Who Am I?
I am passionate about a lot of things. I used to think that I was a failure because I did not choose to focus on just one thing. Now, I see my curiosity about the world as a gift. I embrace being a lifelong learner as one of my strengths. I love having a spiritual practice that invites me to step into the mysteries every single day, and I also love having a solid scientific background that helps me understand and explain structure and function in more left-brain ways that involve chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, physics and neuroscience. I am a creator, a storyteller, an artist, a geek, a goddess, a gardener, a chef, a teacher, a student, an introvert, an explorer. Whether I’m working on a film, teaching or practicing yoga or meditation, or coaching people to be their best, most courageous, most empowered, most alive selves, I show up open-hearted, inspired, and willing to share everything I’ve got.
FILMMAKER. I started keeping a journal when I was twelve years old. My family was living in Europe at the time, and I was fascinated by the cultural diversity I was immersed in. This formative experience led me to pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature, and then to become a documentary filmmaker. Being a visual storyteller lets me witness the full spectrum of what it is to be alive, from incredible beauty to heartbreaking loss. I get to be curious about people. I get to ask questions. I get to travel the world. It’s my job to educate, inspire and create art by weaving together light and dark, sound and silence, past, present and future into a coherent, congruent narrative. Since 1994, I have been making films about the environment, science, health and social issues. To see samples of my work or to talk with me about creating some content for you, please visit www.lilafilms.com. Lila is a Sanskrit word that means “everything is interconnected.”
YOGINI. I started meditating and practicing yoga in 1994 and took my first yoga teacher training in 2000. I never wanted to do yoga. I was a type-A, Ivy league-educated, super competitive person. I had finished nine marathons and was training for my tenth, when my knees started letting me know they objected. I started to do yoga and meditate because I thought it would heal my body faster so I could get back to racing. The opposite happened. I fell madly in love with my yoga mat and meditation cushion and have been devoted to them ever since. I’ve completed over 800 hours of Astanga, Anusara and Kundalini yoga and meditation training and have taught over 10,000 hours. I teach regularly scheduled classes in Boulder, CO and also lead transformational retreats around the world. My yoga mat is my magic carpet. No matter what state I am in when I unroll my mat, I always feel exponentially better after my practice. Yoga brings out the best in my mind and body. It creates ease, space, lightness and joy. I’m so grateful that this ancient technology informs my being.
TRANSFORMATIONAL COACH. I have created a unique style of coaching that integrates storytelling and the visual language of filmmaking, mindfulness and meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT), pranayam (breath work), mantra, and chanting, I facilitate deep inner transformation that results in ease, abundance and energy so there’s more of YOU available for YOU. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to help you drop the habitual fears, failures and frustrations that are running in the back of your mind so you can step into the whole radiance and brilliance of your original self. I help you re-connect to the essential YOU in YOU. Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful. Because that is the truth of who you are and the world needs what you have to offer.
We project all kinds of value judgments onto money and the people who have it, but money is just an exchange of green energy that moves through us, if we let it. When I started applying all neurojuju I now teach to my own money shame and scarcity, my mental and emotional blocks around money began to dissolve, and I discovered my TRUE INNER WEALTH. After excavating, honoring, blessing and releasing the stories I had been carrying around what I deserved, and how much love, money, validation, appreciation, ease and joy I was willing to receive, my income quadrupled. My happiness, energy, productivity and aliveness soared. I’m so excited to share this powerful work because it is transformative and creates an unlimited supply of ease, abundance and vitality.
In November 2016, I had the privilege and honor of being interviewed by John Assaraf on the Brain-A-Thon about how his programs helped me retrain my brain for ease, success and productivity.
Watch a replay of the 5th Annual Brain-A-Thon here. There are some fantastic interviews in here with leading neuroscientists. My interview appears about 7:30 hours in.
CHEF. Food is medicine. Remember those old posters form the seventies that said “You are what you eat?” Turns out, this is true. Food is another form of energy that flows through us and supports us. Just as thoughtforms (beliefs), prana (breath), and money (values) animate us, the food we take in to our bodies informs how we feel and how much aliveness we radiate. I was raised by a single mother, and we didn’t have a lot of money. But we had cookbooks. My mother always said, “if you can read, you can cook,” and so at age twelve, Julia Child and I became BFFs. Every week, I’d pore through Mastering the Art of French Cooking and pick out a recipe I wanted to cook for my family. I liked cooking because it was creative and pretty, it encouraged making a mess and playing with fire and knives, and I found it meditative. In college, I worked in a food coop baking bread and planning meals. Today, I continue to be inspired by the fruits and vegetables we get from our farm share every week. It feels good to be eating locally and sustainably grown food. I stir love and beauty into every dish I prepare, and I like sharing gorgeous meals with people I love. You’ll find recipes scattered throughout my blog, but please note: I cook by feel and touch rather than precision. Senses trump measurements. If you are in my town, please shoot me and email and I’ll invite you over for dinner.