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Tosca started her academic studies at Reed College in Portland Oregon, United States (US) where she was first introduced to yoga and meditation. Over the subsequent six years, she worked with a collaborative of research scientists and yoga/meditation practitioners at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge Massachusetts, US. During this time, she developed initial competency as a facilitator of mindfulness and compassion-based techniques, and managed several pilot studies of yoga-based programs that incorporated self-compassion while earning a second Bachelors degree in Psychology. She then enrolled in a PhD program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, USA where she continued her research, teaching, and program development pursuits. Tosca currently lives in Seoul, South Korea where she enjoys related endeavors. She plans to return to the US to complete her PhD in 2018.