"The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away."
After a couple years of practicing with various yoga teachers and styles, I did yoga teachers training through Integral Yoga Institute, in NYC, followed by advanced training in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to teach at IYI for a decade, along with bringing classes into two NYC women’s prisons, hospitals for people recovering from cancer, schools where I developed and taught Kid’s Yoga programs, rehabs and recovery houses, private clients, and eventually opening my own studio in Montclair, NJ, where I taught yoga-meditation classes, offered health and wellness workshops, cooking classes, teen-gals wellness circles and counseled private clients.
Beginning recovery in NYC in the early 80’s, I was acutely aware of the devastating numbers of drug users being diagnosed with HIV. I couldn’t change my alcohol and drug past, but along with lifestyle changes, including daily yoga and meditation practice, I could also change my diet to an immune boosting one. I studied Macrobiotics, learned the powerful relationship between food and health, changed my diet, and had a deeper understanding of the body-mind-spirit connection. This lead to managing "Angelica Kitchen", one of the first vegan restaurants in Manhattan, which served the East Village for 40 years.
After giving birth to my three daughters, I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. It was through this school I learned to combine my knowledge, experience, and interests to create my business Balanced Wellness, as well as have the life-changing opportunity to travel to India for the first time.
I instantly felt a deep connection with Mother India, her extremes, paradox, and ancient spirituality. After attending AA meetings in Pune, I was inspired to initiate the first women’s meeting there and had the opportunity to do AA service work on a national level. For the next few years I was invited back to India as a retreat leader for IIN. When my young-adult daughters were ‘launched’ in 2010, I made the decision to move to Pune. What a rich experience it was to be fully immersed in this remarkable country and culture. I used this opportunity to deepen my own continuing practice, along with an involvement working with rural women to be self-supporting and traveling through much of the country. I also experienced my first 10-day silent Vipassana course, took a year-long graduate course in Applied Mahayana Buddhist Psychology and Ethics, at University of Pune with Asha Pillai, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, taught workshops at a local mindfulness center and developed and co-lead inner journey retreats for small groups of American women for four years.
In the spring of 2016, I moved back to New York City with the intention to offer what I’ve experienced and learned through my life-journey. Since returning, I have been certified as an Interventionist and Recovery Coach to help individuals and families in the recovery process.
Life continues to be an expansive and ever-evolving adventure. I’m grateful to have the knowledge, background and experience to guide, support and empower you in the areas of your life you are experiencing pain, imbalance, and suffering, or are simply in need of a new direction.
I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Over the years I’ve studied with and been influenced by incredible teachers including:
Bill Wilson & Dr. Bob, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Ashokananda, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ram Dass, Gary Kraftsow, Ohashi, Joshua Rosenthal, Paul Pitchford, Dr. Mark Furman, Marc David, and his Psychology of Eating Course, Dolano, Osho, Gangaji, Byron Katie, J. Krishnamurti, Jon Kabit-Zinn, Tara Brach, Mark Epstein, S.N. Goenka, Deepak Chopra, Joan Borysenko, Shakti Gawain, Adyashanti, Toni Packer, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron.