Gabby came to Yoga as many do, as a way to escape the physical and mental stresses of life and business and out of sheer boredom with her gym rat, elyptical pushing, cable machine pulling, rut. After wandering into her local gym’s Yoga class, thanks in no small part to a very patient and knowledgable teacher, she was officially hooked. She realized that choosing to practice Yoga diligently did not mean sacrificing muscle tone and fat burning, in fact she found to her surprise that her practice was sculpting her body in ways a gym machine never could, and calming her mind on a truly life changing level. As her practice evolved, she sought out the instruction of a mutual friend and renowned teacher in her area, Elinore Cohen, who over time, became her very close friend and private teacher.
Elinore lovingly guided her through a vigorous Vinyasa Flow practice with strong Iyengar and Ashtanga influence, to find levels of endurance, strength and balance in her body she never thought possible. In the spring of 2009 Elinore launched Urban Lily Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA. After continuing to hone her practice in the new space for the first year, Gabby relocated to Laguna Beach, CA and continued to practice regularly, but found that there was simply something missing in the Orange County Yoga community. Out of this need for a functional, luxurious, soulful Yoga space, Ritual was born.