Business/intellectual property attorney turned family wellness entrepreneur. After nearly 8 years of private practice in LA, I was ready for a professional change. Eager to contribute both creatively, and strategically, to the development of something, I began to explore various in-house counsel opportunities. With a baby at home (well, actually, at daycare), I realized the increasing importance of being passionate about my work because my time had suddenly become so much more precious. After personal struggles with infertility + transitioning back into the workplace, I craved a place where I could connect with other moms facing similar challenges while also spending time with my daughter. A place where we could exercise our bodies + nurture our minds. A place that was close to home + accessible to full-time working moms. This place simply didn’t exist in our local community...and so it became my dream to create it.
Actress turned yoga instructor turned business owner. My 20’s were spent performing in musical theater shows + tours across the country. As I approached 30, I visited LA - certain I wouldn’t like it + would quickly find myself back in the arms of my beloved, NYC. Well, let’s just say I never left. I quickly found myself pursuing film/tv + although making strides, I wasn’t fulfilled. I suddenly realized I didn’t want to be a nanny to make ends meet outside of casting calls...not because I didn’t love children but because I LOVED children + I was desperately in tune with the tick tock of my own clock. And so, I began teaching kids yoga classes (+ kids musical theater). Within months, I was teaching full time + never returned another call from my agent. In the meantime, I immersed myself in yoga trainings, in 2007, I ‘birthed’ UPDOGdowndogYOGA - Yoga for the Kid in All of Us, soon after I met my husband, Sidd, + finally fulfilled my dream of motherhood with the birth of my son, Hawk Bodhi, in 2014. Since then, I've been teaching nearly 500 kids/ week my highly original kids yoga program, UPDOGdowndogYOGA, as well as countless pre/post natal yoga + hatha-based adult yoga classes; teaching feels like home to me + there’s no better way to ‘hold a room’ than by bringing wellness of mind, body and spirit to children + adults alike. Now, my 40’s bring me to another birth – happy baby! For a long time I’ve envisioned a place that focuses on yoga + wellness for the entire family + also creates a community of support. I see that in happy baby! I'm so excited to continue to nurture, grow + love this community!