Guys. Girls. Men. Women.
Some of you may know me as a professional dancer whose class you may have taken, or who you may have seen on stage or at the art studio performing or hostessing. Some of you may know me as the girl whispering through song behind the ukulele or guitar or keyboard.
And just a few of you have come forward to seek coaching from me. Twenty years ago, if I was sitting in my room as a young teen thinking about what I would be doing in my 30’s, I would have NEVER guessed that I would have had clients pursue me to teach them what I know. But lo and behold, nearly every single private client I have had has come seeking me, not the other way around. Sometimes the universe keeps on giving us signs until WE GET IT.
Well, universe. I get it.
I’m over here watching YouTube videos made by some super awesome people out in L.A. and the common theme that keeps jumping out at me is to freaking LIVE MY DREAM and LIVE MY DREAM NOW. Stop the excuses! So here I am today, writing this blog, feeling like I just need to STOP thinking that I am not good enough to be your coach. I picked up a 9-5 job for the SECOND time only in my adult life just a few weeks ago because I want the means to take better care of myself. It’s working out great, but I also CRAVE the authentic connection that I am honored to create and nurture in the context of a coach. It is SUCH an honor to facilitate healing, growth and transformation for others.
So here I am, going out on a limb and saying to you: I AM WORTHY OF BEING YOUR COACH. But before I get into why I feel this way, I will share with you what others have said which has helped me realize that I am not deluded to believe that I can help you help yourself.
- Chien is a healer of a different league. I have never met someone who could tell me so much about myself just by watching me breathe. She is powerful, intuitive, patient and compassionate. I believe we all need guide like this at some point in our lifetime. – Sila A.
Chienhwe is magic. She helped me connect my energy body with my physical body through the use of guided imagery, breath practices and skillful hands-on assists. She’s down to earth, responsive, direct and understands the body and movement on many levels. She holds a huge space of possibility for you to step into your next best self and guides you to your vision of your highest self. – Karuna O.
When I first took one of Chienhwe’s classes, I was heart broken. I needed some serious self love and confidence. The transformation of my emotions from the start of class to walking out of the studio were unbelievable! I felt strong and self assured, yoga makes me feel confident and peaceful. I immediately noticed Chienhwe’s class specifically did more for me than the other classes I was attending at the time. And after some private classes I continued to feel better and better in many ways. The physical results (I immediately noticed my core muscles get tighter and stronger after 2 classes) are a bonus to the amazing mind and heart healing powers of Chienhwe’s classes. Chienhwe has taught me how important and life changing connecting to my breath is and I am so very thankful for her!!’ – Michellle Tusini, student
WARNING: after Chienhwes class you are newborn and YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH YOGA; becoming flexible is just a side affect! It only took one class with Chienhwe to understand I am now on journey toward enlightenment. For me this all revolves around “self love.” Now, with Chienhwe’s guidance, I feel a deeper connection with my source of love that could only come from within and feel a deeper love for others as well as my self also, accepting the truth. I felt so good after taking one yoga class with Chienhwe I immediately signed up for Yoga 101. There was such a wonderful connection with Chienhwe, she is more than a yoga instructor or friend but an Angel with a wonderful gift…..She has to be, after all it’s like stepping off a cloud after she works with you! – Linda Holt age 41
I have been working with Chienhwe and it’s really been a magical experience for me. We talk, we breathe, we do yoga and I am able to go to places I’ve never been before with 10 years of therapy. Chienhwe creates such a safe and loving space for me so that I’ve been able to some really wonderful healing and have grown so much in such a short amount of time. I look forward to our next visit to see what other miracles await me!!! Thank you Chienhwe. – Kerri Pearlman, Yoga 101
When I came in for my consultation with Chienhwe the tension in my neck and shoulders was probably visible. She sat me down, asked me what I wanted to get from yoga and what areas I wanted to focus on, and immediately started me in on the appropriate stretches and poses. Within minutes, I felt my entire body relax. I left the class feeling calm, peaceful and grounded. It took me 3 years after buying a yoga mat to actually use it, and after 1 class with Chienhwe, I’m hooked. – Alyssa, new to yoga
‘I am so excited to have met Chienhwe and I loved her class. I was transformed by the power of my breath and movement and connection to both. I felt light and strong after class. I have no tension in my body now today and my mind feels centered and clear today. I love breathing now. I am looking forward to working in the 101 for yoga that starts next week for me. I am a Chienhwe fan now. I really like Chienhwe. She has the perfect balance of softness and strength as a teacher for me and I can listen to her voice naturally. I appreciate her overall style and way of teaching. Namaste!’ – Suzanne Hickey-Massage Therapist
