The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches

The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches

by Saeeda Hafiz


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In this memoir of upward mobility through an unexpected route, a young black American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child.

Graduating, getting established in your career, and dating another professional are things many young middle-class women expect to do and take for granted. But when your parents don't support you and you have siblings in prison, those milestones seem monumental. What does growing up poor do to your self-esteem? How do patterns of stress and family violence, poor diet and poor health continue to affect you even after you escape to a higher income bracket? And what can one woman do to turn around the cycle of racism, poverty, and intergenerational suffering? Hafiz gives a frank account of the anxiety and rewards of becoming "middle class" through a complete change of diet and adopting habits such as traveling and doing yoga. While her peers pursue one kind of African American dream by climbing the corporate ladder, Hafiz finds meaning in learning to cook macrobiotic food and practice meditation. By doing so, she recovers from chronic health conditions and heals from the family trauma she has inherited.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946764041
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 794,164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Saeeda Hafiz is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. She spent her twenties working in management, believing mainstream success was her key out. After discovering the power of yoga to transform, she took a leap of faith to train to become a yoga teacher and wellness expert. She studied yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and Ashrams and holistic nutrition at Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and keeps a busy schedule as a yoga teacher and speaker. For the past twenty years she has held leadership positions in the YMCA, the San Francisco Unified School District, and other organizations to bring a more holistic understanding of physical and mental wellness to a diverse population.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

1 Pittsburgh, Winter 1990 1

2 Cooking with Gia 11

3 Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Grass Valley 25

4 Ben and Frederick and the Shadow Side 38

5 Rahima 52

6 Ted and The Bank 58

7 Grandfather 65

8 Yoga, Upstate New York 72

Hot-lanta 82

10 Abundance and Its Opposite 100

11 Istanbul, Budapest, Cyprus 119

12 Mother 130

13 Friendship 147

14 Daniel and Aaliyah 160

15 Expanding the Circle 168

16 Samir 178

17 Pittsburgh, Late Summer 1999 192

18 I Love You 208

19 Oakland and San Francisco 231

20 Sahyadri Mountain, Kerala, India 242

Epilogue 250

Yin Si Yang Charts 252

Healing Recipes 255

References 265

Acknowledgments 267

About the Author 270

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