For the first time,
I didn’t feel insecure.
Growing up, I wasn’t good at physical activities.
I lacked hand-eye coordination, wasn’t good at running and didn’t know how to ride a bicycle. As an adult, I tried many other activities – pilates, boxing, weight training, golf, and many more.
I heard yoga was good for reducing stress and anxiety.
Still, I didn’t want to embarrass myself at a corporate gym. I found a yoga studio next to my office and decided to go.
I still remember my first class.
It was an early morning class — dark room, the sound of Om, sun salutations, collective inhales, and exhales. All we had to do was move our bodies with our breaths.
Yoga wasn’t a competition.
It was a practice.
And for the first time, I didn’t feel insecure. And I didn’t feel alone. So I showed up consistently. However overwhelming or chaotic my life was.
Yoga helped me honor myself.
Yoga didn’t cure my life problems, nor make me the best version of myself.
But it helped me celebrate myself as who I was. And that’s precisely what I needed, especially when I was burnt out from the corporate career that defined me throughout my adulthood.
Eventually, yoga has become a part of my life and what I do.
My teachers are…
If you do…
Feel burned out and overwhelmed by daily grinds
Not enjoy being at the center of attention, especially in the group setting
Love to learn in a supportive environment
Who understands everyone’s body is unique
Who is a late adopter of an active lifestyle
Who is a fellow non-athlete
Then let’s practice together.
When I am not on the mat…
I love pens, papers, and journals.. and am very proud of my penmanship.
LOVE AGATHA CHRISTIE
I collect her books. Currently, I have 84 out of 102.
KNOW HOW TO RIDE A BICYCLE
I learned to ride a bicycle in my late 30s because my dad gave up teaching me when I was little.
LATE CARROT CONVERT
I make a truly phenomenal carrot salad. Influenced by Alice Waters and heavily modified by me, this recipe converted many carrot haters, including myself.
Yoga of Los Altos
Movement (previously Planet Granite)
Jan 2021–Nov 2022
Internship with Lisa Becks (Jun 2021—Nov 2022)
500-Hour Advanced Teacher Training
Jason Crandell, Currently in the process
200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training
Nandi Yoga, 2020
RYT 200, Yoga Alliance
Softer side of yoga – Yin yoga training
Wendy Klein, 2022
Mastering the Art of Sequencing
Jason Crandell, 2021
Deconstruct to Reconstruct (D2R)
Alexandria Crow, 2021
Sensing Shakti, one-on-one coaching
Hana Raftery, 2020
Apple; Cupertino, CA — 2011–2019
Managed teams in 12 countries and external ad agencies.
Executed Apple’s global ad campaigns and 20+ product launches.
Senior Financial Analyst
Yahoo; Sunnyvale, CA — 2009–2011
Managed Sales and Marketing budget for Americas region.
NCsoft; Seoul, Korea — 2005–2007
Conducted financial modeling, contract reviews, and due diligence.
Georgetown University, Washington DC
Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea
BA, Economics, 2005
Can we be penpals?
I write about tools, routines, and rituals that help me feel grounded. You can find some of my old emails here.