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Lesa Kingsbury, Saint James, NY

Lesa Kingsbury

Lesa Kingsbury 

My story: Sometimes, you don't know what you want until you find it.

I had worked hard as a college student in California to graduate with an architectural degree.  When I finally did so, I moved to the East Coast to go to Columbia University to get my Masters in Architecture and Urban Design, and then continue along that career path.  I was excited about the direction I was taking, but then I started in the field, and found architectural glory - and personal satisfaction - to be pretty elusive.  I worked on some large and important projects for some big firms, but the stress and the endless hours were larger than my then twenty-something self had anticipated starting out.  At times, I even felt trapped.  For me, architecture was just not a pretty picture.

So.  I wound up meeting this guy from Long Island, we fell for each other in a good way, and quickly, and so I moved from Manhattan to the North Shore of Long Island in the fall of 1996.

One year later I was pregnant.  I had done some intermittent yoga over the years and started taking yoga classes more consistently on Long Island, and once pregnant I started doing even more.  Right off the bat, I liked yoga.  More important, perhaps, I knew that "yoga liked me."

I had found my true calling in my late thirties: mom and yoga teacher.  Now my son is nine years old and our yoga studio is nearing the end of its seventh year.  We have some very fine lyengar and Vinyasa yoga teachers, and I've met many great teachers and students of yoga.  It's more than just something to keep me sane and healthy - yoga is a real blessing in my life.  It even allows me to handle the stress stirred up by that great handful from Long Island who I happened to marry.

Our two sites are www.ambayoga.com (that's our yoga studio), and a new site my husband Ken created, www.womenofgraceandpower.com (which he said was initially inspired by the many great yoga women he had the pleasure to meet over the years).

I'm still glad I studied architecture.  But yoga, well, that's where my heart is.

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