater well-being.  Namaste