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Lydia Aybar, IKYTA

YSM LydiaAybarHeadshotI’m Lydia Aybar MS, Ph.D, and I love sharing yoga with everyone, especially kids. I started practicing yoga as a physical endeavor. I thought I would get a great workout – which I did – but never thought I could meditate. But I found myself meditating in Kundalini Yoga and didn’t even know I was doing it! It helps me feel great and calm. From this I learned that anyone can do it – even kids.  My training in Kundalini Yoga and the Y.O.G.A. (Your Own Greatness Affirmed) for Youth programs, have given me the tools to support kids and families in achieving something that I know matters to them.  I did my Yoga Teacher Training with a long-time student of the man who brought Kundalini yoga to the States. Later that year, I attended the Y.O.G.A for Youth (http://www.yogaforyouth.org/) Teacher Training to help underserved youth with tools of self-discovery that foster hope, discipline and respect for self, others and community.  One of my favorite aspects of Kundalini Yoga is that it addresses specific concerns and intentions. Many Kundalini Yoga practices focus on the immune system, which is particularly interesting to me as an immunologist. There is accumulating scientific validation of the many benefits of yoga and meditation. Another aspect of Kundalini Yoga that I cherish is that it brings out the kid in all of us. I affectionately call it ‘adult romper room’.  Yoga has enhanced my life and helped me through many tough times, and I’m excited to share it with others.

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