Through 2014, I’m working on a book about how yoga can shake up and transform people’s lives, prompting them to switch careers, venture to far-flung places, accomplish the unthinkable—and interpret this ancient practice in new ways. If yoga has helped you meet your life partner, overcome an illness, and wow yourself—or the world—in some exciting way, please give me a shout! If you have questions about the book, know practitioners/experts who I should feature in the text, or want more info, please email me at Thanks!

My first childhood memory is of doing yoga poses or asanas on a gold shag rug with my pregnant mother before she gave birth to my middle sister, Bridget. My mother flopped into a full forward bend. I giggled, then did the same.

Since rediscovering yoga at Trinity College in Dublin 20 years ago—and since falling in love again with the serenity, serendipity, and stress release that yoga can bring—I’ve moved to New York City; become a yoga instructor; and plunged into teaching classes to regular students at studios here and also to prison inmates at Bayview Correctional Facility and Edgecombe Correctional Facility.

My basic certification (which I earned in April 2000) is from the Integral Yoga Institute, which opened its doors in 1966 and is the oldest yoga center in New York City. Integral’s founder was Sri Swami Satchidananda (pictured below), who is famous for giving the invocation that launched the Woodstock Music Festival; for laughing to himself when no one seemed to be listening; for loving and accepting people despite their all-too-human flaws; and for teaching that the key to happiness is working to lead an “easeful, peaceful, useful life.”

After 9/11, I launched and taught “Om Sweet Om” community yoga classes for four years at
Columbia University (where I went to graduate school); Union Theological Seminary (where I lived briefly with some delightful German socialists); and the Riverside Church (where the
views of the Hudson River at sunset are nothing short of stunning).

I also helped launch Yoga For Peace, which commemorates the 9/11 attacks and raises money for global anti-war initiatives. Yoga For Peace has since become part of the Global Mala Project, which sponsors the performance of a yoga mala (108 sun salutations) at more than 300 sites across the world every year.

I write frequently for Yoga Journal and am working on book about how yoga can help people rise above–and thrive despite–life’s challenges.

My favorite New York City yoga studios include Om Factory, Integral Yoga, the World Yoga Center, Golden Bridge, and Laughing Lotus. I’m also a fan of the Shambhala Meditation Center, Vipassana Meditation, AcroYoga, Chill Mudra Productions, Green Circus Yoga, Circus Minimus Yoga, Denver’s Samadhi Center for Yoga and San Francisco’s Yoga Tree studios.

If you have questions about yoga practice or about my teaching, book, yoga research newsletter, or volunteer retreats, please email me at


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