About AJ

AnJenette Afridi, MA, ERYT-500, YACEP, is a Meditation & Mindfulness Master Teacher and the Creator of INHALE EXHALE SMILE . AnJenette holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology (MA), Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500), Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and more than three decades of credentials integrating evidence-based practices into easy to implement strategies that lead to desired outcomes.

AnJenette aka AJ has worked with corporations, hospitals, health centers, schools, and private clientele including adults and children. She is often featured at public and private events, and she hosts events as well. AJ's warmth, credibility, and energetic sense of humor create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

INHALE EXHALE SMILE  Meditation & Mindfulness Targeted Skills-Based Training for Adults and Children. Learn with AJ in person at her San Francisco Bay Area office or off-site, at an event, walkshop, by phone, or via video conferencing. 

Book AnJenette to speak at your next event. Her warmth, credibility, and energetic sense of humor will create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

LIFELONG PASSIONS

As a young teen, AnJenette was introduced to Transcendental Meditation which was popularized by the the Beatles. AJ experienced significant benefits of meditation first hand so she continued to study TM and practice for several years. Later, during her first semester at college she enrolled in a semester long class "The Art Meditation" offered by the philosophy department where she studied several additional meditation techniques as well as yoga. She still has the "The Art of Meditation" class notebook on her office bookshelf! She was hooked.

It was then during her undergrad studies at college that AnJenette was introduced to her mentor Dr. Herbert Benson MD, a Cardiologist, Harvard Medical School Professor, and pioneer in mind-body medicine research. Dr. Benson authored the iconic best-selling book, The Relaxation Response, that introduced meditation to mainstream medical. 

AJ's EARLY CAREER

AnJenette co-directed a San Francisco financial district health club for more than a decade where she managed staff and led popular movement, yoga, and wellness classes. Her interest and expertise in the field led her to entrepreneurial endeavors where she expanded her horizons by designing and directing programs for different populations:

  • Children's Special Needs Mindful Movement (where the children gave AnJenette the nickname "AJ")
  • Meditation and Visualization Training for Mensa International 
  • Hospital Prenatal Wellbeing & Resilience (by obstetrician referral only)
  • Stress Management for Executives
  • Emotional Intelligence and Resilience for Youth
  • Personal Wellbeing for Leaders
  • K-5 Mindful-Based Art & Music Appreciation

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Throughout AnJenette's career, the constant thread has been her dedication and commitment to furthering her understanding of the human condition. This led her to earn a master’s degree in psychology with a focus on psychological skills training, meditation, imagery, bio-feedback, stress management, resilience enhancement, yoga, and advanced human anatomy. In grad school, AJ had the privilege of dissecting four human cadavers. She held the brain in her hands. It was an experience she will never forget and feelings of gratitude stand out in her memory.

After her year-long graduate internship which was concurrent with her dissertation writing, AnJenette was presented with the Certificate of Honor Award for her graduate thesis and a Master's of Arts degree in Psychology.

POST GRADUATE STUDIES

AnJenette attended Mind-Body Medicine Clinical Training at Harvard Medical School in 2008 with the distinguished Dr. Herbert Benson, MD. In October 2018,  AJ returned to Harvard Medical School to further explore with Dr. Benson the Genomics and Epigenetics of Meditation, How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, The Role of Stress in Habit Formation, Advances in Mind Body Medicine, Placebo Effects in Medicine, Mindfulness in Children, Resilient Youth, and the Underlying Science and Biomedical Research in Yoga. Over the years, AJ has also continued her studies at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, The Esalen Institute, as well as online continuing education. 

DEGRESS/DESIGNATIONS

  • Master of Arts Degree, Psychology, (JFKU) 1997
  • Awarded Certificate of Honor for Graduate Thesis (JFKU) 1997
  • Coach University Graduate 2 Year CTP Program 2004
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP®
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher/ Yoga Alliance ERYT-500® (2002)

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Psychological Association (APA) - Member since 1996
  • Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine - Member
  • TED TALKS Ed

2018/19 CONTINUING EDUCATION

MINDFULNESS and ADHD
An Integrative Approach to Care with Dr. Mark Bertin
September 17, 2019

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
The Herbert Benson MD Course in Mind Body Medicine
October 25-27, 2018
(24 CE Hours)

MIND, MOOD, & FOOD: Optimal Nutrition for Body & Brain
Presented by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine
James S. Gordon, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN
Esalen Institute, Big Sur California
April 15-20, 2018  (26 CE Hours) 

MINDFUL SCHOOLS (40 CE hours)
Mindful Fundamentals
Mindful Educator Essentials
Mindful Communication
Difficult Emotions

THE BROKEN BRAIN
Dr. Mark Hyman
8 Part Docuseries

SOCIAL GOOD

AnJenette is co-founder of the Round Hill Country Club Triathlon with her husband, now in its 6th year. All proceeds are distributed to a wounded veterans program. AnJenette is founder of a women’s social charity now in its third year with 100% of contributions distributed to various charities.

"When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace."

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