‘I just had my first private session for the new Yoga 101 with Chienhwe and I feel AMAZING. I am a 42 yr old single mom of a 4.5 and a 3 yr old. I dont have a lot of me time and wanted to get back to healthy. This was without question the BEST thing I could have ever done for myself and my children. The value of a healthy body mind and spirit is priceless. Thank you Chienhwe and I am so looking forward to a “lighter me”.’ Jenn Connors-Hanoian, Yoga 101 client
‘Over the past 10 years, I have taken many yoga classes and have had diverse learning experiences, many of them mediocre and a few of them great. Chienhwe stands out as one of the best teachers I’ve practiced with, and has inspired me to stay with Yoga. I would recommend her as a teacher in group classes or private sessions, to anyone looking for a great workout, a strengthened self-image and even deep transformation. I wish I could take a class with her tomorrow.” – Shaun Sellers, private client
Chienhwe’s soothing voice and quiet but authoritative manner in which she instructs are very encouraging. At the beginning of every class Chienhwe asks how we want to feel when the class is ended. Whether I chose to feel calm, peaceful, energized or happy, it always worked!. – Donna, student
The most important thing Chienhwe taught us was to breath consciously and slowly which in turn slows the pace of our actions and our thoughts. Case in point – I just returned from a vacation camping on Cape Breton. If you have traveled there, you know the roads are very twisty and steep. Chienhwe’s breathing technique helped to quiet my fear as we climbed higher and dipped further than I have ever been before. – Lynne C., student
Okay, so if you’ve made it this far, then I want to say thank you. And I sense that you have a calling within you, a longing to connect to something deeper inside of you but you may not know how. You’ve tried therapy, diets, thought leaders, gurus, self-help, but something is still missing. Well, guess what? The only thing that’s missing is you. You wanna connect deeper to you, but you’re searching outside yourself for answers. Self-actualization doesn’t work this way though. We have to be brave enough to go within.
For so long, since I started working with private clients, I didn’t know what to call myself. Was I a yoga teacher? Yes, but not just a yoga teacher. Was I an inspirational coach? Yes, I got consistent feedback that that’s something that I have been able to provide. Was I a martial arts teacher? Dance teacher? Check to all the above, but not limited to them… Then, in a feedback session with a recent client, I said, “I’m like your spirit doula…” AND IT DAWNED ON ME. That’s it. Spirit Doula. I facilitate the birth of your spirit back into your body, back into your being, but the work is entirely yours. The sweat, the tears, the labor, all on you. But I’m there to talk you through what you may expect, how you can breathe through it, and what strange things you may be feeling.
So why would one want someone to help birth their spirit back into their body or being? Here’s what I’ve witnessed in my 10 years of working as a personal coach:
- we have not been taught how to properly breathe through life’s daily struggles
- the body remembers and stores everything that happens to it
- most women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, trauma or abuse that has held back the ability to experience true health, wealth or joy
- this world is so focused on the external – how we look, how much money we have, what our status in life is etc. that we have lost the way to our internal guidance
- intuition is not valued the way empiricism is valued in modern day society
- the personal development industry is a BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY, and yet there are still amazing people I meet on a daily basis who are stuck, confused, depressed, suicidal, addictive etc.
Friends, here’s where I come in. But first, I have to tell you a secret: I never in a million years would have imagined that I would one day be a life coach. All of the clients that I have had have arrived at my proverbial doorstep. I never sought after a single one. Not a one. It was from word of mouth that this person told the other person about my class and requested to work with me privately because that’s the only time we could meet because of our schedules, or because this person saw me perform and told me that they had to learn from me how I could move with such peace and grace and stillness, or because I posted a video or photo of me dancing and they said, “I wanna learn from you – teach me how to get into my body!” And I always said yes. And the results were always incredible. Humbling. Electrifying.
Time is precious. You are precious. I won’t tell you how to feel. I won’t tell you you’re wrong. I won’t judge you. I will see you, hear you, listen to you, and guide you to YOURSELF. Then you take the leap. And I’m there to catch you when you fall.
And I’ll end by saying this: LET ME BE YOUR SPIRIT DOULA. Book a session with me.