Prior to founding Wooden Spoon Wellness, I worked for more than a decade in the publishing industry, helping to create books for ivy league academic publishing houses. I was also an educator for many years for a large international human rights organization based in Manhattan. I had high standards for myself and pushed myself hard. At one point, I worked a 40-70 hour/week job, I had a part-time job to earn extra money, and I was writing my Master’s thesis. My health suffered tremendously and I went on disability following an injury. I was so disconnected from my body and from my intuition, and the insurance companies and doctors only heightened my stress. This was my rock bottom moment as well as my “Aha!” moment.
Part of what was so crazy about this situation was that I thought I knew better. I studied Eastern philosophy in the late ’90s at Vassar College and began practicing yoga in 2001. A dear friend’s mom had also turned me onto whole foods eating. Prior to my “Aha!” moment, I had had years of success using whole foods and alternative healing methods to lose 30 pounds, to regulate my digestion and menstrual cycle, and to connect with my body and with my intuition. I had tools and people to support me but for a period of time, I didn’t use them.
I spent the next several years recovering, developing other health issues, recovering again, and working hard to make my lifestyle fit my healing. I started to see though that I was part of a culture of women who were sacrificing themselves to produce amazing things in the world. In addition, as a result of the health issues I endured as well as the stories I heard from people around me, I became increasingly aware of the shortcomings of the American health ‘care’ system, particularly as it related to women’s bodies.
In 2012, I ultimately decided to broaden the learning I had been doing for myself to support others. I became a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and completed yoga teacher trainings through Now Yoga and Maty Ezraty. I also obtained certifications in Yoga Nidra through ISHTA Yoga and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy through Sacred Seed Yoga & Ayurveda. My teachers, to whom I am most grateful, include Mona Anand, Aman Rai, Jai Kai, Layla Martin, Myra Lewin, Maty Ezraty, Vijay Amar, Joe Miller, Frank Mauro, and Edward Jones. My learning is on-going however, and it is my humble privilege to share the knowledge I’ve gained thus far to show women ways to stir their own pots for lasting wellness.
When I am not connecting with clients, playing in my kitchen, and teaching, I meditate, dance, ride my bike around Brooklyn, read, travel, and spend time with my soul people.