? 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.