MICHAEL JAMES WONG /// FOUNDER, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, TEACHER
Michael James Wong is a man on a mission to bring the global wellness community together in a calmer & quieter conversation.
Founder and vision behind Just Breathe, a global organisation bringing mindfulness into the real world, Michael’s work is focused creating community, connection & quiet for people all over the world. A community activist, meditation teacher, speaker and author of Sit Down, Be Quiet, Michael is recognised around the world as a leading voice in the global movement for modern mindfulness.
A New Zealand born, Los Angeles raised 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 travels extensively all around the world teaching, speaking and leading events and mass meditations.
Michael’s recent credits include;
- Just Breathe events in London at Tate Modern, The British Museum & The Shard with 1,000+ ppl
- Speaking engagements at the House of Lords and Tedx
- Speaking and teaching at global wellness festivals around the world
- Featured contributing wellness writer for FORBES.com
- Listed on the Wellness 100 list for 2019
Check out Michael's 2019 Schedule HERE
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. Full List
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.'
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