They say ‘we teach what we most need to learn’ and my work definitely began with trying to figure out how to alleviate my own suffering. In 1995 I was searching to find the truth of me and my place in the world. I dropped out of college and moved to a cabin with no plumbing in a redwood forest. I became passionate about holistic health and wellbeing. My love of nature deepened and I was introduced to yoga, meditation, and cooking with whole foods. After a profound six months, I returned home to attend massage therapy school and apprentice with a local ashtanga yoga teacher. Among other things, I discovered a love of anatomy and the workings of the body.
I spent over a decade studying with remarkable teachers and pouring my heart into my passion—from taking trainings to leading trainings, and filling my days with work I loved. Then, all that dreaming, striving, and attaining came to a halt when I hit a wall of chronic fatigue. My nervous system was dis-regulated and I was so tired I couldn’t make it through a day of work. I was dumbfounded. I ate organic foods, meditated without fail, practiced yoga, walked in the woods…wasn’t I doing everything right?
It was hard to accept, but I had to realize that the life I’d been leading wasn’t sustainable. So began the task of figuring out how to create a life I loved that was also sustainable.
It began with a pilgrimage to India (two actually!), then became a process of continual reflection and refinement that took time, a few injuries, and the unexpected death of my beloved father to make big shifts. Finally, I learned how to weed out what wasn’t truly important and meaningful to me, and to pour my heart into the rest.
Slowly I learned how to work smarter, not harder, how to reduce my hours to a more manageable rhythm, how to make more time for what matters most, and how to have healthier boundaries with my commitments, social life, and my screens.
Having a really consistent daily Ayurvedic self-care routine, plus a yoga and meditation practice of my own has made me even better at my work. When I’m working I’m fully present and my mission is really clear: to give people tools to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives so that the world is a better, kinder, and more compassionate place.