Mei Lai Swan (she/her) was born on unceded Wurundjeri lands in Naarm (Melbourne) to Chinese-Malaysian and Australian parents, and currently resides on Bundjalung country (Northern Rivers, NSW). She has dedicated the past 25 years to embodied healing, social justice, creativity, community and education.

Falling in love with the path of self-inquiry and personal evolution in her teens, Mei Lai has been studying eastern philosophies, meditation, yoga and social justice practice for over 25 years. A senior trauma-informed yoga teacher, somatic trauma therapist and educator, Mei Lai is the founder of Embodied Nature and Yoga for Humankind – a social enterprise yoga school offering trainings in Trauma-Informed Yoga & Embodied Social Change.

With a BA in International Development, Master of Social Work and a background in music, Mei Lai spent many years working in remote Indigenous communities running community development and arts programs, before returning to Naarm to offer psychosocial programs for people seeking asylum, alongside teaching yoga locally and internationally in both community, studio and teacher training settings.

In 2012, she trained as a doula, and shortly after founded Birth for Humankind, a non-profit organisation providing free birth support to women and families experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. 

Mei Lai has trained extensively in somatic-based trauma therapy and counselling, and combines these skills with yoga to deliver individual therapy, group programs, trainings and retreats. With experience with traditional plant medicines in Peru and training in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies, she also offers therapeutic integration support for psychedelics, as well as training in somatics and trauma-informed practice for psychedelic therapists (*please note Mei Lai does not offer or condone the use of psychedelic medicines outside of legal therapeutic practice).

Mei Lai is passionate about the integration of somatics, social justice and earth-based practices for personal and collective healing and transformation.

She is committed to inclusive and intersectional practice, and works with folks from all backgrounds and experiences, supporting people healing from childhood and adult trauma, attachment, and relationship challenges, sexual violence, ancestral trauma, identity-based, racial and structural trauma, as well as community leaders, social workers, health professionals and CEOs seeking mentoring grounded in somatics, social justice and transformational leadership.

Find out more about individual therapy and transformational mentoring here. 

Mei Lai is registered with AASW as a registered social worker, and with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).