NOW: Co-Director, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy; Co-Owner, Yoga Shanti
THEN: High school gymnast
Forty years ago I was 18, just graduating from high school in Oakland, California and preparing to go to UC Davis. Gymnastics was my sport, and I wanted to continue it in college but not as a competitor. Once at UC Davis, I started taking ballet to deal with my two left feet and my chronic tightness. Fast forward to dropping out of the philosophy department to dance full-time at the Oakland Ballet. I danced professionally for eight years, including a year in Japan.
My bound-up body propelled me into yoga. The Yoga Room in Berkeley and the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco became my home. In 1987, I started the Piedmont Yoga Studio with Richard Rosen, Clare Finn, and Donna Fone, my ex-wife. I was in the 1989 and 1990 Yoga Journal calendar and Yoga Journal's videos from 1992 on.
In 2003, I fell in love with Colleen Saidman and moved to New York. Together with Donna Karan, we dreamed and created Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, which is the confluence of yoga, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition, and "bearing witness" from the Zen tradition. Along with Colleen's studio in the Hamptons, we co-own with three other partners Yoga Shanti New York and Yoga Shanti Westhampton Beach. With four gorgeous children, two out of college and two still in, we are teaching everywhere to make ends meet and because we are still so in love with the art of yoga and each other.
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