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Yoga Journal - - 2018 GOOD KARMA AWARDS -

? YOGA JOUR­NAL: How did you get in­volved with DYF?

JES­SICA FRANK: I took a yoga teacher train­ing in 2011 that was made ac­ces­si­ble through DYF sign lan­guage in­ter­preters. I be­came ac­quainted with DYF’s founder, Lila Lolling, at the train­ing. Very quickly we saw that we had shared goals and a sim­i­lar vi­sion for her foun­da­tion. She asked me to join her, and the rest is his­tory! ? YJ: What do you plan to do next with yoga teach­ing and your work with DYF?

JF: I un­der­went a trauma-in­formed yoga train­ing in 2017, and I’m hop­ing to start shar­ing this par­tic­u­lar ap­proach with the deaf com­mu­nity. As for DYF, we’re aim­ing to cre­ate an af­ford­able on­line video re­source cen­ter to of­fer deaf peo­ple the op­tion of deep­en­ing their yoga prac­tice from the con­ve­nience of their homes. ? YJ: What does seva mean to you, in your life and prac­tice?

JF: Seva em­pha­sizes the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity. It fo­cuses on what unites us rather than what sep­a­rates us. Self­less ser­vice is tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to heal our col­lec­tive well­be­ing. It’s also the hum­bling re­minder that life serves a pur­pose so much larger than our in­di­vid­ual selves.

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