Today we’d like to introduce you to Kali Love.
Kali, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
From a very early age I had a passion for teaching and being an entrepreneur. At age 9 I was teaching my toddler niece her ABC’s, colors and animals. Around that same time, my young entrepreneurial spirit made arrangements with my neighbors to regularly collect their bottles, cans, and newspapers in my little red wagon, so that I could earn money from recycling (this was pre- curbside recycling programs, of course!).
In 1995 in my junior year in college, I was on track to becoming an elementary school teacher when my path took a major detour. As a graduation requirement, I took a cluster of classes in holistic health – something I had never heard of before. The perspectives and self-healing tools that were presented in the course descriptions were of appeal to me. I had struggled with depression and low self-esteem/worth for most of my life at that point. The idea of learning ways to calm, focus and direct my mind, and feel more emotionally free and alive sounded like a promising way to change how broken I had always felt. Plus, I thought it was cool that I could earn college credit by learning meditation and “doing nothing.” After a few short months of exploring these new ways of perceiving myself and the world around me, I felt a sense of hope and inspiration that I don’t really remember ever having.
In 1998, a few years after graduating college I began studying other modalities of healing – various styles of massage, energy work, aromatherapy & flower essences, yoga, hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and life coaching. I had no intention of teaching or creating a business with any of these, rather it was my interest in my own healing that inspired me to pursue all these teachings. Throughout my journey, the feedback I consistently received from my teachers and fellow students was that I was meant to be a teacher, yet I wasn’t yet clear on how it would all come together. During this time, I pursued other entrepreneurial business ventures. At the end of the 90’s and early years of 2000’s – I had a thriving Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy practice based out of an office in Hillcrest. I also had a successful business breeding and wholesaling exotic reptiles (Yes! You read that right, reptiles!). Yet, this wasn’t the tail end of my journey (pardon the pun).
Fast forward to 2006, when I landed at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad. I joined the company as a program consultant doing inside, consultative sales for their events, programs and teacher trainings. I was thrilled at the opportunity to work for a world-renowned company whose culture and mission was in complete alignment with my lifestyle, plus.. getting to work for and learn from Deepak Chopra?!?! Amazing.
As part of my job, I attended the events and got to go through teacher trainings, gaining direct access to learning from some of the most influential personal development leaders of our time including Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Andrew Weil, Jean Houston, Dr. Dean Ornish, Elizabeth Gilbert, Gregg Braden, and more.
Upon receiving my certifications in meditation, yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle education, I earned recognition as a Chopra Center Vedic Educator. In 2008, I joined the Chopra Center Certifications faculty and began teaching classes, leading lectures, webinars & workshops for teachers in training, and teaching at Chopra Center events and programs. My day job – metamorphosed over the course of a decade – moving out of sales and into events and project management, curriculum development, and providing advisory to both the Certifications and Events teams, as well as mentoring the instructors on staff at the Chopra Center. It was during this time that I also began organizing and leading my own local and international workshops, events and retreats.
In 2016, I stepped away from my full-time role at the Chopra Center to pursue my own full-time business mentoring entrepreneurs in the personal development industry and providing coaching on the art of public speaking, as well as event and retreat consulting. As an internationally recognized teacher, I offer workshops, events and retreats, and public speaking engagements on contemporary issues such as stress management, work-life balance, and healthy lifestyle for private and corporate groups. I continue to train teachers for Chopra Center Certifications, and teach at the Chopra Center and select events. As a meditation teacher, I like to joke that it’s pretty cool that now I get paid to teach people how to “do nothing!”
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Working full-time and finding the time and energy to successfully develop and run my own business was challenging. Taking the leap of faith from the “security” of my job and steady income, to that of being a one-woman show and totally self-sufficient was scary! For a long time, I found myself saying that I was going to do it and kept putting it off, making no progress. Working with a coach helped me believe in myself, get out of my own way, set a date and commit to it. So… I did.
