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It is not an overstatement to say that yoga saved me from a life of quiet desperation. I was raised to study hard and achieve academic success. In college I majored in finance and then, while still in my 20’s, I became a lawyer and started a family.
By the year 2000, I was struggling to find meaning and purpose in my life.
A life-long interest in dance eventually led me to yoga, where I discovered the power of integrating mind, body and spirit. The practice of yoga awakened me to my essential self, and I found that I really liked this self!
In 2004 I received Yoga Alliance teacher certification and soon thereafter began apprenticing with my teacher and mentor, Gabriel Halpern, founder and former director of the Yoga Circle in Chicago. For the past 13 years, Gabriel’s masterful example in teaching yoga and in building an extraordinary spiritual community has informed and shaped my development as a teacher, parent, healer and friend.
September 1, 2018 marked the launch of what I call a “leap year” for myself.
This had been brewing within me for awhile, beginning in 2016 when I spent a week at an art workshop in Carmel Valley, California. Being there, I had a deep feeling that California is where I belong. I’ve chosen to spend as much time as possible for the next year in different parts of California. I’m allowing myself the time and space to explore without making any big decisions about where I will end up.