the ice-cream itself
ONCE UPON A TIME
Just months after moving to NYC to pursue my lifelong goal of becoming the next Jennifer Aniston, my lung collapsed for no apparent reason-- and I didn't have health insurance.
I was left sick, scared, and super-duper broke..
I'm talking negative-bank-account-and-was-sued-by-my-doctor broke.
And so, in a desperate search for some stability, I took a job as a high school teacher so I could have all the “normal” things— a paycheck every two weeks, paid time off, and health insurance.
And I vividly remember that at the moment I signed my contract I thought— “this will never make you happy. ”
For the next 5 years I woke up each day and lived a life that didn’t feel like my own.
I was bored, uninspired, and stuck in an environment where people would often rather complain about how much they didn’t like their jobs than make a change.
"You have to quit your job. You’re meant for more."
2014-- an IG "yoga challenge"
pic during my YTT 😂
Thankfully, it was also during this time that I started practicing yoga...which changed my life forever.
I started doing my own 200HR YTT throughout year five at my job.
And at the end of that year— after completing a 21-day meditation challenge— I got another whisper from the Universe:
And in June of 2015, that's exactly what I did.
2015-- the last picture I took of my classroom... I knew I'd never be back
2015-- handstands in Siena, Italy right after I quit my job
I wake up every day and get to do work I love and I'm on a mission to help other women do the same... hopefully wayyy faster than I did.
And now I run the leading online yoga teacher program, YogaRenew--
serving 40,000+ students around the world.
I've led 100+ students through in-person yoga teacher trainings who are now teaching all over the NYC/NJ area + beyond.
I've owned + operated award winning yoga studios that offered a yoga home to thousands of incredible students
I've created + run workshops, retreats, and trainings to inspire students to dig deeper into their practice.
I've organized + led citywide Wellness Crawl events-- with over 1,000 attendees-- to support 120+ local wellness businesses
I've ran (literally) from studio to studio teaching 11+ group classes per week while doing marketing freelancing on the side to make ends meet.
MY REALLY OFFICIAL BIO, the TL:DR VERSION
Kate Lombardo‘s influence as a yoga instructor + wellness business strategist spans the globe, touching tens of thousands of students internationally.
For almost a decade, Kate has been teaching and leading training programs through her award-winning yoga studios before expanding virtually through YogaRenew. She answers to many titles-- Yoga Director, CEO, CMO, Speaker, Leader, Writer, Podcaster-- but most importantly... Mama.
Kate teaches in Hoboken, NJ where she lives with her dreamboat hunk-of-a-husband and two incredible children.
NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF
FRIENDS is still my favorite TV show ever-- I literally lol watching it.
I love having a beautiful home but HATE home decorating-- interior designers are superstars.
I can sing every word of The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
Sirius Black is my favorite Harry Potter character + Prisoner of Azkaban is my fav book.
I love sports documentaries and have watched the MJ documentary 3+ times.
Your at-a-glance guide to where I stand on all the truly important things.
Alden's Organic Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream
(with extra rainbow sprinkles)
cooking in with friends
forever student-- I'd love to have like 20 PHDs
Florence, Italy - 100% lived there in a past life
glass of Barolo
pasta... specifically bucatini all'amatriciana
Harry Potter or Avengers Endgame... I'm a sucker for the good-guys winning
But I've learned that my #1 superpower is manifesting a life that I love-- no. matter. what.
Like... for real.
I've been broke. I've been stuck. I've been super happy and then ended up with a bankrupt business (yup, that happened too-- thanks COVID).
So whether you're looking to start your yoga teaching journey or you're a female badass that needs help with her biz, I want to help you.
Tell me your story.
I can help.
Here's the deal...
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