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I “walk the walk” by being authentic to who I am, what I believe and how I act.
I am an impassioned teacher of living your best life, mindful movement, plant-passionate living, health, happiness and spirituality. I am a supportive, loving mom of two teenagers, a less than perfect wife of twenty-two years and a mentor to our next generation of teachers. I’ve been called a disciplined yogi, lousy vegan, a personal development junkie and an ardent but inspiring teacher that uses love and compassion to convey a message. I suppose what I’m most passionate about is my commitment to a global wellness revolution through how we move, how we eat and how we think.
I am the producer, choreographer and talent of over ten DVDs. I am an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor of products and services that are good for our health and for the planet.
I am passionate about helping others. I share my education and experience around the world. After over thirty years of teaching, I have adopted a more balanced approach of self-acceptance and moderation compared to my earlier years of competition, drive and ambition.
I am a voracious consumer and passionate teacher of wellness issues. I am dedicated to continually expanding my knowledge around a gamut of food-and health-related issues. I’ve coached many organizations and individuals to greater health via dietary changes, mindful movement and connecting to spirit. The right balance of mind, body and spirit supports living your best life.
I believe that fitness is more than a downward dog or a treadmill. Healing the body but neglecting our mind and spirit doesn’t serve the whole person.
I believe my teaching doesn’t stop at the end of a class. I believe technology helps everyone have access to knowledgeable, inspiring teachers. This includes school children, the poor, the hospital- or home-bound ill, and the elderly.
I believe in promoting a lifestyle of long-term health. Health is not defined by the number of hours you workout or the amount of calories you eat, but by the joy and fullness of your life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I believe that all people should have access to fresh, delicious, nutrient dense, affordable food. I believe humans should eat a heavily plant-based diet, an intention that would serve the planet and its inhabitants well, though I do not believe that a vegan lifestyle is necessarily the best choice for everyone. I believe in the healing power of good food. I eat a plant-based diet with a penchant for local, seasonal, ecologically-grown food. On occasion I enjoy sustainably raised fish, eggs from a friend’s backyard hens, and local honey. I am not necessarily against eating some meat; I am decidedly against the current industrial farming model and its implications.
I believe in giving back and making a difference. It is not just a good thing to help those during challenging times it gives meaning to our lives and makes the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves.
I’ve aligned my expertise and resources with businesses that give access to top trainers and lifestyle practices to a global market, those offering “the greatest good for the greatest number.” (This quote from Theodore Roosevelt, speaking of the US
National Parks, is quite apt for our wellness revolution.)
I create dynamic digital programs that allow me to virtually mentor others helping them become CEO’s of their own health and living their best life. I inspire countless people to take charge of their health and happiness by moving intelligently, adopting a plant-passionate diet, improving lifestyle practices, and learning to live and love like you really mean it.
I have a daily practice of yoga and meditation.
Since choosing a vegetarian lifestyle at age fifteen, I address my concerns primarily with my fork and my wallet. Leading by example, I support a largely unprocessed, plant-based diet that doesn’t fleece the pockets of the companies harming animals, the environment, or our health. As a partner and advisor to Beaming Wellness we’ve created a brand that makes healthy and vegan delicious for the entire family. We support our customer’s journey towards long-term health by always teaching and educating through our blogs, classes and retail store experience. Our menu includes the health benefits of each of our juices and smoothies always teaching the “WHY” behind each of our items.
Education and activism are key ingredients to advancing the wellness revolution. I’ve pursued my own education by ravenously reading industry books and articles, by writing for these same industry periodicals as well as publishing my own book. I’ve taught thousands of students, as well as trained and certified hundreds of teachers. By presenting at industry conferences and teaching in the Kinesiology Department at the College level, I formalize my passion of inspiring our next generation of wellness leaders. I am a presenter and volunteer with organizations supporting good health as a path to a better world. As a signature presenter for Yoga For Hope, I’ve been a top fundraiser in my efforts to expand awareness of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection. By teaching mindful movement, meditation and maximum nourishment during the healing process of life threatening illness we’ve helped thousands realize that we cannot destroy the spirit in the process of healing the body.