Lauren Imparato (Ep.31): From the trading desk to the yoga mat

There’s the cliché of leaving Wall Street to become a Yoga instructor. And then there’s actually doing it. As a young salesperson at Morgan Stanley, Lauren Imparato put her entrepreneurial prowess on display winning over both clients and bosses. Initially, Lauren immersed herself in yoga, nutrition, and meditation to help manage the daily grind – hiding it from her colleagues to avoid the “weirdo hippy girl” look. But the push to start her own business eventually overtook her and she went on to create RETOX, a wellness brand, Yoga studio, and best-selling book. We discuss mixing business and passion, using social media to build a brand, and the dangers of entrepreneurship as a form of escapism.

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