Sonia Melara

1) Name: Sonia Melara
2) Lives in: West Portal, San Francisco
3) From: San Salvador, El Salvador in Central America but I moved to California as a young child.
4) Occupation:  Executive Director of Rally Family Visitation Services and Full time faculty of School of Social Work San Francisco State University
5) First three jobs (ever!): Office assistant for an energy company, teaching English as a second language, work-force counselor.
6) Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
7) Enneagram Type: Leader/Protector Type 8
8) What you love about Greece?: I have never been there!
9) Something most people don’t know about you: I served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. I was in the reserves for four years and served as the personnel officer for my unit. I served while getting my Master’s in Social Work, and they thought I would be a good match for others who needed any support/assistance.
10) Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga? Because I live in San Francisco, I participate remotely watching Lynn’s Youtube channel and reading The 9 Keys Book. I have also taken the 40-day individualized classes at-home program which allowed me to get grounded and allowed me to work on specific challenges.  I did the 40-day clean eating challenge, and I am just now completing the 40-day Kundalini Yoga challenge!
11) First time you tried Kundalini Yoga? In San Francisco with Lynn when she taught in downtown in the financial district. Lynn donated a certificate for classes to the Silent Auction of Curry Senior Center annual event. I attended the event and bid on it, and since my primary job is at Saint Francis Hospital in Nob Hill, I walked down the hill for the class.
12) Tell us you top tip to combat climate change? Stop driving.
13) Anything else you’d like us to know? Kundalini  Yoga has changed my life!!! It is a daily process. It teaches me every day how important it is to look within, not to react, feel guilty and/or stressed out. It reminds me to stop and deal with myself first, rather than reacting to the outside world. It reminds me that compassion for myself is most important or I cannot do the same for others. I notice a major difference when I don’t do yoga/meditation on a given day. For example, I generall need at least 7 hours of sleep. However, if I have less, and feel it when I get up, doing the practice first thing in the morning gives me the energy I need to move forward.

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