Leading Ladies: UT alumna uses her passion for yoga to help heal others
Orignally posted on The Daily Texan.
Mardy Chen had only been living in New York City for two years when the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, rocked the nation. For many people, 9/11 was a frightening event. For Mardy, a UT alumna, it changed her entire career path.
“After graduation, I moved to New York because I’d always wanted to live and work there,” Mardy said. “I was living in the city when 9/11 happened, and it was a big eye-opener. I thought, ‘I need to get back home to my family.’ So I quit my job.”
Mardy, a Texas native, chose to attend UT because it was close to home. At the time, UT had the top accounting program in the nation, and, since she wanted to go into finance, she enrolled and graduated with business honors in 1999.
While in New York, Mardy met her husband, Jeff Chen, who was also working in finance at the time. When the couple decided to move to Austin, his company was flexible enough to allow him to work from Texas. Shortly after making the move, Mardy committed to a nine-week training session to become a yoga instructor. In 2003, she opened her first studio in Westlake, Pure Bikram Yoga, and fell even more in love with the practice……
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