We had the good fortune of connecting with Margie Hunter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Margie, how does your business help the community?
The sole purpose of the yoga classes I teach, my mentoring work, the book I wrote and my radio show, is to help others in my local, as well as global community. Through the local classes and Zoom classes, my students have been able to learn to calm their nervous systems down and tap into the source of balance and homeostasis in their bodies.. The people I mentor locally as well as worldwide, are people who have multiple sclerosis or other chronic conditions, who also learn to bring balance to their bodies, and in turn create wellness. My classes and mentoring are accessible to anyone. I don’t want money to be a factor in their ability to get well, so both the classes and mentoring are always free of charge. Through my experience in overcoming multiple sclerosis myself, I wrote my book, Transcending MS, in order to reach those I couldn’t otherwise reach. It was written to help others who are experiencing a chronic disease. In being able to let them see that I am well and have transcended MS, I can give them hope, and guide them through the process of creating wellness in their bodies. I am in awe of what we have been able to achieve. The disease, and overcoming it, gave me my purpose – to bring well being whenever I have the opportunity to do so. It is my joy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Twenty two years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was very aggressive. My vision and my balance were impaired, along with many other symptoms. I had to shift the way I was living. I had to take a hard look at everything I was involved in and re prioritize all of facets of my life. I was told there was no cure, but I refused to give up. The search began to try to figure out how to help myself heal. In order to regain my balance I started practicing yoga, with the hope I would be able to have a stable gait, or maybe ride a bike and ski again some day. What I didn’t know was that yoga would not only help me regain my balance outwardly, but that it would also do so in every aspect of my being. Within a few years of my diagnosis, through my yoga practice and life shifts, I was able to heal and leave multiple sclerosis behind. As I began to feel myself getting better and stronger than even before the diagnosis, it became apparent to me that I had to help others who were going through what I had gone through. There was a burning need in me to help others who might be in the same situation. So the commitment to do so began unfolding. I was dedicated to my yoga practice. I studied and practiced daily. I studied the effect of each aspect of my practice on my body and my mind. The connection between my mind and my body became very apparent and the learning process was fascinating. I got to know what it meant to be in the present moment through each posture I did, and how the energy would shift once I relaxed in the posture. I studied the different aspects of breathing and their physical effect as well as their subtle effect. I studied the effect that calming my mind had on my nervous system and as a result the incredible wellness that would occur after making the space for meditation. My body was my laboratory and I was able to observe my progress to wellness step by step. It really was a pretty amazing process. Once I was well and could articulate and explain what the process was, I was ready to help my teacher, Bhupendra Soneji, teach. I spent many years learning from him and guiding others through the yogic process of wellness with him. It became a very big part of my life. Eventually it became my purpose. Opportunities to be of service started presenting themselves more and more. Pretty soon, I found myself on a path I never would have imagined I’d be on. It has all become a natural progression through so many avenues. Each aspect of my work has it’s own vehicle that carries it, but the intention is always the same. In all of my work, my focus is on creating a space for wellnes. When I’m teaching yoga on the beach I incorporate the elements of nature into my classes; the sound of the waves, the breeze, and others elements are all part of the teachings. It’s a process by which my students and I can create the space for healing and wellness and grounding. When I’m mentoring, the focus is on identifying the need and then what can be done for them in their process, to bring them back to balance. I try to give what I received from my teacher in my healing process, by slowing the the nervous system down and implementing the tools needed for healing mindfully. My radio show is also a space that has been created for the purpose of health and healing for my listeners. In it we go through breathing techniques and we meditate and explore how to bring balance back to their bodies, minds and lives. The show is in Spanish, so it gives me the opportunity to reach people that I normally might not have.. And of course the book, Transcending MS, is entirely about making the space for healing. It was born out of my own experience in healing and I share my experience and how that was done, so the reader can follow it step by step. Transcending MS will be out in Spanish this Spring and I’m very excited about that! This whole process has evolved in an organic way. Each aspect of my work has been born out of filling a need, and from there has grown. I haven’t set out to find any of these things, they have found me. I am thrilled every time I hear that through one of these processes someone has found their inner voice; that voice that guides them to where their balance and health is. I’ve heard it happen from Moscow to New Jersey, and so many other places around the world. It tells me we are on the right track. That in the same way I healed, so are they healing. My story is about hope. I’ve learned that we need never lose hope. We can make the impossible possible. That is what I want the world to know.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think Venice would definitely be on our itinerary. There is no place like it. Maybe lunch at Gladstone’s and then off to a more serene experience at the gardens of the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. At some point we would have to go to the beach, no matter what time of year. Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Malibu are a must. We could go paddle boarding in Newport Bay. We would probably go to lunch in Pasadena at Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine for some arepas and yuca, and a trip to the Getty Center, The Broad and LACMA. Most of my friends love a good museum. We might head south and take a day at Disneyland. Or we might venture east to toward Joshua Tree and go to the Integratron for a Sound Bath. LA and its surroundings have so much to offer. No matter what your interests are, there is something for your
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I was incredibly blessed to have my yoga teacher, my mentor, and friend, Bhupendra Soneji come into my life at a time when I was very ill. I had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had been told there was no cure. Through his selfless teachings, guidance and love, I was able to overcome the disease. For the past 22 years I have been learning the many branches of yoga with him and have strived to understand and apply as much as humanly possible. It is his teachings that I have implemented in my life, and pass along to those whom I am teaching, mentoring and guiding. It is his generous spirit and knowledge which is behind all that I teach and share. I am deeply grateful.
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Other: Book: Transcending MS (English) Trascendiendo Juntos (Spanish translation due out this Spring) Radio show: on LatinoRadioTV.com: Trascendiendo Juntos 4pm California PST Podcast: ivoox.com. Margie Hunter, Trascendiendo Juntos
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