Known as a pioneer of the wellness industry, author of International Best Seller, RETOX (Penguin Random House), profiled on Dr. Oz, and named one of the 100 Women in Wellness, Lauren never anticipated that the wellness world would be part of her daily, professional life. In fact, she hated it. 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. She turned to yoga only as an experimental diversification of her Manhattan treadmill workouts, nutrition only as method to counteract the late nights and big dinners, meditation only as a an attempt to keep it together on the trading floor.
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 RETOX, a wellness lifestyle brand, digital magazine, and yoga studio in Manhattan based on yoga, nourishment, mindset and music, and write her first book, RETOX, out with Penguin and now translated to four languages.
Since, Lauren has become revered as one of the globe’s top wellness experts and entrepreneurs. She has led classes for 10,000 on the Great Lawn of Central Park, 3,000 in Times Square, 3,000 Madrid, Barcelona, Panama, opening weekend in Ibiza, the Cannes Film Festival, and most recently breaking a Guinness World Record in Brooklyn. Profiled on CNN, Vogue, Bloomberg, Fox Business, SELF, New York Magazine, The Financial Times, New York Times, Marie Claire Spain, NY1 Television, TVE, BBC, The London Financial News, and Poder, just to name a few. Her RETOX method has been named “New York’s Best,” and her blog selected by tumblr as one of the world’s 15 best in the space The brand has been graced with a full page profile in Life & Style and “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 five 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 consulting, speaking, 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 with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University.