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The North Providence Breeze 08-07-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE AUGUST 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION CumberlandFest SPONSORED BY CYAC August 9-11 Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland Rides • Games • Food Family Fun for Everyone! Exciting Acts Performed by The Kelly Miller Circus Midway by Rockwell Amusements Fireworks Saturday Night (Raindate Sunday) Like Rockwell Amusements on Facebook for the Latest Updates! SMITHFIELD – Shanthi Yogini is a two-minute yoga master who says she teaches yoga not as fitness exer- cises, but as a lifestyle. The Smithfield resident, who runs classes out of her home on the North Providence town line and at various local libraries, says yoga has become far too commercialized instead of focusing on the "science of how to live," a true yoga practice tracing its roots back thousands of years. She teaches yoga as an eight-step therapy system for mind-mastery, so someone can live to their high- est potential in all walks of life. She claims her simple two-minute prac- tices bring instant transformation. A former software engineer who grew up in southern India, Shanthi said she comes from a long line of yoga masters. She says she teaches both the science and art of yoga in its "authentic, pristine, and pur- est form," in-person, on video, or online. "If it's just fitness classes, it shouldn't be called yoga," she says. "There's a lot of commercialization and non-yoga." "Yogini" is a female term for a master yoga practitioner. Shanthi's own father, a man she learned a great deal from, was con- sidered a yogi even though he never held a yoga pose in his life, she said, because he lived in a state of yoga and union, never living in the past or future but learning to experience life in the present. "If you want to truly live, living happens in the present," she said. "The thoughts of the past and future are taking away our happiness." Over a few minutes, she said, she teaches people to come back to the present and totally enjoy life. So many today are coping through eat- ing, shopping, spending time watch- ing things on TV, all of which won't really help them in life, said Shanthi. She teaches them to re-center using a myriad of tools, including breath and poses. The spine and lungs are both extremely important here, she said. Shanthi Yogini is the author of the 2018 #1 international best seller "Happiness: The Key to Success, Twelve Meditation Steps to Uncover Your Joy, Healing and Success." She offers interactive workshops at local libraries, teaching people everything they need to know about yoga and how to carry it with them through life. "In yoga, we are teaching the sci- ence of how to live," she said. "I'm not interested in yoga for yoga's sake." Her goal through teaching "two- minute yoga the ancient way" is always to make people independent so they can teach others. For more visit www.yogaforhappi- . Shanthi Yogini teaches yoga as way of life SHANTHI YOGINI holds a pose in the back yard of her Smithfield home. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY

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