“I let my light shine, totally blind to ‘above or below.’ In my presence, no one will languish in darkness.” ~ Dharma code
Molly Lannon Kenny has been on the path to fulfilling her dharma since her earliest memories. As a child, her parents would frequently take her and her brothers and sisters to the bookstore and let them wander for hours, lost in the magic of words and pictures. Molly often found herself sitting cross legged, flipping through BKS Iyengar’s “Light on Yoga,” intrigued and entranced by the photos and the mystery behind them. As a child, she was both physical and flexible, and often heard “you should do yoga!” from the adults around her, although it had very little meaning to her, but in fact, was most likely what sent her to the Yoga section of the bookstore in the seventies, long before Yoga was so widely accepted and practiced in the United States.
She was also a great mimic, able to recreate the voices, mannerisms and cadences of just about anybody she met. She would entertain her family by embodying these different personalities and her parents always thought she might be an actor. This ability later revealed itself to be Molly’s ability to align herself with all kinds of people, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” or to have a felt sense of what it would be like to be that person. This ability led, or was driven by, a deep sense of compassion for all beings, a love of humanity in all of its manifestations, a respect for all beings irrespective of their “station” in life, and a profound desire to protect, help and advocate for, those who could not speak and stand up for themselves. As a young girl, she would find herself deeply distraught at the suffering of others, and knew she would engage in a profession that combined social justice and advocacy with direct care for those in need.
Life brought her many opportunities to share her fire and to realize her dream, but it was only when she discovered Yoga as a practice, rather than an odd set of circus tricks, did her specific path become clear to her. Molly has been teaching Yoga to all levels of practitioners for over ten years, and has worked tirelessly to create outreach programs to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience joy and contentment through the timeless teachings of Yoga.
In 2001, she founded The Samarya Center for Humankind (ness), a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to individual transformation and radical social change. She created, published and trademarked a unique therapy method, Integrated Movement Therapy, built on these same principles of acceptance and inclusion. She has written and taught extensively on the topics of Yoga as Therapy and Yoga as a means to individual and social change, and is widely known as a vibrant, funny, accessible teacher, with a heart of gold and a spirit of fire.