Author & Yoga Instructor
I have an MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from Emerson College. I have had one novel published in 2011 and a second one completed. My love for my own yoga practice brought me to a teacher training, which quickly turned into a second career. I currently teach for Equinox, Pure Yoga as a private yoga instructor, Sacred Sounds Yoga, and New York Loves Yoga as a group yoga teacher. I am also finishing up to be certified as a Yoga Therapist under IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).
Like most women my age, I wear many hats in my personal and professional life—Wife, mother, daughter, foodie, traveler, published novelist, yoga teacher/yoga therapist. In each role I bring confidence borne from experience, humility in the knowledge of how much there is still to learn and to do, empathy for others since I have had my share of challenges, passion to be fully present in each aspect of my life, joy for all of life’s idiosyncrasies, curiosity for all that is still mysterious, and a determination to keep on pushing forward even when facing the greatest headwind.
My Daily Thoughts:
Goal of the Day: To be fully present in each moment.
Thought of the Day: To approach each moment, even if challenging, with an open mind.
Action of the Day: To breathe as I move, to find a little stillness in the mind even as the body moves, and to find stillness in the body even if the mind is still moving.
Deed of the Day: To show up for each of my students and clients.
Tip of the Day: To let go of the failures, hold fast to the tiny moments of success.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love the diversity of this city. In any given day I can meet a person from any part of the world, each individual with their own unique story of how they ended up here.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
My go to breakfast is eggs of any variety. My favorite breakfast restaurant is Le Pain Quotidienne.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I usually start the day with my morning meditation
10:00 AM – I am usually teaching either a group class or seeing a private client.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? —My favorite lunch is to eat with whatever current book I am reading. My favorite meal is usually sushi or a salad.
7:00 PM – If I am not teaching in the evening, I like to eat dinner with my family. We spend the meal catching each other up on the day. We will rate our days to one another.
11:00 PM – I am in bed most nights by 9:30 as I start my day so early.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? During the day I drink mostly water. At the end of the day I like to have a glass or two of a very good red wine, preferably a Bourdeaux or a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?—Most used App at this moment is Instagram. My favorite account on Instagram is noodleworship. Gorgeous photos of food.
What should everyone try at least once?
To travel to a foreign country alone, absolutely alone with no agenda.
Where do you enjoy getting lost? I love getting lost in any book. Second best place to get lost are in the streets of Paris.
My Native AdVice:
How did you get into the industry?
I write because I love reading, hearing, and creating stories. I teach yoga because I believe that the mat gives each of us an opportunity to rewrite, rediscover, and reimagine the endless stories within each of us.
Career advice to those in your industry?
I say prepare, prepare, prepare, and prepare some more to the fullest of your ability. Preparation is what gives you real confidence in your abilities that go beyond proving something to others. It is when you know you are truly ready that any opportunities presented can be met without self-doubt or self-sabotage.
Any emerging industry trends?
With the entire world focused on how to help people deal with life’s stresses as more research reveals the real health consequences of stress, the wellness industry will only continue to be an important engine in our economy. The yoga industry is estimated to earn over 11 billion dollars by 2020. As more people from the medical field and health industry turn to yoga as an alternative treatment for their patients and clients, there will be a greater need for yoga to not be seen as simply another form of exercise. I believe yoga therapy and the need for certified yoga therapists will become another huge part of the industry’s trend.
Ideal experience for a customer/client?
I know I’ve done my job if I am able to provide each client/student with an hour of being completely connected to their bodies, being at ease in their minds, being energized by breathing properly, and connecting to some aspect of their true nature/spirit.
How do you motivate others?
I believe in meeting each student or client where they are at that moment, which means many different things on any given day. Some people need to feel as though they’ve had a real work out, others need something more subtle, and for some they just need to be at a place where they feel seen and heard. In each of these instances, it is my job to be able to assess their need without them expressing it directly and then to provide them with an experience to meet those needs. I know I’ve done my job when I ask how they are feeling at the end and they tell me great.
My Native AdVantage:
What are my aspirations?
A personal and business goal is to continue to write books, even as I continue to see my yoga business grow. I guess that is my way of saying how I need to maintain a balance between the two careers.
My Biggest Success?
My greatest accomplishment is seeing my 16 year old son figuring his own place in the world.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Like any person I’ve had many challenging moments both personally and professionally when I didn’t know if I could face another day. As gut wrenching and difficult as each of those moments were, finding it within me to get up and to face what was in front is what has contributed to any of my successes. Grit is now a word in our zeitgeist, which is what I guess I had to draw upon to stand up and to move forward.
Om Namah Shivaya is a mantra that I am using as part of my personal 40 day meditation practice. The use of this mantra during meditation helps realize the inner Self and possesses the qualities of prayer, divine love, grace, truth, and blissfulness.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Personally my role model is my mother, who embodies all the qualities of grace, humor, generosity, love, humility, humanity, and joie de vivre that I try to draw upon in each area of my life.
What Else to Know?
I am hosting a yoga retreat to the Amalfi Coast this September. Upcoming workshops will be forthcoming, as well as the release of the next novel.