MICHAEL JAMES WONG /// FOUNDER, AUTHOR, YOGI, HUMAN
"Michael James Wong is a student, a teacher,
a humble soul brother and a visionary leader.
As a student and as a teacher, his respect of the
traditions is his priority, and as a person he is deeply dedicated to creating conversation
and conscious community.
Globally, his work with mindfulness in worldly living
is much needed, and I trust him to bring fun, wit and elegance to the modern practices of yoga."
Elena Brower, Mama, Teacher, Author, Speaker
"MICHAEL JAMES WONG IS
THE FEARLESS LEADER OF A MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE;
TO BRING MORE MEN TO THE PRACTICE OF YOGA.
HE IS AN INSPIRATIONAL IN THIS GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF MEN
AND WOMEN SEARCHING TO "FIND YOUR TRUE NORTH"
A CALLING TO A PRACTICE THAT HELPS YOU NAVIGATE LIFE
AS YOUR BEST SELF.
ON BEHALF OF WANDERLUST, I THANK MICHAEL FOR THE KEY ROLE HE PLAYS IN CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE."
- JONNI HALSTEAD,
PARTNER & DIRECTOR,
WANDERLUST AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
Michael James Wong is a professional human being, a man on a mission to break down barriers, smash stereotypes and bring the global wellness community together in a calmer & quieter conversation.
Michael is the founder and vision before BOYS OF YOGA, JUST BREATHE & SUNDAY SCHOOL YOGA, organisations aimed to create community, connection & quiet in the real world. A lifestyle & wellness advocate, community leader, international yoga & meditation teacher and acclaimed speaker an d author of Sit Down, Be Quiet, Michael is recognised around the world as a leading voice in the global wellness movement for modern mindfulness.
A New Zealand born, Los Angeles native, now based in London, Michael’s passion is to inspire the masses about the benefits of a mindful way of living every single day.
Michael’s relationship within the wellness community spans over the past 15 years & his work is heavily influenced by some of the most inspiring modern teachers, spiritual leaders & global influencers in todays society.
- YOGA -
On the mat, Michael is an international yoga & meditation teacher, YACEP & CPD trainer in the USA & US that aims to teach traditional yoga concepts with a modern day attitude that is accessible for all.
Michael's greatest influences are his own teachers, mentors & friends; Bryan Kest, Duncan Peak, Jase Te Patu, Travis Eliot, Elena Brower, Rod Stryker, Annie Carpenter, Jonni Pollard & many more. Currently based in London, Michael’s purpose in yoga is to curate an experience on the mat that has a greater benefit for the lives of his students off the mat.
In his most recent adventures, Michael has lead the masses at JUST BREATHE; London's mass meditation events at The British Museum, The Shard & more, and has taught throughout the world at conference, festivals & workshops; Balance Festival London, Swiss Yoga Conference, Prana Festival Sweden, Obonjan Festival, Yoga Games Sweden, Copenhagen Yoga Festival, Udaya Live, Yogafest Amsterdam, GoodRoots London, Happinez Festival, Fare Healthy London and many more.
Most notably, Michael has been part of the Wanderlust family since 2015, teaching speaking and presenting at countless festivals & events. In recent years Michael has headlined Wanderlust London 108, Wanderlust Croatia, Australia & New Zealand Wanderlust 108 (2016), lead events in Los Angeles with Wanderlust Studios x BOYS OF YOGA & presented Wanderlust 108 NYC (2015) supporting Dharma Mittra & MC Yogi. Michael will continue to share throughout 2018 at Wanderlust Dasch, UK & EMEA.
In 2018 Michael will present at Wanderlust London & Berlin leading both yoga & meditation
Behind the scenes Michael works with the UK medical & wellness community developing the first Clinical Mindfulness Program to serve as complimentary treatment for auditory lose & cognitive degradation across the country. Michael is the resident Wellness Director and Programs Facilitator for cubex.co.uk, a London based Hearing & Health Clinic.
As a wellness advocate & yoga ambassador, Michael works helps to guide & consult businesses that authentically represent Yoga in the modern world. Michael's friends, partners & supporters include; Liforme, Adidas, Spiritual Gangster, Lululemon, Nike, Vita Coco, Manduka, Equinox and many more.
Michael has also been featured in press & publications around the world in the likes of Mind, Body, Green, Well+Good, Huffington Post, London Evening Standard, The Telegraph, GQ, Yoga Journal, Doyouyoga.com, Men's Health UK & USA, Women's Health UK, Vogue, Shortlist, Chalkboard Magazine and many more as a leading voice in wellness & yoga.
Michael is also a guest Features writer for Mind, Body Green
in 2017 Michael lead a keynote at Tedx London sharing Modern Mindfulness & Meditation, and is an advocate and ambassador for The British Heart Foundation and Kindness.org
MICHAEL IS THE FOUNDER & VISION BEHIND
BOYS OF YOGA
BOYSOFYOGA.COM | @BOYSOFYOGA
a global movement celebrated worldwide
helping to bring more guys to the mat.
"Some guys think that yoga makes you less of a man,
the truth is it makes you a better one"
JUST BREATHE London
JUSTBREATHELONDON.COM | @JUSTBREATHELONDON
the first modern meditation community in the heart of the UK.
A place where people of like mind come together to breathe.
Sunday School Yoga
SUNDAYSCHOOLYOGA.COM | @SUNDAYSCHOOLYOGA
a global teachers community aimed and supporting and mentoring new teachers around the world as they find their hands, feet and voice as teachers in the real world.
WHAT'S MY STORY?
That's the standard question isn't it? Well, I guess the easy answer is that I'm Michael James Wong, son of Debra and Graham, brother of Andrew and Nicole.
After that the story gets a bit more complex. I've never really been a person to just do one thing, or describe myself in a certain way. Growing up we're told to do one thing and do it well, have a focus and strive for greatness. People say there is no value in being a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, but I never really agreed with that.
So as a kid I did everything. I played soccer, football, roller hockey, baseball, basketball, tennis. I learned how to play the piano and the drums, I rode skateboards (not very well), got into fights (also not very well), did martial arts, learned how to cook, became an Eagle Scout and still managed to finish High School with honours.
For me, life is all about the experiences. And doing a bit of everything back then was the way that I learnt about the world, and I'm grateful everyday for it.
My journey with yoga started back in the early 2000's living near the beaches of Santa Monica, California. I had just finished University and yoga wasn't really on the radar, my life was filled with more style than substance, and at the time I was ok with that. I was swept up in the ‘cool kids crowd’ and I spent most of my early twenties doing my best work between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Back then I thought I was cool, but once I hit twenty-five I realised I wasn't, so I picked up and moved to Australia
I spent the next few years avoiding late nights and started getting into things that made me feel good, photography, art, traveling, music, dance, cooking, and it was in Australia that I started taking yoga more seriously. I had been doing yoga for a few years at that point, having started back in Santa Monica, but it wasn’t until I got to Australia that I really got in deep. I thank my early teachers Duncan Peak and Keenan Crisp of Power Living Australia for taking me through my first Teacher Training and for showing me that there is a real and authentic place for guys in the western world of yoga. Since then I've continue to give thanks to my teachers, mentors & friends who have shown me wisdom along the way; Bryan Kest, Elena Brower, Travis Eliot and many more.
These days it's about sharing the value of the practice on & off the mat, and showing that there is yoga in everything we do.
All you need to do is JUST BREATHE
'I never strive for identity. That's something that just has happened automatically as a result, I think, of just putting things together,
tearing things apart and putting it together my own way, and somehow I guess the individual comes through eventually.'
All rights reserved /// @michaeljameswong 2015