• Empowering Youth via Africa Yoga Project

    6 years ago, I embarked on a journey of making a change in my own wellbeing – contentment, health, and happiness.  Since then, yoga has been one of my wellbeing tools that helped me accept my limitations, recognize my strengths, and let go of my frustrations. Yoga gives me a more positive outlook while facing the unpredictability of life. Being an ambassador of Africa Yoga Project (AYP) gives me the opportunity to share yoga as a wellbeing tool with others, while giving back to the communities. Africa Yoga Project (AYP), based in Nairobi, has done an amazing job across Africa and its mission is to empower youth to step into their greatness as global wellbeing leaders and build…

  • How I changed my wellbeing

    I decided to make a change in my own wellbeing, while I was on a trip in Italy in 2012 and in between jobs. If you had asked me 6 years ago what wellbeing looked like, I would have described an image of a confident woman or man, who looked well-built and active, with a big smile on her or his face at all time.  And, that was an image many New Yorkers, including myself, were chasing.  Fast-forward to today, if you ask me the same question regarding wellbeing, I would certainly describe a woman or man, regardless her or his body shape and size, who feels comfortable, healthy, and…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…