Ali Smith

Today, Ali Smith tell us how about his journey to find purpose as the smoothest yoga teacher you’ve ever seen. With his brother Atman and their friend Andy their Holistic Life Foundation is using yoga and mindfulness change lives in drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, alternative high schools in Baltimore and soon all over the US.

Below is a summary of his interview:


“You can either really hard for someone else and make them real wealthy or you can work for yourself” – Ali’s dad

The Journey

Ali talks about growing in a home where he learned and practiced yoga in the 1980s and how it propelled him to use yoga with urban youth.

Low Point

Ali discusses the rejection he experienced starting Holistic Life Foundation

Aha Moment

Students that Ali started with in 5th grade are now starting to teach yoga and mindfulness classes for Holistic Life Foundation.

His work now  

We go into how Holistic Life Foundation is providing yoga and mindfulness programs to the inner city of Baltimore. Ali tells an incredible story of how urban youth in his program are unable to self regulate without drugs.

What’s exciting Ali now

Holistic Life Foundation is looking for other cities to spread their program.

Lightning Round

Book Ali Recommends:

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life

What’s Your Purpose: “Spread love and help other people spread love”

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Where to follow Ali

Holistic Life Foundation Website

Twitter: @HLFINC

Let Ali how how much you enjoyed this interview.

Parting Words

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love yourself. Once you find inner love everything will spread the love around you.



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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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