About AJ

AnJenette Afridi, M.A. is a Health Psychology Expert, Speaker, and Advocate in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and has more than three decades of expertise in the field. AnJenette teaches Meditation, Mindfulness, and Mindful Wholesome Eating. AJ has worked with corporations, hospitals, health centers, schools, and private clientele including adults and adolescents. You can work with AJ in person at her office or off-site, by phone, or online via video conferencing.

AnJenette’s lifelong passion for the study of Psychology, Meditation, and Nutrition began at a very early age. Growing up in a household with her gradmama who was a chef, restaurant owner, and gardener, AnJenettte was introduced to the joy of cooking and the value of wholesome foods at birth. (She has a burnt orange Champion Juicer on her kitchen counter that she purchased new when the color burnt orange was in style!)

At age 15, 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 study of psychology. As a teenager, her introduction to meditation studies were in Transcendental Meditation (TM) which was popularized by the Beatles. During her first semester in college she studied various secular, medically-based, meditation methods in a course entitled “The Art of Meditation". These studies were so impactful on her life that she retained the blue notebook from the course and it resides on her office bookshelf. It was then that she was introduced to the work of her lifelong mentor Dr. Herbert Benson, a Cardiologist, Harvard Medical School Professor, and Pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine who authored the iconic best-selling book, The Relaxation Response, which introduced meditation to mainstream medical.

Early in her career, AnJenette co-directed a San Francisco financial district health and wellness club for more than a decade. Her interest and expertise in the field led her to expand her horizons by working with different populations, including directing a special needs mindful movement program (where the children gave AnJenette the nickname "AJ"), a hospital prenatal wellness program by obstetrician referral only, and a mindfulness based emotional intelligence program for adolescents. From there, AJ turned to entrepreneurial ventures, owning and operating two wellness companies, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST and GOT COACHED?®

Throughout AnJenette’s dynamic 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, anatomy, and nutrition. 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, AnJenette was presented with the Certificate of Honor Award for her Graduate Thesis in 1997.

AnJenette completed Mind-Body Medicine Clinical Training at Harvard Medical School in 2008 with her mentor, the distinguished Dr. Herbert Benson, MD. In October 2018, AnJenette will be returning to Harvard Medical School to once again study with Dr. Benson.

Dr. Benson: “The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body. We can either change the complexities of life, or develop ways that enable us to cope more effectively.”

AnJenette: “This is central to my belief that wellbeing is attained through a deep understanding of mind and body, and daily actions that support optimal health for both. I teach my clients how to integrate and practice Meditation, Mindfulness, and Mindful Wholesome Eating to bring about life-sustaining change."

A highly sought after trainer and speaker, AnJenette is often featured at public and closed-door events, and she hosts events as well. Her warmth and credibility, not to mention energetic sense of humor, create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

 

The following are AnJenette’s additional Credentials, 2018 Continuing Education, Current Reads, and Social Good:

Designations
  • Awarded Certificate of Honor for Graduate Thesis 1997
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP
  • Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher ERYT-500 (2002)
Affiliations
  • American Psychological Association (APA) - Member since 1996
  • National Wellness Institute Member
  • TED TALKS Ed

2018 Continuing Education
MIND, MOOD, & FOOD: Optimal Nutrition for the Brain
Presented by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Esalen Institute, Big Sur California
April 15-20, 2018  (26 CE Hours)

THE BROKEN BRAIN
Dr. Mark Hyman
8 Part Docuseries

STANFORD UNIVERSITY School of Medicine
Child Nutrition & Cooking
Maya Adam, MD: "Our children are in trouble, because we've outsourced the job of feeding them. The average American diet consists of about 70% processed food."

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

Current Reads
Altered States
Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
Daniel Goleman (2017) 

The Hacking of the American Mind
The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

Robert Lustig (2017)

The Craving Mind
From Cigarettes to Smart Phones to Love
Judson Brewer (2017)

Food
What the Heck Should I Eat?
Dr. Mark Hyman (2018)

Social Good
AnJenette is involved with various charities and not-for-profit organizations. Whether it’s through monetary donations or helping organizations run charitable events, AJ is committed to giving back.

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