Let Your Light Shine: How Mindfulness Can Empower Children and Rebuild Communities

This story of three men's work helping traumatized kids in one of America’s most underserved cities
reveals how mindfulness tools can help children and communities not only survive but thrive.


About the Authors


Ali Smith


Atman Smith


Andres Gonzalez

Ali Smith is co-founder and Executive Director of The Holistic Life Foundation. Ali was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he is a graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a BS in Environmental Science and Policy. He is a pioneer in the fields of yoga and mindfulness in education, as well as trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness. Ali has taught in seven countries on three continents.

Co-Founder of HLF Atman Smith is a native of Baltimore. Atman attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Co-founder of HLF Andres Gonzalez is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, maintains a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College, and has over 20 years of experience providing yoga and mindfulness to populations all over the world.

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In this inspiring book, founders of The Holistic Life Foundation Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez describe how they have spent the past twenty years teaching yoga, meditation, and breathwork to thousands of at-risk kids in Baltimore schools helping them to develop deep reserves of patience, empathy, resolve, and—when needed—the righteous anger that fuels deep structural change.

Their work has received wide national attention due to their remarkable results: The schools that have participated in their programs have seen suspension rates plummet and graduation rates go through the roof.

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PDF Infographic of "Eight Pillars of Conection for Kids and Communities"

Three guided audio mediations by the authors:

The Light Within Meditation

Reconnect to the Light of the Universe shining within you. Using the yogic technique pratyahara, learn to withdraw your senses from the outside world and experience the immense peace and goodness that’s already inside you.

Breath Meditation

Find your center, no matter where you are in your day. Breath meditation is a simple and powerful technique to bring you back to the present moment using the breath to gather your attention. Tune in and reclaim your cool, calm, and collected superpowers.

Lovingkindess Meditation

Tap into the vast power of the heart.
Lovingkindness meditation puts you in touch with your innate ability to be kind and caring to yourself, your community, and the planet. Learn how to harness the most powerful force in the  universe: love.

What Our Readers Are Saying

"These guys are my heroes. For years, they have brought meditation and yoga to the children of struggling communities in Baltimore — work that repeated rounds of scientific research have shown to be immensely beneficial. Now, in this book, they show you how to work with your own mind, with the minds of the kids in your life, and with a world that can be both beautiful and cruel. Check it out."
— Dan Harris
#1 New York Times bestselling author of 10% Happier

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