Liz's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

LIZ MANDARANO

Yoga Instructor/Owner
Yoga Effects

“One of the virtues I like best is courage, and I don't feel like it's valued anymore. I'd rather fail and do what I think is right for me than not do anything.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Risk Struggle Choices Experience Fulfillment Passion Talent Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

agent, challenging, courage, economy, fearless, finances, grad school, happiness, law, law school, lawyer, lifestyle, puzzles, recession, security, small business

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was a French major at Rutgers University, but realized there wasn't much she could do with that degree.
  • Graduated in 1992, during a recession, so she went to law school to put off entering the workforce.
  • Says that while her experience in law school and at law firms wasn't all bad, she entered too much debt and never felt truly happy on that path.
  • Started going to yoga with one of her coworkers and before long, it became a passion-she was going five times a week.
  • Offhand, a friend suggested that she start her own yoga studio, and she seized upon that idea.
  • For the first few months, the studio was really struggling; they felt lucky to get four students in a class.
  • After four years, her yoga studio has hit hard times, but she says even if they had to shut down, she wouldn't regret the endeavor.
  • She's heard people talk about the dreams they never pursued, so she hopes her unconventional choices inspire others to go after their dreams.

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