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Lions Roar : July 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2009 49 Sarah PowerS’ Seventh birthday Party was cut short when her mother suffered an excruciating attack of appendicitis, made her way outside, and got into their car, honking the horn in a vain attempt to get her husband to drive her to the hospital. he was drunk, and ignored her. their skinny-legged daughter stood in the middle of the chaos, wearing her birthday best—new orange tights and pink hotpants. and all her girlfriends looked at her with faces that seemed to say, what should we do? Powers cried. “Some children assume everybody is being raised like they are, that whatever they’re experiencing is just the way it is,” she says in an interview. but at that birth- day party, “i kept thinking there had to be another way.” a better way to live. this childhood memory is what Powers shares with me when i ask if there was an exact moment when she began to contemplate what constitutes a meaningful life. of course, at seven, her quest for meaning wasn’t articulated clearly, but her experience nonetheless planted the seed. Searching for meaning, Powers tells me, has been the driving force in her life; it has led her to where she is today. Powers, now forty-six, is a yoga teacher who has developed her own approach to the practice. her numerous articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as PhotobyMichaelSexton AndreA Miller is associate editor of the Shambhala Sun. Yoga With Insight A Profile of Sarah Powers Andrea Miller talks with the well-known American yoga teacher about what has made her life meaningful.