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Liz Mandarano
Liz Mandarano

Liz Mandarano

Yoga Effects

New York, NY USA

"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."

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Day In The Life

Yoga Instructor/Owner

I teach vinyasa "power" yoga at my own yoga studio.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    French Language and Literature

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

  • Doctorate


    Georgetown University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Was a French major at Rutgers University, but realized there wasn't much she could do with that degree.

  • 2.

    Graduated in 1992, during a recession, so she went to law school to put off entering the workforce.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    Started going to yoga with one of her coworkers and before long, it became a passion-she was going five times a week.

  • 5.

    Offhand, a friend suggested that she start her own yoga studio, and she seized upon that idea.

  • 6.

    For the first few months, the studio was really struggling; they felt lucky to get four students in a class.

  • 7.

    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.

  • 8.

    She's heard people talk about the dreams they never pursued, so she hopes her unconventional choices inspire others to go after their dreams.