Maya Nader is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. After earning her BA in Political Science from the American University in Beirut, she moved to the US in 1989, at the height of the Lebanese War. As she continued her quest for peace in her country and region, Maya obtained a master’s degree in Communication and Marketing from Boston University. She speaks French, Arabic, and English and is grateful for the cultural richness these languages encompass. Through this lens, Maya views compassion as a bridge between cultures and religions and as the cornerstone of a more peaceful world. Maya currently teaches CCT at the UW Center for Children and Family Wellbeing, and to the urban Seattle yoga community. Maya continues to practice self-help and assist others with broadening compassion, which ultimately creates opportunities for peace. -See all certified CCT teachers at: http://ccare.stanford.edu/education/cct-directory#wa
Compassion Cultivation Through Yoga Movement
Maya is currently teaching yoga classes at the Women’s prison in Gig Harbor. Yoga movement and meditation can teach us to mindfully connect to the world around and within us. In tree pose, the sole of the foot channels the resources of the earth, grounding us with strength, and courage. The arms branch out and allow creativity and imagination to flow outwards. In Virabrasana 2, we allow the grit and determination of the warrior in us to arise.
Oneness with Our Environment
Our environment is under human threat; we need to redefine ourselves as stewards rather than owners of this land. Maya believes in decreasing the amount of hard surfaces covering the land, so that more habitats may be available to the flora and fauna that sustain us. We must also decrease the pressures on water and air supplies, so they may continue to nurture us and the future generations. Maya completed environmental management classes in the Harvard Extension Program, to better understand the environmental challenges facing us. She is passionate about nature, and loves to be outdoors, especially taking walks with her dog, Luna.