My name is Saerin Ally Cho. I'm happy to share with you more about my yoga and legal background below. But first, let me introduce myself and share a bit about my name.
Saerin (say-rin) is my given name and it means the marble light of the world. The name is Korean as I was born and raised in South Korea until I came to the United States as a teenager. After high school, I taught English in Korea at an after-school academy and the owner asked me to pick an American name from a name book. My search lasted only a few minutes when I saw Ally, a name I found to be simple and friendly. I was Ally in college when I met a lot of people at social gatherings. In law school, I connected more with Saerin, which sounded more professional and unique. When I began teaching yoga, I introduced myself as Ally.
People often ask me which one I prefer. I've met many of my dear friends as Saerin and many of my other dear ones (including my husband) as Ally. Both names make my head turn and I treasure them equally. So you can call me Saerin or Ally, or even switch around as you see fit. The choice is yours.
Love Light Law
I have been teaching yoga for a few years and practicing yoga and law for many more.
Over the years, I have noticed that while many yoga teachers and studio owners, like you, have compelling stories and deep passion for serving this community, they have limited access to practical, updated, and relevant legal and tax information desperately needed to establish and grow their business.
And let's be honest.
The "research" on the internet, articles written by authors without the right credentials (and perhaps without objective fact-checking before publication), outdated or inapplicable information, and personal advice from well-intended friends may provide some patching services needed for the moment. But these DIY methods will not help you create a successful and financially sustainable business in the long run.
LOVE LIGHT LAW™ 's mission is to help you do what you love and share your light by protecting your business with the law on your side. I want to inform you, empower you, and help you build a long successful career in the yoga business.
As a start, I want to offer you a gift. Here is a helpful 12-step checklist to self-assess the legal and tax wellness of your yoga business and help you take some actionable steps. Please click below to get your free gift.
I have been practicing yoga since 2004, but motherhood nudged me into my first yoga teacher training program while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. What began as a journey to reconnect with myself and deepen my own yoga practice morphed into a profound passion for sharing yoga on and off the mat.
I've been fortunate enough to train at Yoga Tree in San Francisco and also study with some of the most renowned yoga teachers, including Jane Austin of Mama Tree for Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Deborah Burkman for Ashtanga-inspired Hatha Flow and Judith Hanson Lasater for Restorative Yoga. I hold the following designations with Yoga Alliance: Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) & Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).
In addition, I'm always researching and reading up on yoga philosophy, yoga teaching skills, motherhood, and other subjects to deepen my experience, knowledge, and effectiveness as a yoga teacher.
In every class I teach, my intention is to offer alignment-focused instructions for a safe practice, invite ways to challenge and nourish the body and the mind, and create a nurturing and fun experience for everyone. I teach in San Diego, California.
I graduated with Latin Honors (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2008 after obtaining both my law degree (J.D.) and a Master of Law degree (LL.M.) in taxation, one of the best Tax LL.M. programs in the nation, in 3.5 years.
During law school, I received an academic scholarship, served as an Comment Editor for the San Diego International Law Journal, and received the highest GPA among the Tax LL.M. graduates. I took the summer of 2008 off to take the California Bar Exam (one of the toughest in the country) and passed on the first try. Phew! Did I mention there was an earthquake on the second (of third) day of the exam?
Prior to law school, I worked at a Top 10 (of Vault Law 100) law firm as a corporate law and litigation project assistant. After law school, I worked for a few years as a litigation associate at a boutique firm practicing class action and consumer protection law. Then, I transitioned into the Big Four public accounting firm world and devoted myself to mergers & acquisitions, tax due diligence, international structuring, and high net-worth clients.
Soon after my daughter's first birthday, I joined a global technology nonprofit organization as an in-house counsel. My practice has been focused on tax, contracts, nonprofit laws around the world, and a wide range of general business legal matters with the primary goal of protecting the organization to ensure its long-term success while helping other nonprofits maximize their potential to serve the public.
I live in San Diego, California, with my husband and our daughter, who inspires us to cherish time over material things, love without hesitation, and rest whenever possible. Also, we just welcomed a baby boy on February 1, 2018.
My passion includes my growing family, self-care for mamas, yoga, business and tax law, cute baby and fur baby photos, hilarious GIFs, traveling, delicious food (newly obsessed with my Instant Pot!), hosting big gatherings of family and friends, and savoring life by finding extraordinary in the most ordinary moments.
Do you have any questions for me? Please feel free to reach out. I'd love to hear from you.