MEET MILAN & SANJANA
It all began with a Sun Salutation...
So it didn’t start out with tons of flexibility, coordination or balance. There was no sudden awakening to the enlightened world. Milan and Sanjana had been chugging along slowly, one breath at a time - Sanjana battling middle school, Milan battling middle-age. They practiced Yoga together each morning in an attempt to unite body, mind and spirit.
It took a few years for them to realize the truth.
Everything is already united. Body, mind, spirit, earth, air, fire, water… there are no boundaries, other than the ones we set ourselves. We are all already a part of the universe, we do not have to try. You don’t have to wear an “Om” on your shirt, you don’t have to be vegetarian (at least not until you feel the urge), you don’t have to twist yourself into pretzel shapes, in fact there is absolutely nothing that you have to do or change.
The next chapter is the start of what brought Sanjana and Milan here today.
After teaching yoga for 15 years, and practicing for over 20, Yoga with Milan had become much more than simple postures. It encompassed Ayurveda, Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, and the core notion of food as nourishment for the body and soul. In 2017, Sanjana and Milan united on a new venture to live and share a life in harmony with nature.
For me, a good start to the day begins with meditation and a walk in the elements, grounding and a reminder of where we come from. I love to play with the earth, in the garden and in my pottery studio. I move through the air with dance, yoga, and hikes through the woods. I cook with love, a sense of discovery and the combined energy of fire, earth and water to create masterpieces (at least according to me :)) And when all is done I sit down to either write a book or read one. If that isn’t joy...then nothing is :)
Each day Sanjana continues to learn and apply Ayurvedic teachings to their work in abolitionist spaces. They have seen how Ayurveda and liberation movements mirror each other, emphasizing Earth’s abundance of resources, non-violence (Ahimsa in Sanskrit), community, and proactive care to prevent dis-ease. They also love spending their time dancing, free flow writing, taking spontaneous trips, and getting outside. This year they will attempt to learn to roller skate too!