Hi Sweet Sister,
Welcome to MaMaitri. I created this sacred, safe and nurtuting space for women about 3 years ago, after feeling a great inclination to connect more with women within my field. It has been a great personal healing journey as well as a professional niche I feel most passionate about. I feel so honored to have listened to this calling; leading to a global community of women I now call fellow sisters.
In order to have compassion for others,
we must first have compassion for ourselves
~ Meagan McCrary ~
MAITRI is a Sanskrit word, one of 4 virtues of Buddhism & a fundamental aspect of Yoga Philosophy. It is the teaching of non-violence (ahimsa) towards all beings, including oneself. Developing maitri helps us move away from judgment & criticism, and more towards unconditional friendliness & loving-kindness with ourselves, that in turn helps us find mental equanimity & acceptance, connecting with our inner divinity!!
MAMA, though taking many variations & forms, only one true meaning. A universal word for all wonderful, caring, giving, forever loving beings gifted on this earth to take care & guide all earthlings. You don't have to have children of your own to be a mother-figure. You are a mother to your friendly dog, your ever growing garden of blossoming plants, an aunt, a teacher. Mothering qualities are embedded in you from the beginning of your conception; the moment you were chosen to take the form of a woman on this earth; gifted with a sacred womb space. We have a deep alignment with Mother Earth; and honored to say a continuum of womb connectedness.
"Every journey starts from within"
For years I envisioned a safe space for connection, expression and unity with other women. I had great difficulty to find this, even more during my own fertility struggles or becoming a new mom, therefore as a visionary, I felt the need to create it. MaMaitri has now allowed me to bring my vision to reality through;
My deepest mission is to be of service, to share my knowledge, personal experience and professional expertise, to guide women and help them open up to their own endless potential that was there to begin with! It is an emotionally very rewarding and touching process I feel very honored and humbled to be trusted with, and always look forward to watching women;
Ever since I was a little girl, music, movement & art have always formed a critical part of my life, a means of expression & release; my go-to safe space! My intrigue for the spiritual world, the empathic connection I had towards others & my constant urge to help others started at an even younger age.
Growing up in Greece, to a Greek dad & Maltese mom, I lived a childhood filled with constant music & the arts, traditions, culture & exquisite cuisine. At the age of 9, my family & I moved to Malta, a beautiful Mediterranean Island. My love for the arts grew fonder, though with great dedication and very hard work, anxiety creeped in. At 16, I was blessed to earn a 3 year scholarship to further my studies in dance & the performing arts, in the UK. Those years were spent perfecting my passions, preparing & working for the tough industry I had already been a part of from a very young age.
After traveling & working around the world as a professional dancer, aerialist & performing artist, I met my soulmate on a cruise line. Me; a dancer/aerialist, he; a Greek Captain. We instantly fell in-love and little did I know that my expectations for the future would take a very unexpected though wonderful turn - moving back to Greece, living together, earning a BSc Hons in Psychology, teaching & choreographing, getting married & growing a family together! Our little ones were born in 2012 & 2014, a blessing from above!!
Although at first everything seemed so perfectly aligned, unknown to my conscious at the time, I was so overwhelmed as a new mama of a toddler & a newborn baby. Unfortunately, that very familiar feeling of anxiety, topped with postpartum depression took-over, as well as some underlying history of eating disorder & body dismorphia that I had hidden from the world & myself for years! Taking care of myself finally took a priority & after a combination of therapy, daily yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing & ayurvedic treatments, what seemed like stuck in a deep hole, took over 3 years of re-discovery & growth.
In 2016, we decided to move to the US after living in Greece & traveling around the world for over 7 years! This would potentially help us grow as a family & individually both personally & professionally!! The journey of becoming a teacher & helping others became a daily need & life was somewhat normalizing. Though to our surprise, in 2016 & 2017 we suffered 2 miscarriages (the latter leading to a very necessary but devastating D&C procedure after a missed-miscarriage) and finding ourselves visiting IVF specialists & discussing adoption! We knew we wanted more kids but somehow, something was telling us perhaps it is not the right time?
Life is full of the unexpected and un-explainable! The high, the lows, and all the in-between.
Sister, I hear you, I feel for you! We all have our own journey to go through, though it would only make this unique journey a little sweeter with some great support, encouragement & understanding!
I have been dreaming for this global-community of women for years & I am so thrilled to be of service, to encourage, listen, support, guide, teach & help you thrive, grow, overcome & find your balance, self & grow to the Wonderful Woman you are deep inside!!!!
Student for life
Life Coach (The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, UK)
Holistic Health & Wellness Coach (AFPA, USA)
Holistic Nutritional Consultant (AFPA, USA)
Fertility Health Coach (Brilliant Birth Academy, USA)
Pre- & Postnatal Coach (Girls Gone Strong, USA)
BSc Hons in Psychology (University of Derby, UK)
Counselling Skills (The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, UK)
Certified Trauma Support Specialist (Arizona Trauma Institute, USA)
NLP Master Practitioner (The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, UK)
CBT Practitioner (The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, UK)
REBT (Dr. Elmira Strange)
DBT (Dr. Elmira Strange)
Gestalt Psychotherapy (Dr. Elmira Strange)
SFBT (Dr. Barry Winbolt)
Ho'oponopono Practitioner (Dr. Joe Vitale)
Law of Attraction Practitioner (Dr. Joe Vitale)
Building a women's circle (Katherine Cunningham)
Advanced Yoga Teacher & Ayurvedic Studies (RYT500, RPYT, RCYT)
Barre (Barre Certification, USA)
Pilates Mat (Pilates Certification Online, USA)
Women's Functional Mobility Specialist
Mindfulness Practitioner (The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, UK
Reiki Master (Attuned by Lisa Powers)
Crystal Reiki Master (Attuned by Lisa Powers)
Reiki & Colour Therapy (Libby Seery & Lisa Powers)
Kids Reiki (Aimee Phlegar)
Chakra Therapeutics (Alanna Kaivalya)
Hypnotherapy Certificate (The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, UK
Numerology Practitioner (Angelifish Academy)
Sound Therapy & Sound Healing Practitioner (Soulremember Academy)
Advanced Bach Flower Remedies (Luna Holistic Academy)
Advanced Angel Healing (Luna Holistic Academy)
Astrology (Luna Holistic Academy)