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AnJenette

AnJenette Afridi, MA, YACEP, ERYT-500, is a Health Psychology Expert, Speaker, and Author with four 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 adults and children. 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. Work with AJ in person at her office or offsite, at an event, by phone, or via video conferencing.

AnJenette’s lifelong passion for nutrition, psychology, movement, meditation, and yoga began at a very early age. Growing up in a household with her gradmama who was a chef, restaurant owner, and gardener, AnJenette was introduced to the value of wholesome foods at birth. 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.

Paul McCartney: “I believe that in the future meditation could be as commonplace in schools and society as eco-awareness is now. Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time." 

During her first semester at college AnJenette studied various 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 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 club for more than a decade where she managed and trained staff, directed the volunteer program, and led fitness, yoga, nutrition, and meditation classes. Her interest and expertise in the field led her to entrepreneurial endeavors where she expanded her horizons by working with different populations, including directing a children's special needs creative movement program (where the children gave AnJenette the nickname "AJ"), a hospital prenatal wellness program by obstetrician referral only, a “Free To Be Me” program for adolescents, and a K-5 mindful based art and music appreciation program.

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.

AnJenette attended Mind-Body Medicine Clinical Training at Harvard Medical School in 2008 with the distinguished Dr. Herbert Benson, MD. In October 2018, AnJenette 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.

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

Affiliations
  • American Psychological Association (APA) - Member since 1996
  • National Wellness Institute Member
  • TED TALKS Ed
Designations
  • Master of Arts Degree in 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)

2018 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 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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