There’s something to be said about inner serenity. It enables ability to focus on one’s internal center, to get past those layers and layers of crust that encase our inner strength. Inner serenity helps us get past that thing that cages our emotions causing us to second guess our decisions. We may have limited control on external factors, but we have unlimited control and unlimited access to our internal self.
“Impossible is a big word thrown around by small people” says yoga class coach Femi Akinnagbe in his Face book page. “All things are possible. They just need to be taken step by step.” The yoga class led by Femi Akinnagbe who has “committed my life to the study and practice of the healing arts” is a mind-blowing experience that guides recognizing and tapping into that inner strength.
Femi Akinnagbe, owner, Kare A-Lot Foundation, completed his 200-hr yoga teacher training at Your Yoga in 2014. He is currently enrolled in the 2-year long Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training through Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA where he will receive his 500-hr yoga teacher certification.
Akinnagbe, MSC, RYT 200 ( what do these inititials stand for?) received his Master of Science degree in Physiology, Biophysics and Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown University, (did you confirm this?) and is a nationally certified massage therapist. (what is nationally certified?)
A Shaolin Kung Fu black belt and former Division 1 athlete Akinnagbe has been practicing yoga and Buddhist meditation since 2004. Presently, he is a medical student at the University of Minnesota where he hopes to serve as a bridge between Eastern and Western healing modalities for both mind and body.
I've attended many yoga classes. I love the concept so much I was ready to go to Cuba and take a week-long yoga retreat. I wanted to learn this unique technique of inner peace. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I decided to put my energies into fighting this devil.
Since then I've had a yoga class here and there. Always the instructor was knowledgeable, engaging, helpful but I never actually grasped the concept. I was always too busy trying to figure out what pose was what. I was getting all contorted and confused, never really doing the deep inhaling and exhaling required because I was too busy trying to scope the room, seeing what everyone was doing so I could follow suit.
Yet I have never, ever felt that rush, that feeling of ‘getting it’ until Saturday morning at the Cora McCorvey YMCA. Femi Akinnagbe was leading the 9am Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge yoga session. I entered the workout room that morning with a bad attitude, it had been a long, difficult week.
I left with a new attitude.
Linking every move, every breath, every motion to the connectiveness of our body as a whole, was an academic anthropology class of epic proportions. Everyone engaged at their own pace, their own modified version achieving the same results. Akinnagbe was a conductor bringing a symphony of bodies together, in perfect breathing, stretching moves. The synergy among participants was almost like a harmonic melody of energy and peace.
A daunting education debt of almost half a million-dollar does not deter Akinnagbe’s passion. “I want to be the man my dog thinks I am, and the doctor we would all want caring for our loved ones in their times of need. Will you help me become that healer?” asks Femi in his gofundme page. You can support his dream of being the man his dog thinks he is and the doctor we would all want caring for our loved ones.
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