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“I spent my early teens as a car broker in Japan selling Ferarris I bought in the US. Buyers in Japan would give me cash amounting to around $60,000 dollars, which I would stuff in suitcases and travel to Los Angeles with. I remember how nervous I would feel when I was going to LAX customs with all that cash. “Let me help you count it”, my dad would say as he walked into my room, watching me unloading crazy amounts of money from my suitcase.” Over the next few years, I made many loyal customers and made a dozen of these “car broking” trips. Money seemed so easy and I felt unstoppable. I started spending in unsustainable ways, buying expensive cars and eating at fine restaurants. I was convinced that this would be my life forever… until it wasn’t. When the economy came crashing down in 1987 and e-commerce started to grow, the whole logistical game changed. I lost my position as a middle man. I was dead broke because I never saved the money that I made. “It was the classic story of riches to rags. And it really affected me mentally. I felt it was unfair and I was angry. I needed something in my life that brought me back to the adventurous and humble kid I was when I first stepped into Japan. And that something was yoga. It was a special gift because it made me feel humble and good. It challenged me to find comfort in poses that felt uncomfortable, which was synonymous with shifting my negative mindset at the time into a positive one. And that space of thinking is what I continue to pursue with yoga and hope others will pursue as well. “Oh, and I managed to save an old Ferrari that I just couldn’t let go of.”
I grew up being told that, “Relationships take work”, which I translated to: “Relationships are difficult”... which are two very different things. ✨
“I’m on an endeavor to be the best mom that I can be for my three kids. I don’t always feel like a great mom though. I’m doing a lot of things like juggling my job, being a mom, being a wife and trying to squeeze in a little “me” time.”
“Before I met my husband, I spent so much time becoming my best self because I wanted whomever I met to get the best version of me.
“I discovered that I was strong, genuinely dedicated to bettering myself, and surrounded by a community of like-minded people..."
"I know how tempting the bad choices in life can be. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where gangbanging or basketball were your only two choices.
"When people look at my work, I want them to see the truth of it all. “
“Born in Persia, I am proud of my heritage and the beautiful culture of Persians. But some of the cultural rules in Iran, like not being able to workout in public, can be limiting.”
“Yoga is just that kind of therapy to me. It holds me accountable to my feelings - both good and bad - it represents my truth. I encourage students to lead from their hearts, to follow their intuition, to search for their purpose.”
“I always dreamed of the day when the father who raised me would meet my birth mother."
Step, Step, Step
"A few years ago, when I was out for my morning run, I lost control of my right leg and fell. It is a really scary feeling when you loose control of a limb. It was like I was trying to tell my right leg to step, step, step...."