About AJ

AnJenette  Afridi,  MA

AnJenette Afridi, MA, YACEP, ERYT-500, is a Wellbeing Expert, Speaker, Author, and Advocate with more than three decades of expertise in Meditation and Mindful-Based Programs for Optimal Wellbeing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology (MA), Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500).

AnJenette has worked with corporations, hospitals, health centers, schools, and private clientele including children and adults. She is often featured at public and closed-door events, and she hosts events as well. AJ's warmth and credibility, not to mention energetic sense of humor, create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

Learn with AJ in person at her San Francisco Bay Area office or off-site, at an event, by phone, or via video conferencing.

Lifelong Passion

At age 14, AnJenette read the book The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. "Change your thoughts and you change your world", thus igniting her passion for the exploration of studies of the mind. As a young teen, AJ was introduced to Transcendental Meditation which was popularized by the Beatles. These TM studies spurred her on to continue her meditation studies at college where she studied several additional forms of meditation.

It was then during her undergrad studies that AnJenette was introduced to the work of 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.

HER EARLY CAREER

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

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

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Throughout her 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, resiliency; psychopathology; child psychology; human development; and 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.

During grad school, she also pursued specialized studies in the subjects of ADHD and eating disorders. 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, Restorative Yoga, and Resilient Youth. 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.

Degrees/Designations

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

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA) - Member since 1996
  • National Wellness Institute Member
  • TED TALKS Ed

2018/19 Continuing Education

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 second year with 100% of contributions distributed to various charities.

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