• Finding inner peace through Meditation

    While I am writing this blog at the LAX airport, I came to realization that I am finally able to find my inner peace … through meditation. Through out my 4 months of Masters of Wisdom and Meditation teacher training with DavidJi, I’ve learned about myself deeper as a person – a daughter, a wife, a daughter-in-law, a friend, a leader, a teacher, a coach,  a mentor, and a helper to others.  I also admit that I have battled my inner-self continuously on this very personal meditation journey, questioning who I am as a person and my ability to teach meditation to others. “Why do thoughts come in and out…

  • 10-Minute Yoga to Reduce Workplace Stress

    Every January, major magazines throughout the world publish stress-related articles with good intentions.  Often, they try to empathize the importance of well-being, and heavy costs that U.S. corporations are paying to address employees’ stress at work.  In 2015, Forbes estimated workplace stress are costing up to $190B in annual U.S. healthcare spending, because stress could lead to trouble with sleeping, headaches, and other health issues. At the mixed-level vinyasa yoga class I teach, I often target poses that help my students to relieve stress and re-align their spines.  In traditional yoga perspectives, stress can be reduced by slower-breathing and chest-opening poses that calm minds and stretch lungs. If you are feeling anxious or…

  • Creating Awareness in Daily life

    Last night, I had a “lengthy” discussion with my husband regarding public perceptions of the words, Awareness and Self-Awareness.  In his mind, both words sound like a textbook-term and also hard for the public to relate to. Let’s take a look at definitions according to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Awareness  is the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact; Self-Awareness is conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. For me – as a coach, a yoga instructor, and a senior leader at a Fortune-10 company – I believe having self-awareness (knowing who you are by paying attention to self) is one of the cornerstones to improving ourselves and creating positive outcomes in…

  • Peace of Mind and Compassion

    The Dalai Lama recently celebrated his 80th birthday at the Global Compassion Summit at the UC Irvine. In the interview he had with Ann Curry, the Dalai Lama talked about the only gift he would wish for his birthday is that people pay more attention to their own emotions and minds, and be compassionate.  With self-awareness, we all can eventually bring “peace of mind”  back in life. The word, compassion, has been talked about so much lately in the recent months.  The dictionary defines compassion as “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others”. Sounds easy, but how? Truly, meditation could be the simplest avenue that helps us clear our…

  • Meditation & Yoga

    The true purpose of yoga is to discover that aspect of your being that can never be lost. — Deepak Chopra Michelle first discovered yoga through bikram yoga, while living in New York City.  She instantly fell in love with physical and mental challenges that asana-based yoga provided. With increasing stress from work, Michelle turned to meditation and yoga, to connect her mind and body and put peace back in her life. Michelle is Yoga Alliance RYT200 certified with ashtanga and vinyasa, and RYT30 certified with Ying Yoga.  Michelle is also a certified Meditation Teacher through DavidJi Master of Wisdom & Meditation. Michelle hopes that her meditation and yoga teaching can help…