How I Made It Big: Celebrity Yogi Lauren Imparato Tells All

Photo: Lauren Imparato

Just about a year ago I led an epic #RETOX class in Times Square. There, in front of my old Morgan Stanley office and in the middle of New York City, I got to share my signature #RETOX practice with a few thousand of you—all with our resident mixologist DJing on the decks.

Be you. Go conquer your stage, cue Sinatra, and go make it wherever, and however you want to be, #RETOX style.

With my limbs flailing and voice echoing on the Jumbotron between Dunkin' Donuts and Seinfeld, surrounded by thousands of skyscrapers and people breathing and moving in #RETOX unison, I had to ask myself…how did I get so lucky? How did I get here?

And then it hit me: I got here by being me.

Yoga in Times Square Photo: Lauren Imparato

I don't pretend to be someone I am not, and I do not stand by or promote anything I do not believe in.

I am me. I speak my mind, I respect my integrity and the integrity of others, and above all, I am honest. Honest to you, me, my skills, my deficits, and my dreams. I do not pump myself up and try (often I have to try very, very hard) to not tear myself down. But no matter what, I am always, truly, unapologetically ME.

Sometimes we search for success by pretending to be someone we are not or just slightly adjusting something in hopes of making someone else love us or support us more. The thing is, that will never work. People will sniff it out as BS, and the world will ultimately call you out on it, some way, some time or another.

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Your best PR agent is you: the real, straight up, no frills you.

After looking back on this crazy path my life has taken—a successful studio, a book, a killer course here on mindbodygreen, and more—I have two words of advice for anyone who wants to follow their dreams: Own it.

Be you. Go conquer your stage, cue Sinatra, and go make it wherever, and however you want to be, #RETOX style.

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