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Empowering the next generation of girls – one classroom at a time!

I am so thrilled to be able to share a project with you that has been over a year in the making!

Helping young women step into their power and embrace their unique gifts is a passion and mission of mine! This past school year, my twin sister Sarah and I collaborated on a pilot project with the staff and students of Nativity Miguel’s St. Monica’s Campus to share in a year-long Empowerment and Leadership program with their grade 7 girls.

This project is near and dear to both our hearts as we both keenly remember that vital time in our childhood. 7th grade was the time that I started to veer down a different path and venture into unknown territory, and somewhat unhealthy behavior. I had a hard time relating to my parents, people at school, and sometimes even my twin sister. It was a time when I could have used extra support, guidance, mentorship and a sense that even though I was exploring things that a lot of my peers weren’t exploring, that that was ok, that I was ok.

Sarah and I developed a program to give Saint Monica’s 7th grade girls the tools and space to discover who they are while receiving the support they need to become powerful and empowered young women. We taught mindfulness practices, body-centered awareness, verbalization and communication tools, journal writing, how to express yourself in healthy ways through movement and visual art forms, and several simple, but powerful tools they can carry with them into the world as they claim their power and chart their own journey and path!

We also worked with the 7th Grade girls’ teachers during a handful of workshops throughout the school year so that the work that we were doing with the girls could be experienced by the teachers themselves. It was a powerful year for all of us! And truly amazing to watch the girls and teachers open up and transform before our eyes.

Here is a short piece about our work with the 7th Grade girls and Teachers at Saint Monica’s. Sarah and I continue exploring different ways of bringing this to more schools and classrooms around the country and the world! If you are touched or inspired, please leave a comment and share this blog 🙂

Sarah and I work with both adult and youth. For more info on how to bring Sarah and I to your school, community center, or organization, please contact Sarah Haykel at sarah@sarahhaykel.com

Give thanks!!

Ever Wonder What It’s Like To Be A Twin?

Ever wonder what it’s like being a twin? Sarah and I are asked this question constantly, as people reply, “I always wanted to be a twin!” Here’s your chance to find out. As you probably know, I’m a twin. And not only that, my twin sistar Sarah and I are born during the astrological sign of Gemini, the Twins! Kinda cool, right?! Growing up with a twin sister has been incredibly amazing and also super challenging on many levels. Sarah and I have been going through a powerful transformational time over the last few years, reviewing our past, the old patterns and behaviors that come up between us, and choosing to learn new ways of being in this world in relationship to each other and ourselves. It’s been quite a ride to say the least! When an opportunity presented itself to collaborate with internationally renowned artist Ben Perrone utilizing his ‘Mirror Room’ to visually express our connection and life journey, we jumped on it in an excited effort to showcase a piece that represents a small, but powerfully intriguing view into what it’s like to be a twin. For twins that look alike, there is a constant, on-going comparison that … Continue reading

What is the power of a woman?

For any of you who have siblings, you might know the challenges that can come up about any number of different things, even for siblings who get along most of the time! There’s a long history, ups and downs, things that you may have thought don’t bother you anymore, but then your sibling does or says something and you get majorly triggered! I’m sooo excited and proud to say that my sis and I are navigating on big levels to heal the past so that we can do our greatest work together in the here and now! It’s not always blue skies.. sometimes the skies look quite dark, however we have both been building our self responsibility, compassion and forgiveness muscles as well as filling our tool kits and I’ve got to say.. issues that used to put us at odds for days or more we’re able to flip in a matter of hours, minutes or even seconds! Ohhhh… what a feelin’!! Over the last year my twin sistar Sarah and I have been diving into co~creative collaborations more and more. This has been a wild, wonderful, challenging, exciting, expansive, soul/heart/mind stretching experience for both of us! Check out this … Continue reading

We did it!!! 'Pleasant Surprises' is my day 7 song for The Haykel Twins 7 day song challenge!

YES!! We did it! I’m sooo thankful to have co-collaborated with my twin sistar Salsa Sarah & our friend & colleague Kathleen on this ahhhmazing Song Challenge adventure. Here is my song for the final day, day 7 of The Haykel Twins 7 day song challenge! Click here to listen to my song “Pleasant Surprises.” I’ve been receiving such pleasant surprises lately! It continues to completely amaze me when I open my heart, trust in the divine flow of the universe and say YES to the incredible magic, miracles and synchronicity that is available to each of us in every moment. The best thing about this, is that pleasant, magical, heart expanding surprises are available to each of us every day! The most important thing is to: Open up to receive them Acknowledge and celebrate them (the big and the small 😉 How does it feel when you receive pleasant surprises in your life? Share in the comments section below about a pleasant surprise you’ve experienced lately, and how you celebrated this surprise in your life! Big UP, Many Blessings, and stay TUNED for a more official song challenge in the next couple months. We’ll be inviting YOU to get on board … Continue reading

"Power of a Woman" is my day 6 song for The Haykel Twins 7 Day Song Challenge!