Being a “solopreneur” requires me to be on top of my game! Working solo means that I’m playing all the roles: Visionary, leader, worker, product, talent, marketing, sales, accounting, admin, social media.. it’s a lot to juggle and manage! Creativity and energy are a vital part of any business… and especially this one. Sustainability as a teacher in the personal development field requires that I practice what I preach! With all the stressful demands of being an entrepreneur, and particularly – a solopreneur, it is essential to balance these stressors with the practices of meditation, yoga, and healthy lifestyle.
One of my greatest challenges has been maintaining the motivation and self-discipline required as an entrepreneur amidst the busy-ness of life – Friendships, romance, invitations to collaborate, offers to do other types of work, temptations (i.e. napping, playing with the dog, cleaning the house), procrastination, accountability, etc. Another great opportunity owning my own business, is moving beyond the competition and scarcity mentality that’s been so deeply embedded into our psyche, and owning and celebrating my worth recognizing that there is room for everyone to thrive.
Kali Love – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m an internationally recognized teacher offering domestic and international workshops, events and retreats, and public speaking engagements on contemporary issues such as stress management, work-life balance, and healthy lifestyle for private and corporate groups. I specialize in mentoring entrepreneurs in the personal development industry, by providing coaching on the art of public speaking, as well as event and retreat consulting. I continue to train teachers for Chopra Center Certifications, and teach at the Chopra Center and select events. As a meditation teacher, I like to joke that it’s pretty cool that now I get paid to teach people how to “do nothing!”
My clients and students appreciate my focused and calming presence, and that I operate from a perspective that is centered in integrity, grace, love. I’m spirited and spontaneous; yet methodical, charismatic, and engaging. I bring vast knowledge & experiences from over 20 years training and working in the personal development industry and learning from the best of the best.
I’m known for helping people experience greater happiness and freedom by remembering their innate wisdom, and shifting their perceptions to transform obstacles into opportunities. I have a flair for creating a welcoming, fun, and enriching experience that offers practical and applicable tools for navigating the stresses of modern times including: stress release, discovering balance in mind-body-spirit, emotional state management, utilizing the language of empowerment and practicing purposeful communication, awakening wisdom from within, practicing healthier self-care, activating creativity, cultivating greater understanding and acceptance of self and others, inspiring greater cooperation, and improving communication and relationships. I am skillful at helping people give themselves the freedom to boldly be and courageously express more of their authentic Selves.
I’m most proud knowing that my work has a ripple effect in making the world a better place. I love seeing the entrepreneurs and teachers that I mentor in the personal development industry, feeling more empowered and well-equipped for sharing their gifts with all the people they touch and inspire. Now more than ever, in this time of chaos and uncertainty, personal development is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity for learning how to successfully navigate modern life.
o 2017 Co-Founded and launched “Together We Rise” – a community where women come together to support and celebrate each other. An inter-generational experience that is centered around the unique and powerful frequency that is ignited when women come together in circles.
o Interviewed and featured in Yoga Journal magazine article on moving joyfully.
o Guest teacher presenting meditation and yoga for the media and meeting planners at the “Visit California” conference in Austin, Texas
• 2015 Project Manager responsible for launching the Chopra Center’s “Chopra en Español” including events, teacher trainings, newsletter and blog.
• 2015 Guest teacher for the Chopra Center annual Global Meditation Challenge, leading over a thousand guests through chair yoga to kick off the event sharing the stage with Dr. Deepak Chopra and special guests Gabrielle Bernstein, Ismael Cala and musical guest Trevor Hall.
• 2014 Keynote speaker at the Saville Theater for the San Diego City College World Cultures Program.
• 2013 Featured presenter at the Polestar Pilates International Conference. In addition to teaching lectures on Ayurveda in motion and yoga philosophy, I led a guided meditation for the Special Olympics San Diego fundraiser.
• 2012 Developed & launched the Chopra Center’s Workplace Wellbeing department. Planned, managed and facilitated wellness events and retreats for private and corporate groups.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Being selected to grace the cover of a gorgeous book entitled, “Infinite Goddess: Images of the Sacred Divine in Contemporary Women” by Tamara Trejo.
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Mario Covic, Lubosh Cech, Chopra Center