Yogis Dedicate Practice to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some people in Dubuque dedicated a yoga practice to the civil rights and peace activist.

Known for his non-violent approach to the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. worked to promote peace. Some yoga enthusiasts say that's the same inner peace they strive for each day.

It's not a stretch for Yoga Instructor Coleen Hughes to draw the parallels.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message was one of non-violence. And in yoga there's a Sanskrit word called Ahimsa. And basically it means non-harming, " said Hughes.

On Monday she led a non-harmful meditation, reflecting on Dr. King's life and legacy.

"In incorporating a lot of core strength and twists in this class, it's going to help us know who we are. And to know what we are going to stand for. Like Martin Luther King Jr did, no matter the cost," said Hughes.

In recent years, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become known as the "National Day of Service". Hughes says this practice and meditation is another element of service to the world.

"You're going to naturally feed the people around you and share your joy and your light and the message," said Hughes.

And while it's his famous words from his legendary speeches, that resonate through the years, Many believe his true legacy is how he practiced what he preached.

"I think by his life he lived a yoga practice," said Hughes. "By his message of non-harming and peace, yet needing to bring about a change. "
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