Sara Talks about Vines & Vibes
August 26, 2018
A few weeks ago, a group of passionate DIFTL supporters in Florida, including Southeast Volunteer Coordinator Shauna Sinclair, came together to raise funds for Do It For The Love with a yoga event on St. Pete Beach. Here are their stories!
Steve, who led the yoga for the event, came to yoga late in life, after doctors had told him he needed hip and knee-replacement surgery. He was in pain, overweight, and smoked heavily. His introduction to yoga was in a class taught at a gym, but he quickly sought out more experienced teachers.
Within a few months he began his studies in Rishikesh, India at the Vinyasa Yoga Federation, home of Power Flows. Steve trained in classic Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Iyengar style yoga. After teaching for two years, he returned to Rishikesh to the Association for Yoga and Meditation.
He writes, “Yoga slowly brought me to places of awakenings, what was right in my life and what was not so right. Once I submitted to a daily practice I could see who I always wanted to be.” Steve’s journey to yoga is reflected in his teaching — no judgment, kindness to oneself, graciousness and gratitude towards others, and self-empowerment. His favorite part of teaching is watching his students undergo the same process he did to gain strength, flexibility, and self-confidence.
Kate helped Shauna with the promotion and execution of the event. She was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida and currently resides in Boynton Beach. She loves being outside, enjoying nature and spends most of her free time at the beach, local parks, and practicing yoga wherever she can. Kate is a social entrepreneur who wants to inspire and motivate people to live a happier, healthier lifestyle. Music has been a big part of her life, and some of her favorite memories come from being at a concert surrounded by all her beautiful friends dancing away any worries to great music.
Music has also been a go-to for her during her life struggles, and provided an outlet for her to cope with her father being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last year. Music, friends and her health provide Kate inspiration to keep moving forward and maintain a positive mindset and a grateful heart. After losing her father to cancer it has made her even more aware of how precious life really is and how important it is to live life to the fullest with the short time we have on this earth. Music and good health are so vital to living a vibrant and positive lifestyle.
“I am so passionate about DIFTL because there are many of people that are struggling in hard times for various health reasons and I truly believe in the healing power of music. I chose to become a volunteer for this organization so I can spread my love, light, positivity and help give others a chance to create their own magical musical memories that they can cherish forever, which will help them get through the hard times. I am a SOULROCKER and I am here to make a lasting positive impact on this planet!”
Shauna is one of our Southeast Region Volunteer Coordinators and now lives in Clearwater, FL after growing up a military brat and living all over the place! She is a media buyer for an advertising agency.
After her brother died at the age of 8 from brain cancer, her father created a charity that provided an all-expense paid vacation in Myrtle Beach for families with children diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned at an early age the value and joy that comes from providing people during their darkest times with hope and happiness.
Another of her greatest passions is music. Music has been the centerpiece of her life providing lasting memories, creating lifelong friendships and even career opportunities. From the first moment she learned of Do It For The Love, she could not wait to learn more and help spread the word, recruit more volunteers and raise funds for the organization.
Do It For The Love combines her two biggest passions, music and helping others. If you have ever experienced a live music performance, then you know first-hand the healing power of music and all of the joy and love that comes with it. She is thrilled to have been selected as one the Southeast Regional Coordinator of Volunteers for DITFL and can’t wait to help this charity grow and continue to bring the loving power of music to those who need it the most!