World-renowned Empowerment + Success Coach, Award-winning Writer, TedX Speaker, Professor of Sociology and Gender/Women’s Studies


World-renowned Empowerment + Success Coach, Award-winning Writer, TedX Speaker, Professor of Sociology and Gender/Women’s Studies


My work was born out of a transitional (painful and confusing) moment in my life (in fact, I just gave an entire TedX on the topic). I call it my lightning bolt moment where I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to be a “link in that chain of empowerment and possibility.”

That was 28 years ago! And from that pivotal moment of clarity, here I am. So let me continue to tell you about what I do… and what I can do for you.

I am a sought – after empowerment + mindset coach working with individuals and teams across the country to align and integrate their personal and professional spheres for increased success and abundance without compromising their joy. I am also a successful writer, speaker, and Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies and have written and/or contributed to over 9 books on empowerment, personal transformation for collective liberation and cultivating resilience including the groundbreaking and award-winning anthology, Yoga & Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body and most recently, Embodied Resilience Through Yoga.

I combine over two decades of professional and personal work and integrate my backgrounds in mindfulness and embodied wisdom with my academic expertise and advocacy work. In this way I offer a holistic and unique pathway to personal freedom and prosperity, one that is customized and designed to each individual. This includes 1:1 VIP coaching as well as group programs.

My clients know that I am committed to the highest level of excellence, integrity and joy!

My work is potent, powerful and deep as well as playful, exciting and inspiring. There is never a doubt that I operate in service of my client’s highest good and exceptional results that blow their mind.

I know first hand that there is even more growth, healing and potential waiting for each of us. I live and operate from a place of expansive and embodied possibility!

Are you ready for MORE?

Because I can attest to the fact that my capacity for more joy, love and prosperity has and continues to increase. My sense of personal empowerment and confidence has increased beyond what I could have ever imagined. Most importantly, what I have to offer you continues to evolve and expand and…

it continues to get better.

You can choose to live the life you want when you learn to step into your own power.

A great example of when I stepped deeper into my own power was when I had to make a big pivot (that was scary and seemed foolish to many).

After 15 years of teaching Sociology and Gender/Women’s Studies, I was hired as a full-time tenure-track professor and I felt victorious. It’d been a long time coming – years of teaching, facilitating workshops and panels, mentoring, guiding and leading students and engaging with the wider civic community, publishing essays, articles and books… all of it.

Eighteen months into my tenure-track position it became abundantly clear (and inconvenient)… Oh, I need to resign and open my coaching and consulting calendar full time. I’d made myself available to private clients for well over a year at this point and I found the guidance I was able to offer and the transformation I was able to witness and support in my clients exhilarating and exciting. I wanted more of the 1:1 experience. I wanted more opportunities to use my entire skillset to serve. I was ready for the next phase of my career and the next evolution of my work in the world.

People questioned my choice – why would I leave now? I’d be tenured soon. They cautioned me – why take such a risk when this path was “guaranteed”?

I knew with absolute certainty that none of that sounded desirable to me. It felt like a spiritual death.

Similar to that lightning bolt moment 20 years earlier, I knew I needed to pivot and trust myself. THIS was my direction. THIS was clear. And THIS was my choice. I felt compelled to honor it. That was my only option.

It was one of the best choices I’ve ever made and is a prime example of the big life transitions and moments of trust I help my clients navigate and execute.

editor of:

Yoga and Body Image

25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley

Yoga Rising

30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body (Llewellyn, 2018)

Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change

An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

Embodied Resilience through Yoga

30 Mindful Essays About Finding Empowerment After Addiction, Trauma, Grief, and Loss (Llewellyn, 2020)

contributor in:

  • 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012)
  • Featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014)
  • Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016)

featured writings

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Yoga Rising!