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Marianne Elliott is a writer, human rights advocate and yoga teacher. Trained as a lawyer, she helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and East Timor, was Policy Advisor for Oxfam, and spent two years in the Gaza Strip before going to Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations. In Afghanistan, Marianne decided stories were her weapon of choice, and yoga was her medicine. She created the '30 Days of Yoga' course, and wrote 'Zen Under Fire'.