MAYA MICHELLE wears many hats. And she likes it. There is an old adage, “Jack of all trades, Master of none.” This was a trite tale that kept her always separating and disguising her many talents.
Maya’s varied interests and ability to master multiple skillsets might be due to the fact that she was born left-handed, grew up ambidextrous, shifted from state to state in the USA, speaks 3 languages and has lived in 6 countries. So maybe her brain works a bit differently. Or maybe, as she discovered while living in Indonesia, there are actually many people who speak multiple languages and manage to excel at multiple passions.
Maya’s varied interests and stubbornness to pursue all of her interests started when she was young. As a graduate of Northwestern University, Maya began her studies with two years of Civil Engineering before switching to Performance and Communication Studies. All the while, she spent her free time as a Health & Wellness Advocate, as a liaison with the Student Health Clinic.
Maya was on the advisory board for Marriott Food Services, as a forerunner for combining health, wellness, and nutritious, tasty meals for students. Plus, she chaired the Student Health Aide Programs. In addition to teaching CPR and first aide, she also led Sexual Health Education workshops and counseled survivors of Sexual Assault. But enough with the past, let’s fast forward to now…
Maya Michelle is a Certified Iyengar®Yoga Teacher with three years and over 3000 hours of rigorous training, study, and apprenticeship. She’s a student of Christian Pisano (Nice, France) one of only two recipients worldwide to receive the Senior Advanced title from Yogacharya BKS Iyengar before his passing. She’s passionate about her practice and fascinated by the body, and has continued her practice and study in Pune at RIMYI and in professional development training programs with Iyengar Senior Teachers: June Whittaker Pisano, Judith Adank, Carole Beillargeon, Olop Arpipi.
Maya is also a trauma release practitioner and a health and nutrition coach. In addition to yoga, she’s spent the last decade teaching and assisting others with their health and well-being, as they realize their full potential. Practicing with a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (CIYT) is an excellent way to understand, release and/or manage specified physical and mental injury or pain, to strengthen the immune system, correct misalignments in the mind and body, and to improve ones general overall health.
As a trauma release practitioner, Maya listens deeply to her clients. She understands that the most important part of trauma release and emotional processing is being witnessed, held safely and listened to. She applies multi-modality techniques, whatever is appropriate for the session, to aid her clients in experiencing relief, decluttering the conscious and subconscious mind. She’s a certified practitioner of Usui Reiki, 8-Breath Pranayama, Trauma Release, Metaphysical Anatomy Technique, NLP, Hypnosis, and Source Awakening.
Maya is said to have a gentle and very subtle touch, while utilizing a very incisive intuition. She combines all of her knowledge of more than a decade of studying and practice, helping her clients find the safe space needed to process completely what was buried, but is still affecting the trajectory of life. With sensitivity and skill, Maya competently and carefully assists clients in seeing beyond the symptoms and addressing the core root of their problems.
As a health, wellness and nutrition coach Maya is aware that no one diet is right for everyone. While she used to be very opinionated about food, and has been plant-based for over 25 years, Maya understands that food choices are personal and to be respected. Maya has spent years working with clients with their unique goals to establish their desired weight and maintain it or to transition their diets into plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, raw, or gluten free.
Maya understands that each person has their own relationship and journey with food. Diet and nourishment is dependent upon a variety of lifestyle factors. Her own fasting routines spanning from 1 to 28 days have helped her to fully integrated this understanding. Maya helps her clients to figure out their own personal culture of eating. She informs clients of how food can be medicine, while also guiding clients into establishing their unique food lifestyle, one that gives energy and pleasure, one that supports their needs and their goals.
Pathway to Healing
Maya Michelle’s own pathway to healing began after years of suffering from chronic illness and body aches and finding little to no relief or solution from allopathic medicine. A road accident brought her to study Tai Chi Chuan and also led her to an NSA Chiropractor, who sent her to Iyengar Yoga. Asthma and chronic sinusitis introduced her to Pranayama, creating dramatic changes to her personality, her health, her work and her relationships. Excess candida and chronic constipation guided her to Family Constellations and Integrated Nutrition. Heartache after the end of a 16-year partnership led her to he Sacred Lands of Peru and Bali. Her travels and experiences have facilitated her understanding that healing paths are indivual and unfold true to their own design. As such, she combines the wisdom of both Eastern and Western science, tradition and ancient philosophy to create unique programs that complement each healing journey and inspire long term transformation.
Often mixing modalities to honor the unique needs of each client, Maya has been teaching classes, coaching and facilitating retreats, bootcamps and workshops since 2010 in France, Italy, Peru, Ecuador, and Bali. She has worked with many personal development coaches on luxury retreats with varying themes including but not limited to:
• Vegan, vegetarian, local and raw food
• Fasting, cleansing
• Men’s personal development and healing
• Women’s personal development and healing
• Usui Reiki & Theta Healing
• Metaphysical Anatomy Technique
• Balinese Sacred Healing
• Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
• Hypnosis Therapy
• Sacred Indigenous Medicinal Journeys
• Family Constellations
With over 20 years experience in health and wellness, combined with her Iyengar background, Maya weaves unique retreat programs, workshops, individual healing sessions and yoga sequences that engage clients to reach their fullest potential. She will take you into retreat to reconnect and align with clarity, guiding you with careful intention and focus, to achieve your vision of peace, ease, and passion.
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