Beneath Atlanta’s facade lies the heart of a city that’s had to fight for everything it now celebrates. The diversity, civic pride, and emphasis on equality in Atlanta is due to the history of the families who grew up there and fought for it. You can feel this when you spend time exploring Atlanta's streets and its history.
Thinking back to what I can recall of being taught about the civil rights movement, I now realize that the lessons I learned never came close to scratching the surface of the intensity and depth of the struggle and the effect it had on the nation. Standing in the same dirt where civil rights leaders marched and spoke has a way of catalyzing understanding and teaching lessons that a text book never could. It left me feeling overwhelmingly thankful that I've never had to endure anything comparable, and with a better understanding of what a privilege it is to be able to say that.
I’ve traveled extensively in the United States everywhere except the South. Spending time with the people who grew up here and who came from this land has helped me realize just how incredibly large and diverse our country is. It’s taught me that in order to begin to understand the story of a place, especially one as grand as the United States, you must see it from as many vantage points as you can. You must hear other people’s stories and really listen to them. The opportunity to do this all over the country is just one of the many reasons I’m grateful to have this opportunity with Live Be Yoga.