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Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader?: Meet LiRa Bennett

Jul 31, 2014 08:34AM

Life’s mission: To offer a radiant smile to all; to serve with love and compassion, consciously in presence, feeling the connectivity of all living things; and to live the journey with gratitude, acceptance and serenity.

Work: My partner, Gretchen Ross, and I established a nonprofit, PR Restorative Yoga, that offers a free, gentle, restorative yoga program, providing a safe and loving space that encourages recovery from cancer. Classes focus on calmness, gentle movement, breath work and mediation techniques. Our goal is to softly touch, nurture and encourage each of these courageous individuals. We are grateful that George McDermott joined us two years ago to add his expertise to the program. I am certified to present the HeartMath De-Stress workshops. HearthMath is a science-based tool that captures accurate heart rhythm information and provides real-time feedback so that one can more effectively calm the nervous system and manage stress. I teach and share yoga in several communities throughout Naples. My newest venue with my partner Nora Morris was presenting a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. There are many more to come.

Proudest achievements: I have a son and daughter that I love very much. Professionally, knowing that the restorative classes and HeartMath sessions create a space to experience peace for those recovering from dis-ease. Local causes supported: PR Restorative Yoga (, 100 Women Who Care (, House of Gaia (

Expectations for the future: No expectations, just acceptance for all beings.

Favorite app: HeartMath and Spotify.

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I am so grateful for the interconnectivity that Natural Awakenings provides through their calendar of community events and the vast quality of articles that enhance our wellness through healing, nutrition and other aspects of our daily living.

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Organically Twisted Food Truck and Food & Thought.

How do you invest in your community? By buying locally and promoting sustainability as much as possible.

Favorite quote: “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”—Herman Melville

What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? Promoting and living sustainably and loving in oneness as much as I can in every moment.

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