1. In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?
I'm a mother of three amazing daughters and friend and wife of my soulmate, Shahar. I believe in movement—Movement is life! I'm real—what you see is what you get. Not a good actress, I will let you know exactly how I feel.
2. What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
I was born at home in a small village in Israel; the room I was born in is now the kitchen. I'm the second youngest of seven children. When my baby sister was born, my mother started to suffer from depression. I was five years old. At the beginning they said it was postpartum depression, but it got to the point that she had to go to a mental hospital for treatment. I still remember the day and the pictures of me staying in the car and my mom staying in the hospital yard, not joining us for the ride back home. My mom kept suffering from depression on and off. There were good days, weeks, and months and then a few weeks or months of darkness and a dysfunctional mom. I grew up like that, practically raised myself, surrounded myself with animal friends (we always had dogs and cats), and started writing a journal when I was in the third or fourth grade. I think this really helped me with deal with the loneliness. My older sister decided she wanted to lose weight—I think I was about eleven—and she asked me to join her on her daily runs. After a few months she lost the weight and stop running, but I was hooked and kept running every day. Running is my meditation! I lost my father when he was fifty-eight, I was twenty-two. It was sudden—a stroke from a blood clot in his brain. That strong farmer and truck driver who was our family rock left us. Two years later I lost my mom; she was fifty-eight, I was twenty-four. It was also sudden. She died from a heart attack on a Saturday afternoon while she was sleeping. I went to wake her from her nap and realized she was gone. Years later I lost my brother, again a sudden heart attack; he was forty, I was thirty-four. I’m telling you this long story so you can understand how my past made me stronger, made me resilient. My family are all overweight, so for me movement and exercise are lifesavers.
3. Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are?
I know it is kind of expected and obvious for me to say it, but it is true—this field chose me. I’m not sure I have a specific role model. From each person I get to meet, I take and learn the things that are right for me. With the years and working in this field, I have realized how much the human body fascinates me, how incredible it is, how smart and complicated it can be, and that you can always learn new things about it, it never gets boring. Seeing what movement does for others and how it makes them feel better makes me want to learn more.
4. What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?
I don't think I have a legacy.
5. What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
I believe in live and let live. If we all live by that, the world will be a better place.
6. In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you?
You can find me on Instagram and Facebook . These days you can find me in Cresskill, NJ, teaching Zoom classes from my home studio. The next big thing for me would be to succeed in convincing girls of all ages to fall in love with movement and exercise, and through that make them love and accept themselves and their amazing, powerful bodies.
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