In the meeting with the translators and programmers during my first week here, I was also asked to create a couple of workshops for the public. The staff had ideas of their own: they said they wanted me to come up with something to address common aches and pains, fatigue and stress–symptoms of urban life, long work hours and surprisingly, the upcoming rainy season which can be the cause of depression for many. The workshops also had to be held in two parts over a weekend ( the one weekend I had off from teacher training) and each be 2.5 hours in length. They said that ” Part I” should somehow address the physical body and “Part II”, the mental. We spent a few moments going back and forth over a few titles and then I blurted out “Living a Better Life Through Yoga” they liked it–and so did I. When I sat down a few days later it became the name for this blog. I realized that this effort to “live a better life,” is my primary reason for practicing yoga, teaching and what I hope my students ultimately gain from the experience. The workshops held on May 12 & 13, were a success. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to hold the space or their attention for that amount of time, but the moments flew by and both sessions were followed by lots of discussion and questions. Encouraged and inspired by the group’s response, I’m now planning to continue developing this workshop concept to cover a series of topics.