Leading Ladies – Jan (And Giveaway!)

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, interests, etc.):

I am a yoga teacher, astrologer and life coach…and Kelley Montoya’s Auntie Jan!!  I grew up in the farm lands of northeastern Colorado, studied journalism and dance at CU Boulder, and worked as a writer in the publishing business in Chicago, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz. After a few successful years I left to follow my bliss in a professional dance career in Los Angeles. I danced and choreographed for stage, film and TV over a 20 year period.  Additionally I worked as an executive assistant in the music business at Geffen Records on Sunset Blvd. I had always had yoga in my back pocket, so when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1987, I began to teach yoga. I have lived in Southern California teaching yoga in Orange County for 12 years now, primarily at YogaWorks. I live with my fiance in Corona Del Mar, and enjoy cooking organic vegan meals, gardening, walking on the beach, and writing.

Tell us about your business and how it got started:

I began developing my life coaching business a year ago. I have taught yoga for nearly 30 years, and given astrology readings for 20 years. At the suggestion of my spiritual business mentor, I have created various life coaching packages that utilize my yoga and astrological counseling skills.

What is your favorite part about owning your own business?

I adore to help people find their passion, transform their lives and follow their bliss!!  And get paid for it!!  And, I love being my own boss of me!

What is the hardest part?

The hardest part has been to continue to manage my own health, while gathering the financial resources to build the internet technology, and additionally to get up to speed on the tech end of things.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself as a 6-figure business, that includes me being ultra healthy, happily married, and taking regular international vacations.  In other words an organic, abundant and balanced lifestyle.

Additional Info on my business:

For years my students have begged me to make meditation CDs.  I am known for my soothing, healing voice.  I will be going into the recording studio next year to create a playlist of meditation digital downloads.

I am at work on a trilogy of novels about a young woman’s spiritual quest.

I am available to give distance life coaching, and astrology/card readings by phone or skype.

Favorite Things:

Food:  Organics!!

Book:  The Autobiography of a Yogi

Movie: Ghandi

Actor/Actress:  Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon

Color:  Turquoise

Holiday:  New Year’s Day



Jan has generously offered to do a giveaway with her interview. One lucky reader will have the opportunity to be Jan’s guest in her Level 1 or 1/2 yoga class in Huntington Beach! If you live near there or know someone who does, you can enter the giveaway by simply leaving a comment below. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner. The last day to enter will be January 20, 2013. Good luck!!


  1. I think that I would love to try a Yoga class sometime. I have not ever done it. But I know a lot of people that just love it!
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  2. Wonderful post Kelly!! I love yoga too.

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