Finding peace within has been a lifelong passion for Maya after having grown up in Beirut and left at the height of the Lebanese War. Driven by this passion, Maya practices and teaches compassion with the goal to help people bridge the gap between cultures and perspectives in order to foster better workspaces, relationships, and ultimately a more peaceful world.
Maya’s dedication to spreading compassion grew from her experience in the medical industry serving as a business manager. There she saw first hand the importance of leading meaningful, healthy, compassionate lives for disease prevention and stress reduction.
Motivated by her time in the medical industry, (and witnessing the burn out that providers and patients experience) in 2013 Maya became a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer by Stanford University’s Medical School. To compliment this training, she has also become a certified yoga teacher and is working to become an accredited Yoga Therapist.
Maya offers different trainings that cater to a number of interests from personal, to businesses, to non-profits. She has facilitated trainings at Brighton Jones, Yoga Beyond Bars, University of Washington’s Center for Children and Family Well-Being, Jewish Community Center, and a number of yoga studios.
Maya’s mission to spread compassionate action extends beyond her classroom. She has taught classes and workshops for Yoga Behind Bars and serves on the board of Space Between. Her yoga training is allowing her to make yoga accessable to different populations in the Seattle area.
Prior to studying compassion, Maya earned a B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut and a Masters in Marketing Communication from Boston University. This background enables her to bring an equally humanistic and analytical approach to compassion cultivation training.
Growing up in Beirut Maya became comfortable with languages and is fluent in English, French, and Arabic. Maya finds enrichment and enjoyment in exploring different world cultures and traditions.