I’m Mei Lai. Lover, believer, creator, changemaker…
Why am I here?
Because I believe in sharing the things I love and not holding back.
• Yoga. All of it: bend, stretch, breathe, enquire, meditate, transform, connect, get wise, strong, loving and free
• Community, social justice and social change
• Seva: the art of selfless service
• Receiving love and beauty and goodness, and giving it back.
What moves, motivates and shakes me?
Love. Purpose. Passion. Creativity. Authenticity. Kindness. Life.
All the things that make you fly.
Why are you here?
Because you know there is more… more beauty, more connection, more wisdom, more inspiration, more love. All of the things that money can’t buy.
Because you know we are one and the same… one people, one family, one planet, one soul in so many colours.
And because you are curious and hungry… to connect, to give, to live, to thrive, to love, to create beauty, peace, and your own kind of magic.
Anything is possible when we come together, with a common passion, purpose and heart.
Falling in love with the path of self-inquiry and personal evolution in her teens, Mei Lai has been studying eastern philosophies and meditation for over 20 years, and yoga for 18 years. A senior yoga teacher, Mei Lai is a certified Embodied Flow™ teacher, with years of study and practice in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara yoga. From Melbourne, Australia, but now based on the road, she teaches in-depth workshops, retreats and on international teacher trainings around the world, with a special focus on nada (sound) yoga, somatic and trauma-informed practices.
With a BA in International Development and a Master of Social Work, Mei Lai spent many years working in remote Aboriginal communities running community development programs, before returning to Melbourne to offer psychosocial programs for people seeking asylum. She has trained in somatic-based trauma therapy and counselling, and combined these skills with yoga to deliver individual counseling, group work programs, and specially-tailored yoga programs for asylum seekers, refugees, disadvantaged youth, and people experiencing chronic pain and trauma.
A trained Doula, she is the founder, previous CEO and ongoing board director of Birth for Humankind, a non-profit organisation providing free birth support to women in disadvantaged circumstances.
She is now the director and lead teacher of Yoga for Humankind, a yoga school and social enterprise specialising in trainings in contemporary hatha, trauma-informed and community based yoga. She also offers private sessions in body-focused therapy, primarily via online.
Mei Lai is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).