Still unclear how I was going to do that but I applied for a Masters of Public Health at Columbia University.
My curiosity was still stuck on yoga. So before I left for NYC I completed my 200-Hour Teacher Training at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA.
And that yoga curiosity is what drove a lot of what I studied at Columbia University.
My thesis was on exploring lifestyle and self-care modifications following a dietary intervention among Latina women diagnosed with breast cancer.
I developed the Prenatal Yoga Program for Early Head Start in Washington Heights.
I wrote a long research paper on how to apply behavior theories to increase mindfulness.
At the time, it wasn’t very common for people to speak or write about this in a science institution. It was just catching on that yoga, breath-work, and meditation were powerful tools.
I did my own thing regardless.
After graduation, I started working at a startup while also teaching part-time. I worked 7-days a week.
During the day, I was at a telepsychiatry startup. We focused on online video conferencing between patients and psychiatrists.
I was 1 of 3 employees working in the Sales and Marketing department. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew nothing about Sales. I found out I hated Sales. It was too masculine. Pushy. Unrefined. But I was learning a lot.
Looking back it was a pivotal point where I started to understand my passion and skills in marketing.
I enjoyed the writing side of marketing. I enjoyed the analytics side of marketing. There was this combination of creativity and strategy that complimented me.
Side note: I created my website from scratch, and it’s featured as one of the 10 Great Yoga Teacher Websites. While I’m not a developer, I love to learn. I’m always curious to learn new tech, integrate new systems and softwares.
I moved over to work at a pharmaceutical marketing agency, to learn more about marketing. I quickly realized that was also not my thing. Damn it, I wish I could just like my jobs!
I wanted to go back to working at a startup. This time I made an intention that I wanted to be at a startup that related to yoga or mindfulness.
And that’s exactly what I found.