Right around the time Steve Jobs told the 2005 graduating class at Stanford University to follow their hearts and intuition, I followed my heart straight into yoga teacher training...
and the voices of many others straight into law school. I convinced myself that I was following my inner voice wholeheartedly and living my passion and purpose everyday. However, in reality, it took me another ten years to realize that from childhood, I had been living two lives – the one I thought that I was supposed to live and the one that I truly dreamed of living!
I worked hard to be successful at both, becoming an elected-judge by age 30, while also working as an attorney and leading popular yoga classes, programs, and teacher-trainings. At the height of my insanity, I was commuting from Washington, DC to NY every other weekend to serve as the local justice and criminal court judge in my hometown on Monday night, waking up at 2:30 am Tuesday morning to drive to the airport and fly to DC, working all day as a Federal government ethics attorney, and THEN leading a three-hour yoga teacher training session that night….all before waking up at 4:50 am to hustle to teach my 6:00 am yoga sculpt class on Wednesday morning. As you can imagine, I was mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted.
Choosing to leave the comfort of my 9-5 has not been an easy decision. Thankfully, when I started the transition to living my purpose and passion “full-time,” I already had a lifetime of living them part-time – a lifetime of movement training, over a decade of yoga teaching experience, and many years of practicing clean eating and mindful movement there to support me. When I become overwhelmed with my decision to follow my heart (and believe me, I still do) and start to hear the voices of others in my head (things like: "you are a professional," "a lawyer can provide for her family, a yoga teacher, not so much," "yoga is a nice hobby," "is a little gluten really going to kill you???"), I come back to these healthy practices and, almost like magic, my internal voice begins to thrive, I feel light and free, and my direction becomes clear.
Do you ever feel like you are living someone else's life or just totally drained from moving in so many directions? Do you ever put your health on the back-burner until you are able to accomplish something else that is "more important?" Don’t wait another day to start tapping into your inner voice, discover your healthiest self, and begin living the life you were meant to live!
My health and wellness offerings are inspired by my own experiences and practices and world-class trainings I have completed, all of which continue to support me on my journey toward following my heart and intuition to live my deepest dreams. I offer to you what works for me (and unashamedly will let you know what didn’t) in hopes of empowering you to realize your happiest and healthiest life!
Listen to my story to better understand how my life led me to this passion and purpose:
How I developed my signature style of yoga and fitness
The Origins of my Yoga and Wellness Journey
I began my movement training at age three, when my mom signed me up for ballet class. After sticking my tongue out at the teacher a few too many times, I was forced into early retirement. At the more mature age of five, I returned to dance and have continued my movement training in one form or another ever since.
While I did not know it at the time, the intense workouts my gymnastics and ballet teachers demanded of me traced back to the practice of yoga; in high school, I dropped in on one of my teacher's yoga classes and realized the connection.
A college athlete, I continued to practice yoga as a means of winding down and stretching. I knew it made me feel good. Later, before attending law school, I signed up for my first yoga teacher training; it was there that I first realized that a regular practice not only made me more flexible, but also could transform how I handled life's challenges off the mat.
Admittedly, the nutrition piece of my holistic approach to health came a bit later. Though generally healthy, I had a nasty sweet tooth and affinity for pasta and bagels. This led to countless headaches and a general worn down and “fuzzy” feeling. At first, I chalked it up to family drama and the stress of completing a dual degree program in law and international politics. But when fatigue made me, usually a high-energy girl despite my busy schedule, so exhausted that on some days I just didn’t get out of bed, I desperately searched for a solution. I joined the gluten-free train in 2008. Doing so almost entirely wiped out my "symptoms" (even when I was simultaneously living my dual lawyer life) and compelled me to begin sharing my realization with others.
Education, Trainings, and Certifications
Years of ballet, jazz, and modern dance training and performances as well as a personal yoga practice.
Division I Athletics, Boston University
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Trinity College (CT).
Experienced Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer; highlights of my training include:
- 200-hour level training, Down Dog Yoga
- Week-long Intensives with Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rea
- Intensive training in the following CorePower Yoga formats: Yoga Sculpt, Hot Power Fusion, C1, C2, Bootcamp
- Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
- 300-hour level training, Spiritually Fly Yoga with Faith Hunter,
- Shakti-Inspired Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with April Puciata
- Power Yoga for Sports with Gwen Lawrence
Master of Arts in International Development from American University.
Juris Doctor from American University.
Coursework in Nutrition – Berkley Extension School, Coursera, Self-study