Chronicles of being Castellani
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. –Nelson Mandela
I was born on December 17th, 1973, in Decatur, Georgia, at 11:35am.
I was adopted at two weeks of age by my loving parents, Edward and Hazel Castellani. I have one adopted brother, David Castellani, an estranged adopted sister, and one half-birth sister, Vera Anne Stover.
Luckily and quite self admittedly… almost naively, I have always been a “fearless” person. Jumping from the roofs of houses. Taking leaps in life, dedicating myself to lost causes and standing up for what I thought was right. Some people are just like that, I guess. And then they move away from being forthright, become more apprehensive, are afraid of consequences and just keep quiet. Things don’t apply to them, so they don’t make a decision. Well… sometimes life deals you a hand you can’t avoid, so you find out one way, or another.
December 4, 1993
I was at Harborview Hospital in Seattle for over a month doing physical therapy and speech therapy. I eventually left the hospital in a wheelchair, later graduating to a walker, and then for some time after, a cane. The doctor’s prognosis of my injury was devastating for my parents and friends, and it was probably one of the lowest points of my life. We were told that physical rehabilitation would most likely be of little use, and even if it did help, it would be a life long process. They said that people with traumatic brain injuries have little to no hope of really significantly changing.
Life deals tough breaks, and in many head injury cases the situation is much worse. How was I to know what would happen in the future? How is anyone supposed to know, for that matter? The doctors didn’t, and no one really can foretell the future.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
(Later, it caused a “accept nothing at face-value” attitude that allows me to ignore most corporate blanket statements and engineered marketing)
What I could do was accept these things as part of who I am and move to a different place. I have carried so much rage over the circumstances of December 4th and it’s effected me to such an extent, that for an the entire decade everything has the marks of the head injury shadow.
Yoga Changes Lives
I started yoga in 2006, when I first started working at Yoga Journal Magazine as a temporary employee. I was then hired on permanently, and my practice continued to flourish. Today, with regular and consistent practice, I have seen huge improvements in my physical, mental and emotional abilities, in every area, but particularly on my left side.
It’s because of the profoundly positive influence yoga has had on my life, opening up the world to me again, that I have devoted myself to giving back to the yoga community I now call home.
In 2009, I left Yoga Journal
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Yoga Alliance USA
- Amount yoga costs by the hour costs a Louisiana hospital.
- $250.00 / hour
- Amount a yoga teacher is paid for teaching yoga at the Louisiana hospital?
- Answer: $50.00
What is a 501(c)(3) corporation?
501(c)(3) — Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations
Yoga Alliance CAN:
- Be the National directory for people who agree to the MINIMUM number of Yoga teaching certification of either 200 or 500 hours.
- Yoga Alliance can in theory emphasize mutual respect, sensitivity and support of different yoga styles and traditions.
- However, the fact is that Yoga Alliance did respond by saying that regulation was inevitable, to New York, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri or Arizona. Without any further comments to anyone… except to me.
- In the middle of the Virginia Legal battle to stop the misguided Legislation of Yoga teachers and Studios, Yoga Alliance found it necessary to move from Virginia to Maryland.
- Yoga Alliance now resides back in the original State of Virginia, using the membership dues to pay for both moves.
- Sell their subscriber lists to other businesses and non-profits for profit that they don’t have to explain to you as a subscriber.
- Pay money to other yoga corporations supporting their conferences.
- Make FALSE statements of “setting the standards for yoga”
- Avoid words, or commenting on things publically because that would make them accountable.
Yoga Alliance CAN NOT:
- Represent yoga teachers or yoga studios in a court of law
- Lobby on behalf of yoga studios or yoga teachers because of their 501c3 legal status.
- Set Credentialing, licensing or minimum Standards of Yoga legally due to their 501c3.
- Support localized yoga events that are put on by studios or teachers.
- Legally set the “Standards of Yoga.”
- Adhere to the traditional yoga principles as written in the Yamas and Niyamas