Ayurveda: the Ancient Indian Art and Science of Creating Pattern-Breaking, Sustainable Change

Six years ago, as a 20-year-old college student in New York City, I asked myself a question that would end up dramatically changing the course of my life forever. I had just been admitted into the Catherine B. Reynolds Scholarship Program in Social Entrepreneurship, which defined social entrepreneurship as “pattern-breaking, sustainable and scalable change related to issues of social importance.” How can I create pattern-breaking change, in a sustainable way, within my own life, and scale those changes into the work I wish to do in the world? I asked myself. Ayurveda, the art and science of life from ancient India, has undoubtedly been the answer to this powerful question. Continue reading

Reynolds Retreat Reflections

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to attend a two-day kickoff retreat for a social entrepreneurship scholarship program I was part of as a college student at NYU. The Catherine B. Reynolds program is “designed to attract, encourage and train a new generation of leaders in public service. The program  exposes a highly selective group of undergraduate and graduate students to the cross-disciplinary  skills, experiences and networking opportunities needed to advance and support their efforts to realize sustainable and scalable pattern-breaking solutions to society’s most intractable problems.” Continue reading

Homeless, not Hopeless…

Is truly the best way to describe my experience teaching youth at Reciprocity Foundation, an organization that enables homeless and high-risk youth to permanently exit the social services system and start meaningful, sustainable careers in the ‘Creativity Economy’ (e.g. fashion, design, marketing, PR). Through Career & College Preparation, Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship and Integral Well-Being programs, Reciprocity Foundation provides participants with personal and professional tools to transform their lives, and those of their community.

Like the young boys I’d taught at Salaam Balaak Trust in New Delhi, these young New Yorkers had faced many crises of their own: the challenge of homelessness, plus many additional issues involving abuse, addiction, sexual orientation, theft, gang violence, imprisonment, etc. As a result of their experiences, society places many labels upon these youth from an early age. One of the gifts of yoga which I shared with Reciprocity youth is how it puts us in touch with our true Self, which is beyond any of the judgments others may have of us. Continue reading