I was like the spiritual version of a trust-fund kid growing up. My parents met at an ashram, where I lived until I was 2 years old. I grew up around Eastern philosophy and spirituality—but when you’re 14 and your parents tell you to do something, you run the other way. When I was 19, I found my way back to my spiritual roots—this time because I chose the lifestyle—and like the trust fund kid who realizes all the luxuries and advantages she had from the start, I saw how blessed I was to have been exposed to such wisdom starting at an early age. By the time I was 24 years old, I had done 15 teacher trainings. I was hooked.
I transformed from mischievous teen to awakened young adult after breaking up with my first love. I was heartbroken. I didn’t go out for months. My mom kept urging me to try a yoga class. I finally took one. That’s when I started walking down this new path.