I have a passion for helping others find their way to happiness. It all started when I discovered yoga in 2007 around the same time I began my career as a lawyer at a large law firm in New York. I graduated from law school at the top of my class and landed a dream job with a fancy office. I worked on complex cases and went on to receive various accolades, but something didn’t feel quite right. I was always stressed and developed recurring insomnia. I felt completely out of balance and disconnected from my higher truth and creativity. Although I had achieved what some would define as career success, I didn’t feel like I was fulfilling my life purpose.
After my first yoga class, I quickly discovered that yoga was much more than a physical practice. It, in fact, also gave me a sense of equanimity that I had never felt before. This inspired me to dive deeper into understanding the roots of yoga, which ultimately led me on a soul searching journey of self-discovery.
Although I was working around the clock on an intense trial at the time, I decided to commute to New Orleans once a month for a year to complete a yoga teacher certification program. Moved by the authenticity and wisdom of my teachers, I became more in touch with what I really wanted out of my own life.
Yoga teacher training felt like opening Pandora’s box. The more I learned, the more I wanted to grow, but change isn’t always easy. Ultimately, yoga became a vehicle for transformation in my career and personal life. Taking a complete leap of faith, I decided to leave the practice of law for a few months so I could travel to India to immerse myself into understanding yoga in a more profound way.
Yoga has been a precious gift in my life. It has helped me overcome fear and pain, and it has taught me to be more in touch with my peronal version of happiness. But the learning doesn’t end. It is a continuous journey and many of the mysteries lie in simply experiencing the ride. Therefore, I teach yoga to pay this gift forward and to share my journey in the hope of inspiring and uplifting others.
Pia you’re a true inspiration! And I’m a better and happier person because of you!
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Thank you, Jessica!
Great article. Thanks for being a great teacher.
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Thank you Bandana! I am grateful to have met you.