Creating space was never easy for me. I’ve always been enthusiastic about life and people and all of the things that are constantly unfolding around me … and I genuinely want to be a part of it all. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been busy.
I’m social by nature and a people-pleaser, so I often say “yes” when things are offered. But I am also fiercely responsible, which means I never back out of plans. The combination of these things has always left me with a full calendar … Mainly of things I’m excited to do, but historically, there has been little time for space between moments.
For the last 15 years, I’ve felt I have had two lives, in a sense. I’ve worked far beyond a full-time schedule in the corporate world, managing a team of writers and editors (life #1.) I also practice and teach yoga and meditation, and am a songwriter. Let’s group these together to represent life #2.
I think many people from my first life have trouble connecting to my second, because it just seems so foreign. And I think even more people from my second life have trouble connecting to my first, because it seems impossible. But I’ve made it work for nearly a decade and don’t plan to stop. There are components of my spiritual side that really compliment my business mode. And there are pieces of my work life that come in handy when I’m teaching yoga and meditation. I strive to integrate the two as best I can.
In an effort to bring the teachings of mindfulness to Type As in an accessible way, I released my first book in January 2016, The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People. You can download it through Amazon.
I did my yoga teacher training in 2011 without any intention of teaching. I had been practicing yoga regularly since 2004 and wanted to learn more about the practice that had become so integral to my life. It didn’t take long before I knew I wanted to share the gift with others. I also completed a meditation teacher training in 2015.
My personal yoga, pranayama and meditation practice evolves every day, taking bits and pieces from books I read, lectures, classes and workshops I attend, and epiphanies that strike me during random moments of silence. I take inspiration from my own practice and life experiences to lead the classes I teach.
My yoga classes are built around spiritual or intellectual, thought-provoking themes to encourage a state of awareness. I teach Vinyasa classes to a wonderful community of dedicated yogis at my favorite studio in San Diego; I teach meditation, guided breathwork and yoga to kids and families in the oncology ward at Rady’s Children’s Hospital; and I teach worker-bees in the corporate world. It’s a fun challenge for me to find the right way to explain mindfulness and spiritual concepts to such different types of people.
Meeting students where they are, and finding the right way to reach people and connect with them—so they can understand, relate, and benefit—is my favorite part of teaching.
The biggest advantage I think I have from my “double life” is that I understand what’s it’s like to have a serious career and still have time to find mindful moments and deep breaths. I’m no expert on the subject, but I’m carefully picking up the pieces of information I need to continue on my own mindful path, and I’d love to share what I learn along the way.
I hope to convince you of the possibilities and benefits of a consistent practice, and inspire you to find some form of a mindfulness practice that works for you.
To listen to some of the music I’ve written and recorded, visit my music page.