4 Perfect Yoga Poses for the 4th of July

July 3, 2014 7:57 PM

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4 Perfect Yoga Poses for the 4th of July

The Fourth of July is always a very special day for my family. Of course, like other Americans we love to gather with each other to enjoy the summer and the day off. We love the picnics and the fireworks. But July 4th is also the day my grandparents and their children (my mother and aunt) came to the United States, 65 years ago on Independence Day. Fleeing communist Lithuania, the irony was never lost on my family. My grandparents, unlike many immigrants at the time, actually flew here from worn torn Europe. And we always hear our grandmother recount the story of how they were supposed to land in New York but the plane's engine failed so they made an emergency landing in rural Connecticut. As they were landing in the dark of night, with fireworks exploding all around them they weren't quite sure what to make of this new land they would come to call home. Where was the promise land of peace and tranquility?

Every year since 1949 my grandmother takes out her American flag and hangs it outside her humble home; grateful for the opportunities that living in a country with freedom at its core afforded her family. Although there were incredible difficulties during those initial years, and deep sadness over a...

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