Is voting an important part of being a yogi?

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About the Author

Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master's degree Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Hala is one of the creators of Off the Mat, Into the World, along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling. This is a yoga and activism initiative that aims to get yogis to take their practice outside of the yoga studio and to touch the lives of others.

Hala has taught yoga and the movement arts to a wide variety of people and places ranging from juvenile detention centers, mental health hospital and police stations, to yoga studios, conference halls and jungles. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing to do! She currently lives in Venice, California with her husband Paul and their two sons.

2 responses to “Is voting an important part of being a yogi?”

  1. Mark Bennett

    I wonder if Ramakrishna voted? I sincerely doubt it. When we push our energy, focus and intention out into the political world we remove it from our spiritual world.

  2. Linda Black yogi

    Amen to you Hala! Whether we choose to engage in politics or not we are voicing our opinion and shaping the direction of ourselves, our families, communities, cities, and states. We make decisions based on our present frame of mind. Our present frame of mind (thoughts) lead to actions that affect our families, friends, communities, and yes…our government. When we govern ourselves from a place of true athenticity and awareness we become more compassionate, tolerant, and better able to serve and have an impact on our communities and hopefully enhance the quality of life for everyone we come in contact with. That has a profound effect in shaping political policy. We become less motivated with political “agendas” and more motivated by service. The long and short of what I’m trying to say is this…keep your spiritual world in tact by being present and then set your intention on a better more peaceful world.