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Meet Dorothy Pincus of LoL Holistic Yoga-LA in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorothy Pincus.

Dorothy Pincus (The Human Instrument), is a graduate of the Institute of Psycho-Structural-Balancing (IPSB). She is a motivational speaker, hosts workshops, practitioner Jorei/Reiki practitioner (Energy Work), life coach in music with CCF (Certified Coaches Federation, Tuning/Sound therapy at Sound Therapy Center, and a Laughter Yoga Leader with Laughter Yoga University. Dorothy is an author of The Spoken Gospel (A one-woman journey through transformation) and How to Date Yourself and Fall in Love.

Dorothy has over 20+ years in the music world singing, writing and extended roles of acting and voiceover. Dorothy opened up for Dalai Lama, Neil Walsh, Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols and Joshua David Stone as Musical Inspirational Vocalist just to name a few. She has worked with Legendary artist such as Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Nine Inch Nails, Mariah Carey, Will I Am, Toni Braxton, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Tupac and all over the world and studio sessions, tours, TV appearances with many icons in the business. She also was a vocal mentor for the audition process of American Idol and B-booth, the finale year in 2016.

Has it been a smooth road? 
Life has its ups and downs. How you choose to handle the good, the bad and the ugly is on you. About 5 years ago, my life was a smooth road. Building my first house with the man of my dreams, 3 adorable functional kids. Business was great. Yes, life is good all the time. I was nominated by a good friend actress Mindy Sterling to be the Woman of the Year for Cancer. We raised 700k that year and right when I thought life couldn’t get any easier, I got the phone call that would change the course of my life. My mom was admitted to the hospital. 

I just spoke with her two days ago, she was doing Tae Bo and making plans to go to Atlantic City with her church members. She had cancer and they gave her 6 months to live… no, they must be mistaken, in the midst of my crazy schedule, I flew to Newark NJ. This was real and I couldn’t even breathe. It was cold and snow on the ground and I just froze in my tracks. According to the doctor, we all have cancer cells in our bodies and sometimes out of the blue, they activate like with my mom. 

Over the course of a year, I watch my mom who was almost 200 pounds weight dropped to 98 pounds. My mom went into remissions three times. December, we were waiting to get the keys to our new home and my mom was dying. 

We got the keys to our home December 24th, 2012. December 26th, I was flying back to New Jersey to care for my mother. I was happy with my new home but sad, so sad and broken that my mom might not get to see my new home where I was going to convince her to live in. So, I could take care of her… my mom, Margaret Coleman died January 22, 2013, at 9:33. We took our last breathe together. I pray over her body, I wrapped her body, help take her to the morgue and then, I ran out of the hospital, panic and caught the next plane back home. My mom instructions were very specific and clear about where I should go after she went home to see her Jesus. Back to California to be with my family. She dropped some serious knowledge on me the night before she died and I registered it in my mind and apply when necessary.

When I returned to California, everything was different for me. I was mourning, unpacking and felt so alone. I was functioning at 5%. I was a zombie, I went into a deep, depression and the only thing I had going for me was getting perfect attendance for my three daughters. And when that happened, felt okay I need to get my life back… it took me about a year to figure out how to do that. Moms around me at a very early age was dying of cancer and every time, I got the call about another mom dying in my neighborhood, it opened up another sore with puss. Ughhhh, why was this happening to me? My body was in so much pain that I developed fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be confused with those of arthritis or joint inflammation… fibromyalgia causes widespread pain, fatigue, and other types of discomfort. Symptoms resemble those of arthritis, but fibromyalgia affects the soft tissue, not the joints. I ached from stress and this traumatic tragedy. I got called to go on the Voice to work with Jordan Smith in 2015. It was the finals and often professional singers like myself book these types of gigs. It was great, we rehearse and recorded and ate lunch, then, it was time to get dressed in makeup and hair. The royal treatment except, I couldn’t enjoy any of it. I was in so much pain that I just started laughing. It was one of those aha moments that I was getting my ass kicked even in my happy moments. My body was a mess. So, I laughed at how ridiculous this moment was for me. People started staring, looking around to see what is making me laugh. I thought wow, I feel better. I wonder if there is a meetup group that I could go to and just laugh out loud for about an hour. That would make me happy right.

So, I googled laughter and behold a bald-headed man appear looking straight out of a Mr. Clean commercial. I laughed even harder at my analogy. His name was Dr. Kataria from India. He and his wife created laughter yoga 20 something years ago. How was I supposed to go to India, so I asked him for a name of a Laughter Yoga class in California? He put in touch with an LY club in Laguna Beach and I got certified and now, I teach laughter. It is a rewarding as the first discovery. A year later, my doctor says my body shows no signs of fibromyalgia. She wanted to know the secret and I told her the truth, I laugh every day and I teach laughter to anyone that has ears.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with LoL Holistic Yoga-LA – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others. 
Well, as I said before, my business is like a Honda commercial, laughter yoga sales itself. Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact, jokes, and playfulness between participants. I have integrated other healing techniques into my practice that has made LoL Holistic Yoga-LA very popular. I have traveled and spoke at conferences, done workshops and work all over the world teaching the power of laughter. One of my proud moments last year was meeting Dr. Kataria, the creation of Laughter Yoga. We hit it off instantly and his quote for me was, “Super Star with the purple hair” and telling him how Laughter Yoga has changed my life. Another moment was having my practice be view on national TV on a segment of You Can Do Better” they featured my club and it was a great session.  Laughter yoga is in over 101 countries and thanks to laughter yoga I no longer have fibromyalgia.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least? 
Growing up on the East Coast is definitely very different from the West Coast vibe. I tend to be what you see is what you get. I have no filter, no pretend and sometimes me being a straight-shooter tends to put me in interesting moments. 

I view California as my home and I love it here. I grow up and became a woman here. I am raising my family and met my husband here. I have built my community here so it took some adjustments to fit in but I have met my peeps in many social communities and I love it. 

The more I grow as a person in the field of a practitioner of holistic practices, the more I see God in everything. LA has created that for me.

Pricing:

  • LOL Holistic Yoga-La classes are $10 dollar a person (affordable)
  • Conferences/Corporate $1000-10k

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Image Credit:
How to Date Yourself and Fall in Love @ Amazon.com, Trutv -You can do better, 7 platinum plats with Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog

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