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Hello! My name is Sarah and I currently work as a counselor at a homeless shelter. I am also volunteering in a neuroscience lab that is attempting to create scientifically valid intervention techniques to combat the negative effects of stress on a developing brain. The intervention studies are largely based in meditation and mindfulness techniques that at-risk parents can use to help create better outcomes for their children- and we are proving this with EEGs on a neurological level! Eventually, I would like to go to pursue a PhD in behavioral neuroscience and have my own private counseling practice. I am very passionate about helping others get out of their own way and learn to help themselves. I recently stumbled upon a week long program in India through SLV.Global that will teach me more about the effects of meditation and yoga on the overall wellbeing of the brain as well as a non-western way of viewing mental health. I have personally experienced the positive effects of connecting your mind with your body through yoga and successfully overcome a mental illness of my own with meditation and mindfulness practices. I also have always felt a call to India and the prevailing spirituality and somehow always knew that this would be the first place I would travel on my own. I can afford the program itself through what I have saved from my income at the shelter, but the plane tickets from Oregon (USA) are far more expensive than the program and I would really, really appreciate any help you can offer to help make this happen for me. I can promise I will use the knowledge I gain from this experience to help as many people reach their fullest potential as I can.