A flyer for a reading and discussion of “Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave Is A Conversation Away” described Sahar Paz as “Iranian war survivor.”
While this is true of Sahar’s experience, it is not even close to something that defines her.[hr gap=””]
Despite her childhood being stifled by strict rules and plagued with bomb showers, she stationed herself in Houston on the frontlines of a different battle. Loudly and courageously, Sahar fights the negative ideas indoctrinated in women by society to have about themselves. She is using her unique book and her impressive yogi skills to train an army of “Sheroes,” Sahar’s name for all of her fellow empowered women.
Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave Is A Conversation Away is a masterpiece in itself. The writing style is ever evolving, just as Sahar hopes each reader’s view of themselves will be throughout the book. The first two chapters speak about life in Iran and emigration, followed by nine creative stories drawn from crucial moments in her life. Each chapter ends with an interactive guide aimed to help women of all ages find their voices, feel confident about their voices, and know how to use their voices.
Sahar’s perfect mix of profound storytelling, personable dialogue and feel-good fitness is a true art form. She offers frequent book clubs, yoga classes, discussion groups and empowerment workshops. They are all easily accessible, and so is she! Sahar is always down to have a grab a bite to eat or have a couple drinks with a Shero. On one coffee date, this is what she had to say about her work.
- What drew you towards writing and yoga? Was it your initial goal to use those art forms as outreach, or did it start as something else?
“I was shushed as a young girl. Writing was the only way I could release my thoughts, emotions, opinions, and find some sort of identity. Yoga was introduced to me in the first psych ward I was admitted to after my third suicide attempt when I was 25; I didn’t care for it that much. At the age of 33 when I experienced my second burnout, I was forced to go to another class, which changed everything. My mind, always full, analyzing and looking for peace or joy, was finally able to rest. To be quiet for mini-moments, and from that I was able to get a better grasp of my internal turmoil. It became manageable once I quieted my mind by matching my breath to my movement. My goal was to heal myself. My goal was to figure out how I could give without burning out. The art forms that saved me are now what I share with others in hopes of helping them find harmony with their emotions and all that society expects of them.”
- What has been the most surprising response you’ve gotten to your work?
“You changed my life.”
- Where do you see your work in 5 years?
“I see my methods of writing, yoga and conversation becoming an online university and I see myself as an ambassador to the United Nations.”
Houston ladies, you are all in very good company.
Follow Sahar’s journey and stay updated on her events on her Facebook page here.