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India Currents gave me a voice in days I was very lost. Having my articles selected for publishing was very validating – Shailaja Dixit, Executive Director, Narika, Fremont


I remember holding on to those words as I sat on the flight without knowing anybody in the country I would be living in for six months.

The words have served me since—in the back seat of a jeep that seemed to fly off the road in India, or when I was walking home alone at night and dark figures seemed to be everywhere.

When my friends ask me, “How are you not freaking out right now?” during exams or adventures gone wrong, I have nothing to credit but the practice that has helped me return to the most natural action I can do.

As I start my new life beyond the house where I grew up and beyond college in Florida, I run into uncertainties every second. I think about career, friends, boyfriends, and finances. I send out applications and story ideas and wonder where I will be in a year, or even in six months.

Then I roll out my pink yoga mat and tuck my legs underneath me. I extend my legs and lower my heels to the ground. I breathe so I can hear and feel it expand at my core.

And for a second I have nothing to think about, and nothing to know. It’s just my most faithful companion and me.

Ankita Rao is a recent journalism graduate working in Washington D.C.