Recently I wrote about Justin Wiltshire Cohen, lawyer now yogi, who is not pleased with the way many people in the US now practice what they call yoga. Kimberly Fowler, the subject of my next life-after-law story, is probably exactly the kind of person who gives Wiltshire Cohen such displeasure. Clue: Fowler's book is titled No OM Zone: A No-Chanting, No-Granola, No-Sanskrit Practical Guide to Yoga.
Fowler has written an article detailing her journey from the law to yoga entrepreneurship at WomenEntrepreneur.com. From "When Change Beckons, Embrace It":
I'm president of YAS Fitness Centers, a growing chain of yoga and indoor cycling studios. I founded YAS in 2001 in what was for me a major career transition. I also head YAS Yoga & Sportswear, YAS Productions and YAS Franchises Inc., all of which are outgrowths of YAS. They qualify as next steps. And in what is the biggest career change of all for me, I've become recognized as a leading yoga and fitness expert.
Talk about transitions -- I started my professional life as a lawyer.
Fresh out of law school -- and right after a successful battle with brain cancer doctors said I wouldn't survive -- I began practicing law in Houston. I was a litigator. Within the decade, I was practicing international business law in Monaco and had to master a very different type of law. I managed the change by replying "No problem" anytime someone handed me something I had no clue about. Then I'd do my homework and get a clue, fast.
The subject of my last two life-after-law posts have very different approaches to yoga, don't they? Night and day, yin and yang, om and nom—Justin and Kimberly. There is room for all.
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