When people ask where I am from, I never know if they’re asking about my name, my accent or where I live. Born in Moscow, I grew up in New York, grew older in Paris, and am now hopefully growing wiser in Lisbon.
In the process, I have worked on Wall Street, edited fashion magazines, and coaxed and cajoled economic policy wonks. Eventually I brought it all together as a strategy advisor, writer and lecturer on communications and social responsibility for luxury and related brands. Check out my book, Real Luxury and my blog at the Huffington Post for a taste.
Like a lot of entrepreneurs/freelancers, I don’t have much work-life balance; personal and professional are two sides of the same coin. It’s a luxury in many ways – autonomy and work I am passionate about – and a burden in others – constant doubt and I never really turn off. So, exercise aside (we’ll get to it), one unexpected aspect I like about Man Flow Yoga is learning from Dean’s drive and discipline in building a business that is as much an extension of himself as a way to create benefits for others.
I eased into Man Flow Yoga over a year or two after coming across one of the early videos on YouTube. Bit by bit, the practice infiltrated my workouts to where Man Flow Yoga, plus a pull-up bar, plus more recently a pool membership became my whole regimen. (And the results have never been better.) Dean’s focus on the physical benefits drew me in. Not to put down yoga’s spiritual side, at the end of the day, I just want to look good and eat right. Those are enough for me to feel good, stay focused and handle life’s emotional mumbo-jumbo.
Beyond pitching in as a Manbassador, next up for me is a second book (just don’t ask me about it) and steering my other work in a more creative direction. It’s time to build something more of my own. Also, I’m in love with this little city and country that have adopted me and would love to help them grow. Hit me up if you’re coming to Portugal and need any tips.