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Anneke Lucas & Liberation Prison Yoga: A Spiritual Revolution

Thirty years after escaping from a child sex trafficking network in Belgium -  Anneke Lucas has arrived triumphant and whole, compassionate and hopeful. Her voice is brave and honest as she speaks about her years trapped in the dark underbelly of the world’s power society, the lethal residue of shame and guilt, the techniques the body and mind take on to survive. Her long healing journey has delivered her into a place of action and a clear-eyed, hard won understanding of the tied lineage between abusers and abused. To give herself “a purpose in dark times” Anneke created Liberation Prison Yoga - a program that takes trained teachers of trauma-conscious yoga, meditation and mindfulness into prisons, altering the form of the class to create a safe setting that encourages mind/body/heart integration. “Our work is to remain humble, to share from the heart, we are not there to fix people,” Anneke says, adding “When I was in the network I always wanted somebody to come in and give me hope ~ I wished that someone from the outside would have come in and said ~ ‘I know where you are, I know it’s hard, but here’s hope ~ because I’ve been there and I’m out.’” This is her clarion call; through her story and her actions she is giving hope to others, and in response hearts are opening with sweet love and genuine gratitude. A spiritual revolution indeed.


Meet This Episode's Guest

 
Photo credit:  www.annekelucas.com

Photo credit: www.annekelucas.com

Anneke Lucas

“If you’re a survivor, I just want to acknowledge that you are a pioneer, brave beyond words, and I would like to encourage you to recognize this and be extremely kind to yourself, because you are walking this path not just for you today, but for the future of humanity.”
— Anneke Lucas

Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.


Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors and also speaks on the subject. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.

Read more about Anneke's story on her website and learn more about Liberation Prison Yoga here!
 


Anneke was sold into a murderous paedophile network in Belgium when she was only six years old. She was being abused and tortured to serving as a sex slave to European elite. In her talk she openly speaks about her healing journey, what is tried to be highly covered and promotes the awareness of this often-unseen topic.

The Breakfast Bowl Diaries with Sofia Elizadle Duran

Mindful Living in Spirit & Action

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Sofia Elizalde Duran is on a spiritual journey. She has been forging a path fueled by a need to discover “who I am - what makes me be happy, feel at ease, calm and at peace with myself.” Arising out of an awareness of an extreme disconnect between her body and mind, she was pushed to take up this fundamental question and then explore the means and ways she could re-connect, re-make herself. Yoga is at the core of her journey. In the beginning it helped her get into her body and face her fears - “how true were the monsters in my head?” - then it grew into a daily practice that now underpins her entire physical and spiritual life. Acting fires up her curiosity and creativity, at the same time leading her to understand human conflicts and therefore herself. She is a teacher who struggles to be an example of what she believes.  “My faith is in goodness, in truth, in kindness. Everything is connected. Our actions matter so much.” Listen in to hear how she has built her spiritual life and to hear about the delicious breakfast bowl that begins her day!


Meet This Episode's Guest


 
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Check out Sofia's Blog:

www.ando-como-hormiguita.blogspot.com

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ William Shakespeare
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”.

Sofia Elizalde Duran

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I am the average middle-class Chilena, who was fortunate enough to attend the one and only international school in Santiago, because my mother is a history teacher of that school. There, I fostered a deep passion for the English language and Theater. My upbringing, surrounded by international students (classmates & teachers), really allowed me to become the curious being that I am.  I am the eternal inquirer. I ask questions, I research, I explore, I experience. In retrospect, I believe that this is what drove me (has driven me) to the path of theater arts, dance, and yoga.

I attended theater school here in Chile.  It was not easy, it was not necessarily pleasant. I felt I was an alien: I was not Chilean, I was not American. I was a foreigner in my own country, I was (and will be) a foreigner wherever I went (go). I’m a third culture kid, woman. A breath of air came to my life when I was granted a scholarship to go to a Shakespeare Program in Oxford while I was on my third year of theater study. This made me want to come back, get my degree in Acting, and leave Chile.

I spent 3 years in New York City, getting a masters degree in Acting thanks to a full scholarship granted by the Chilean government.  Transformational years: the beginning of finding myself, the birth to new ground-breaking friendships, genesis to the heart of my life with yoga.

In a very curious way, life has thrown me some interesting curve balls-- I, who never in a million years thought I’d be coming back to Chile, now live in Chile. I, who once swore would never be a teacher, have become a teacher. I, who graduated from The International School Nido de Águilas happily thinking I was soaring to freedom, now teach theater and dance in this school.

Life is not work.  My biography does not begin and end with my doings, my accomplishments, and/or my whereabouts. I am a 33 year old woman who believes in beauty, who strives for light and health. I am a woman who has faith in kindness, compassion, and love.


Sofia's Breakfast Bowl

Sofia was kind enough to share the recipe for her breakfast bowl with us! She says it’s important to know that there is no "correct" way of constructing the bowl, and this is just a template of what you can begin try - and maybe later expand.  She recommends exploring with tastes, textures, and colors!

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple (2 big slices-- include the core!)
  • Cucumber (½)
  • Celery (2 sticks)
  • Kale (1 cup, chopped)
  • Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Sesame seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Activated Almonds  (To activate: soak almonds over night soaking in fresh purified water. In the morning, rinse before adding to meal).
  • Walnuts
  • Organic Raisins
  • Fresh Turmeric
  • Fresh Ginger
 
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Instructions:

  1. Chop the pineapple, cucumber, and celery in squares. Top with kale.

  2. Sprinkle with chia, flax, and sesame seeds.  

  3. Add almonds and walnuts.

  4. Sprinkle raisins.

  5. Grind (if you have fresh) turmeric and ginger. If not, organic turmeric and ginger powder works!

 

Enjoy!