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Interview breath are used to still the turbulence of both body and spirit in order to come to a place of peace and of health. Martial arts is another aspect of that, and so is meditation. If people can come participate and learn and be relieved of their stress for even an hour a day … that fills a real need! These programs are all done at one’s own pace. This is drug free, alcohol free and totally beneficial. We all laugh and have fun. It’s a joy! People don’t have nearly enough joy

There was damage, to my property and others, from motorcycles and ATVs. People would come on to my property and cut trees. Young people were running over farm animals and stealing firearms. Even law enforcement believed an abandoned house nearby was being used to sell drugs. I was building mounds and trenches, and installing jersey barriers, to try to keep these problems off my property. But that is not the person I am. I believe that when you are blessed, you must share your blessings with others. And I am blessed: with my family and friends, with the opportunities I have had in life, and with my material situation. So the question for me is, What do I give in return? What we were seeing comes from anger and fear, and there are few resources available for overcoming those types of feelings. So I decided to look at a long-term solution, one that might only come to full fruition in the next generation of kids in our community. The Phi Center is a school, one that teaches the techniques of yoga, martial arts and meditation. I have found those three activities provide a powerful system for developing individual growth and wisdom. Each person has a higher self. We focus on activities that assist each person to find their own higher self and, thereby, their personal joy; no one else can do this for you. Yoga literally means “yoke,” connecting mind and body. Movement and

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and laughter in their lives. Most of our yoga participants range in age from 50 to 70, and they are amazing, beautiful people! There is also a practical focus. We will be offering a ladies’ rape prevention class. The teacher, Charles Morse, from Heron, (Mont.), has several black belts and is my personal trainer in kick boxing and karate martial arts. His daughter was world kick-boxing champion and a bronze medalist on the U.S. kick-

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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...