Zobha awards the Grace of Giving Scholarship to Emily Tsay, based in Los Angeles, CA to study in the Pure Yoga Teacher Training at Equinox in Summer 2011. We are incredibly grateful to introduce Emily. Here she shares her passion for yoga and aspirations to provide yoga to under-served communities.
Posted by Emily Tsay.
On What Grace Means To You
I think grace is something that we continuously develop throughout our lives. It comes from developing confidence, being in-tune with the love for oneself and the love for others, and maintaining a mindset of self-efficacy. When these components are in harmony with each other, grace will naturally emanate from our spirit.
On Finding Yoga
When I was younger, yoga helped me build confidence, since it is so empowering and strengthening to the spirit. Yoga has always been an important and influential part of my life. Becoming a yoga teacher will help me to share this passion with others.
On Emily’s Involvement with non-profit organizations
I love empowering people to be “agents of change” in their lives, to develop self-esteem, self- efficacy, and demonstrating they have the tools to achieve their goals. Teaching has been an outlet for this desire to instill change, to love, to create, to empower.
It has invigorated me so much that I spent a summer in Tanzania teaching at a school for orphans. As a pre-med student, I was aware of the need for health education in Africa. I taught orphans about disease transmission and prevention.
In September 2011, I will be moving to Taipei, Taiwan to work with a non-profit organization to help the Taiwanese Indigenous People (TIP), who have long been a marginalized group in Taiwan society.
Since yoga has been a panacea for physical, spiritual, and mental health in my life, this has always been something I have wanted to share with other people. When I go to Taiwan next year, I would like to provide free yoga classes for the Taiwanese Indigenous People, to share yoga as a tool to counteract some of their stressors in their life.
On Receiving Grace of Giving Scholarship
I am super excited about receiving the Zobha Grace of Giving Scholarship!!! It has been a dream of mine to share my passion for yoga, and I am so thankful to Zobha for helping me realize this dream. I also feel honored to be part of the Zobha community. I admire all the work the Zobha Foundation has done in bringing yoga to under-resourced communities. I’m glad I can be an extension of Zobha’s mission when I share the benefits of yoga with the Taiwanese Indigenous People.
Stay connected with Emily on her teacher training journey as we share her experiences at Pure Yoga Teacher Training at Equinox in Los Angeles on the Zobha Blog.