Author of Best Seller, RETOX, named one of the 100 Women in Wellness and Elle’s This is 30, Lauren never anticipated that yoga and the wellness world would be part of her daily, professional life. In fact, she hated them. A California girl raised on athletic fields, basketball courts and swimming pools, she travelled east for the classrooms of Princeton, and after graduating moved to New York to take on the Wall Street trading floors. She turned to yoga only as an experimental diversification of her Manhattan treadmill workouts, and meditation only as a an attempt to keep it together on the trading floor. Lauren soon learned, though, that with regular practice on and off the mat, yoga and its underlying philosophies can change you from the inside out as well as the outside, in.
After the Financial Crisis of 2008, Lauren realized that she could provide what all hard working urban and suburbanites needed and spent countless hours and dollars looking for, but never find – a 360 degree, straight up, realistic lens for wellness, a one stop shop for their aching bodies and stress, anxious, overwhelmed minds. In the Spring of 2009, Lauren resigned her job as Vice President of Morgan Stanley to launch I.AM.YOU., a lifestyle brand, digital magazine, and yoga studio in Manhattan based on yoga, nourishment, mindset and music, and write her first book, RETOX, with Penguin Random House.
Since, Lauren has become revered as one of the globe’s top lifestyle, wellness, and yoga experts. She has led classes for tens of thousands on the Great Lawn of Central Park, in Times Square, Madrid, Barcelona, Panama, opening weekend in Ibiza, the Cannes Film Festival, and more. Profiled on CNN, Vogue, Bloomberg, Fox Business, SELF, New York Magazine, The Financial Times, New York Times, Marie Clair Spain, NY1 Television, TVE, BBC, The London Financial News, and Poder, just to name a few. Her classes have been named “New York’s Best,” blog selected by tumblr as one of the world’s 15 best in the space, and been graced with “RETOX is The New DETOX” on the cover of Marie Claire.
Without the help of an agent, manager, or PR agency, Lauren has acquired the aforementioned profiles and over three hundred items of press, a testimony to her innate allure. In February 2012 Lauren was selected to lead yoga at Escape for Good, a three day long event in honor of Muhammad Ali’s seventieth birthday, alongside Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf leading tennis, Tony Hawk, Mia Hamm, Alonso Mourning and many other all-stars. Her talks, classes, and retreats take her around the world, from Europe to Latin America, Asia, and across the United States.
Lauren unites the ancient Tibetan and Indian philosophies of yoga with science, anatomy, and modern day life as the basis of her teachings and writings. Her realistic, straight up modern approach has made her a cult favorite for those in the know.
Lauren is a graduate with Advanced Certifications from Kula Yoga School, the School of Yoga Anatomy, and the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. She has been named the “Goddess of the Sun” in the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan yoga philosophy by Jetsun Luding. She speaks three languages, hold and Intermediate Level Certificate from the International Wine Center and a BA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University.