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.
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!
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.
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:
Master of Arts in International Development from American University.
Juris Doctor from American University.
Coursework in Nutrition – Berkley Extension School, Coursera, Self-study
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