Here is my song for day 6 of The Haykel Twins 7 day song challenge! Click here to listen to my song “Power of a Woman.” This song came through me a few days ago as my sistar Sarah and I were practicing for our performance at the Women’s History Month kickoff event that happened last Friday! (Recording to be released soon!) What is the power of a woman? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Giving sooo much thanks for the opportunity to share with you here! And… I cannot WAIT to share my first ever solo recording project with you this spring! I’m currently working on a 6 song EP and it’s massive!!! *Stay tuned* Highly Bless, … Continue reading

"Stay Focused" is my day 5 song for The Haykel Twins 7 Day Song Challenge!

Here is my song for day 5 of The Haykel Twins 7 day song challenge! Click here to listen to my song “Stay Focused.” Here’s some encouragement for me and for you to stay focused!! You and I are amazing creative beings who are making a powerful impact on the world. We can do this best when we keep a focus on one. thing. at. a time. Good medicine in a busy, multi-tasking world. So let go of the illusion of overwhelm, get your focus on, and activate around your biggest dreams, making them realities!!! Be gentle on yourself and enjoy the benefits of this practice on the daily! What do you do to get focused? What really brings you into “the zone?” Please let me know in the comments below! And again, you can listen to “Stay Focused” by clicking here! Giving sooo much thanks for the opportunity to share with you here! And… I cannot WAIT to share my first ever solo recording project with you this spring! I’m currently working on a 6 song EP and it’s massive!!! *Stay tuned*   Bless & Empower, … Continue reading

"Yes I’m Ready" is my day 4 song for The Haykel Twins 7 Day Song Challenge!

Here is my song for day 4 of The Haykel Twins 7 day song challenge! Click here to listen to my song “Yes I’m Ready.” It’s time for me to let go of something I’ve been hanging onto for many years. Yes, I’m ready! Ready to step into who I be now and receive all the gifts life has for me. Ah.. this feels soo good! Listen to what came through me last night all about giving up the fantasy and embracing the reality and fullness of the now! What are you ready to let go of? What’s a way you’ll celebrate or honor your process of release? Please let me know in the comments below! And again, you can listen to “Yes I’m Ready” by clicking here! Giving sooo much thanks for the opportunity to share with you here! And… I cannot WAIT to share my first ever solo recording project with you this spring! I’m currently working on a 6 song EP and it’s massive!!! *Stay tuned* Highly Bless, … Continue reading

"I’m Sleepy" is my day 3 song for The Haykel Twins 7 Day Song Challenge!

Here is my song for day 3 of The Haykel Twins 7 day song challenge! Click here to listen to my song “I’m Sleepy.” Doing the song challenge is me choosing what’s in alignment with what I’m creating, a theme that is resonating with me so much lately! So even though I was just about to go to sleep, I honored my commitment to this awesome 7 Day Song Challenge! Bikram Yoga was good medicine yesterday.. clearing my mind & heart and moving out some heavy energy I was experiencing for a lot of the day. With this HOT practice, I was able to return this energy “to sender with consciousness attached.” Whew!! What are some practices you like to do when you’re in the illusion of confusion? What do they make you feel? What could you do more of to uplift your energy and be the blissful soul you be? Please let me know in the comments below! And again, you can listen to “I’m Sleepy” by clicking here! Giving sooo much thanks for the opportunity to share with you here! And… I cannot WAIT to share my first ever solo recording project with you this spring! I’m currently … Continue reading

The Haykel Twins 7 Day Song Challenge Day 1: Laura’s song Hey, Hey, Hey!!!

I’m super stoked to announce that my twin sistar Sarah, our friend & colleague Kathleen and I embarked on a 7 Day Song challenge which started yesterday, March 1st!! This is my first song challenge and it feels sooo good to be stepping into this.. and scary! As an emerging singer it took everything I had to muster the courage to start singing in front of people in my early 30’s. Now.. it feels both totally amazing and really scary to be opening up and sharing these freestyle flows that channel through me from source with, well… the world! If the term ‘Song Challenge’ is new for you.. allow me to share my twin sistar Sarah’s words here and bring you up to speed: A “Song Challenge” is an awesome opportunity for you and me to share our creative genius and channel the love-light vibrations that are constantly coming through us in song! Each human being is a unique channel for inspiration and energy coming from the Universe, or you may call it God/Goddess, JAH, Allah, Shiva, Krishna, Shakti, Great Creator, Creatress, etc., etc. Since we’re all unique, unique expressions of Source come through us! The “Song Challenge” is a … Continue reading

Our TEDx video has been released – WATCH it now!!!

If you love DANCE, MUSIC & CONSCIOUSNESS… We’d be honored for you to watch our 5 minute TEDx video! Share this video with those you know it will inspire. Transcript: Sarah: I am constantly expanding My container is huge In fact, it’s infinite The scientists call me “dark energy”. They cannot see or detect me, but they know I am here. Every part of me is essential to my being. I am Laura and Sarah: Sarah, Laura, Sarah, Laura, Sarah, Laura I am Laura And I am Sarah We are The Haykel Twins Laura: We were invented right here in Buffalo, NY Our Mother’s Family came from Eastern Europe And our Father’s, from the Middle East And somewhere along the lines of our ancestry on both sides of the family, there was a vision: to create a better future for the generations to come. Sarah: Much like the elusive dark energy that’s constantly expanding this great universe, there too is a life force energy moving through each one of us, moving us forward to Choose, Create and Live our best lives. Laura: Four days after our 16th birthday, I dropped out of school and left home. I felt trapped, like … Continue reading