Art Show at a Boston Yoga Studio

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The Obama administration issued regulations that require insurance cover birth control without copays.  However, they might give into pressure from anti-women’s health groups.  You can read a bit more about this ridiculous news at here.

It would be a huge mistake to cave in.  Tell Obama just that by signing NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood petitions.

Petition for No-Cost Birth Control

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Bedsider is a brand spankin’ new resource for all your birth control needs.  It provides everything you need to find, get, and use contraceptives well.  You can find out if you are eligible for free birth control, set up reminders, and get answers to your sex and contraception questions.

They are also launching a major public services campaign with more than 33,000 media outlets.  This is the first ever multi-media effort to address unplanned pregnancy among young American women.  Check out their funny PSAs.  The one below is a personal favorite.

Bedsider: Making Your Life Easier

Occupy Boston

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Occupy Boston, a set on Flickr.

Pictures from my visits to Occupy Boston.

Youth Revolt

Several weeks ago, I visited Occupy Boston at Dewey Square.  I wanted to find about teaching yoga there but I also wanted to take in the atmosphere and meet some people.  I left impressed and inspired by people’s dedication and motivation.  Additionally, I felt pride, particularly for those in my generation.

A couple of years ago, I read an article in the newspaper (or maybe a magazine article) about how my generation, Y, is complacent.  Whereas our parents, the Baby Boomers, were protesting the Vietnam War and other great causes, Generation Y had not done much about 9/11, the war, or the economy.  And so, the author concluded that we were lazy (as well as others) and lacked political activism and solidarity.  Well, I think the Occupy Movement has proven that Generation Y does care and that we will act.

In fact, most of the participants and dwellers of Occupy Boston were students or young professionals under the age of 35.  I’m not sure if this holds true at other Occupy movements, but I’m sure Generation Y make up a significant portion.  While the current economic situation is affecting most families and individuals, I think we are one of the hardest hit groups.  Not only are we in debt from our school loans, but we can’t even get jobs to pay off our loans.  So while Generation Y may have been less eager to protest before, now we demand a revolution.

If you haven’t visited Occupy Boston, or the closest Occupy movement to you, I urge you to do so.  Try to leave behind your doubts, fears, and expectations.  Just go experience it for yourself.

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Protest through Yoga

Off the Mat, into the World and hundreds of yogis recently joined the revolution at Occupy Wall Street.  Seane Corn, founder of the non-profit, gave a great speech saying,

“This gathering is not about being ‘against’ something or someone. It is about being ‘for’ unity, freedom of speech, and justice.”

Because we are inspired to support the protest, a couple of us yogis are organizing to do yoga at Occupy Boston.  If you are interested in participating, please let me know.  We welcome anyone who wants to come yoga with us or take pictures of the event.  Also, if you are a musician or a band, we’d love for you to come play some sweet tunes.

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Life is Hard.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here, as you well can see.  My life has been hard recently.  I’ve had little energy for writing.  Excuses, excuses.  But, in all seriousness, I could use your help.  I’m fundraising for myself.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Let me tell you why.

I recently graduated with my Master of Public Health and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training. I’ve been looking for both yoga teacher jobs as well as public health jobs since March. I was having difficulty with this so I started waitressing to pay for rent and food since I no longer had student loans to support me. I was determined to not leave Boston and move home and live with family in New York.

However, I was “let go” from my waitressing gig. I tried to apply for unemployment but it turns out I’m a couple hundred bucks short on income earned making me ineligible. I have picked up a couple of gigs here and there while applying and interviewing for public health jobs. My mother has also sold some of our old jewelry to help me out, but I can’t ask her to sell more sentimental items.

Now, I turn to you lovely people willing to help others out. I am still determined to stay in Boston, particularly because I am now teaching yoga regularly, which took a lot of hard work. Yoga is the main thing that has kept me sane as well as given me the strength and patience to continue job hunting despite my financial challenges. I know this time of struggle will only make me stronger but I need a little help to keep on truckin‘.

Advice, suggestions, and wisdom are always appreciated, too.  This quote is my current inspiration to keep going:

“Everything in life is temporary.  So if things are going good, enjoy it because it won’t last forever.  And if things are going bad, don’t worry.  It can’t last forever either.”

No where to go but up!

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This & That

Oy vey.  It’s been a hectic several weeks for me.  I’ve been meaning to write here about the many things that have been happening in the world but just have not had a chance.  So, let’s do a quick recap, shall we?

The WHO has released The Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2010, which reports on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, along with their risk factors and determinants.

I’m sure you’re aware that Osama Bin Laden was captured and murdered since Americans everywhere were rejoicing.  But did you read this article: The Ability to Kill Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great ?

The House voted to pass H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions” bill, which greatly restricts access to abortion.  Though this is disappointing, Obama has said he will veto it if it ever gets to his desk.

The Guttmacher Institute has an informative video about abortion in the United States.

Boston’s SlutWalk was a success.

Rosie Napravnik made history by placing 9th in the 137th Kentucky Derby, making her the highest-finishing woman jockey in Derby history.

AND, major events occurring in my life.  I finished yoga teacher training and my thesis for my Master’s of Public Health.  I graduate in a couple of weeks!

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Louisiana is the 50th State to Introduce Anti-Abortion Legislation.  Yes, you read that correctly.  50th state.  Read about it at Jezebel.

Louisiana is the 50th State to Introduce Anti-Abortion Legislation

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Anti-Women Crusade Wages On

Although family planning programs have been saved from elimination, the final budget deal greatly affects many other essential health services, particularly for low-income women.  Major cuts have been made to community health centers and HIV/AIDS and STI prevention while the Affordable Health Care Act has been eliminated entirely.  Most disappointing is the attack on abortion access for Washington DC residents.  Despite many politicians standing up against this provision, the District is prohibited from using local funds to help pay for abortions for those who cannot afford it (i.e., low-income folks, most of whom are racial and ethnic minorities).  The circus that played out in Congress is ridiculous, as Stephen Colbert so eloquently points out.

Pap Swear at Walgreens

Learn more about the budget deal details here.

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