DandeLyon Love Foundation
(Formerly The Shiney Foundation)
The Story Behind The Foundation
DandeLyon was raised by a vivid red-headed Irish-Montana woman, and an eccentric entrepreneur and musician just outside of Glacier National Park in the Rocky Mountains with her younger sister and brother on an intergenerational family ranch. She preferred horses vs. bicycles and the freedom to dance vs. the containment of rules.
DandeLyon left the small NW Montana mountain town immediately after high school, landing in Portland OR. In her early 20’s she had her first child, (now 26) who she raised as a single mom until he was 12. DandeLyon moved and shifted through her 20’s and early 30’s, working, attending University, and traveling.
In 2004 she moved to Fort Scott, KS and married the father of her second child. There, single handedly she created a small equine breeding empire, selling her specialized reining horses around the world. Her devotion to the business allowed her to be present in the grace and beauty of her animals for most of the day. Her success was attributed to the emotional connections she had with both her stallion and her mares. She wrote about these relationships and connections on one her stallion’s FaceBook pages. Her words and photographs created a FB following of over 600,000 people and later became a book.
On July 14, 2014 DandeLyon, seven days after publishing her book, had a massive hemorrhagic stroke and was life-flighted to Kansas City. The bleed lasted for 7 hours and her family flew in to say their good-byes.
During the death experience and coma that followed, DandeLyon experienced the universal energy and beauty that she still longs for today.
She attributes the return from death to the energy created by the hospital workers placing her daughter in the bed with her as she began to pass.
Wakening to complete bi-lateral paralysis, unable to think coherently, move, speak, produce hormones, regulate cold/hot, and all the other effects from a massive brain bleed, she began her new life. Her mother, refusing to let the doctors give her anti-depressants, because “being a victim of stoke is f**king depressing and she will need to feel it to heal”, took charge of her care-giving.
For a year DandeLyon focused on her return to health through meditation, nutrition, and love. She refused the in-clinic treatment and sought her own path. She found balance and healing with a yoga practice in town led by a White Lotus trained yogini. She began well before she could maintain weight on her right side.
In November 2015 DandeLyon began collaborating with her business partner (and now life partner) on The Shiney project, and in March 2016, 20 months post stroke, she gained her Registered Yoga Teacher 200 certification from the prestigious White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara with Guru Ganga White.
Shortly after, DandeLyon began canvasing the Fort Scott Kansas area looking to purchase a suitable space to open a Yoga Studio and Wellness Center. On her first visit to an abandoned 1905 simple gothic church and parish house, she stood in the middle of the sanctuary; the epic architecture, breathtakingly beautiful stain glass windows and the calm feeling of the sanctuary spoke to her. “This place is a place for healing and sharing, built with care
& craftsmanship, steeped with love & hope from 100 years of prayer and worship.” And the next chapter began.
The studio theme was The Art of Mindful Living! Countless hours were spent rubbing oil into the wood floors and ornate wood work, cleaning and caring for the 1908 Pfeffer Organ and the priceless stained glass windows and little by little it came back to life. She repurposed furniture from the Parish House for the The Shiney Studios to reflect the age and wisdom that the building possessed. It was a mirror of her own life and healing. The Shiney, named for her stallion Twice As Shiney, tells part of her story.
DandeLyon is still healing from her stoke and is the epitome of anti-fragile, more than a survivor, where catastrophic trauma has made her cellular genetics heal stronger. Micro-evolutionary, leaving her with unending reservoirs of compassion, non-judgement, and love.
She and her partner created The Shiney Foundation in 2016 (now DandeLyon Love Foundation), providing access to yoga, meditation & equine therapy to those with PTSD, or survivors of traumatic brain injuries or female survivors of abuse.
Now spending her time between Texas, Montana and Bali, she is an artist with a camera, a magical writer, a beautiful yogini, a devoted mother, and a lover of people. She fills the room with her energy and the world with her love. It is no accident that DandeLyon.Love has become her next big project and the DandeLyon Love Foundation her next big passion.
Donations over $75 will receive a tax exemption letter from the DandeLyon Love 501(c)(3).
Traumatic Brian Injury
1.7 million people sustain a brain injury every year. 5.3 million Americans—a little more than 2% of the U.S. population—currently live with disabilities that resulted from brain injury. Fewer than 1 in 20 people with traumatic brain injury will receive the rehabilitation they need. TBI is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults.TBI is the 4th leading cause of death overall. (texasbia.org)
Female Survivors of Abuse
On average, 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in the United States, and 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner. 66 percent of female stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner. 1 in 4 women are sexually abused in their lifetime and only 28 percent of victims report their sexual assault to the police. (centerforfamilyjustice.org)
Trauma ~ (PTSD)
20% of American develop post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD in their lifetime. An estimated 5% of Americans—more than 13 million people—have PTSD at any given time. Approximately 8 percent of all adults—1 of 13 people will develop PTSD during their lifetime. An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives. Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. (sidran.org)
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