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Hi! I am Sonia Roberts, founder of Awakened Love Warrior and Spiritual Justice Academy. I am an educator, writer and certified yoga teacher with over fifteen years of teaching experience. My passion for yoga and social justice connect to promote inner change and social change.
I deeply care about people. I think the seed of desire to be of service, help improve people’s lives and change the world, was planted somewhere around middle school age. That’s when I started to read and learn about the pain and suffering in the world and reflect on my own. I discovered Harlem Renaissance poets and I devoured Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Weldon Johnson and Countee Cullen. Reading their work helped me learn more about slavery, black identity, and the effects of institutional racism. It changed my world. During that time, I began to write as a way of healing. I wanted to make a difference, in my own life, and in the world.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare and Dance Minor from UC Berkeley. I have always been drawn to movement, first dance, then yoga, as a way to align and deeply connect to breath and body. I have studied with many American master yoga teachers through teacher trainings, workshops and retreats.
While in college, I continued to work on healing my own trauma and pain. After college, I worked for various non-profits, a rape crisis center, an employment program for low-income girls, homebuyer assistance center, center for responsible lending and a sustainability organization. I realized this work is hard and creating change is slow. Witnessing other people’s pain and suffering is intense and often times holding their pain is worse than feeling your own. I began to understand how much this work is not just about changing the world, but changing myself. The world changes from within. When I found yoga, it gave me life. Right away I knew I had to teach it. Yoga gave me space to slow down and shift my focus inward. One day at a time, I realized, I can change everything. One person at a time, I can change the world. And so can you.
The concern for the social welfare of both the world and its people is essential to the practice of yoga. Yoga and meditation are transformative practices that have been instrumental in facilitating social change. Yogic principles influenced Civil Rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela to protest segregation and injustices. Yoga, writing, and mindfulness can be practiced to promote personal transformation and social change throughout the world.
My life as a wife and mother has given me an abundance of opportunity for deepening my yoga practice and living in the moment. I am committed to fighting for equal rights for all people, with a strong desire to end violence and oppression. I am devoted to supporting others awaken to their true self and steadily change the world we live in through yoga and meditation, writing and self-reflection, and right or compassionate action.
We Are The Roberts
This is my man who always supports me and lifts me up, our children who challenge and inspire us daily, and together, with your help, we want to unite the world.
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