take your time.
you are coming
- nayyirah waheed
Background + Training
I'm an 18-year veteran of the public health and nonprofit sectors before making the shift to running my own coaching and consulting practice. I wore many hats from health educator, researcher, trainer, coalition convener to policy advocate. I hold a master degree in public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. I received certifications in health and life coaching from the Health Coach Institute. I am also an energy practitioner trained in Usui/Holy Fire® II Reiki I & II, holographic sound healing levels I & II from the Institute of Holographic Sound Healing & Inner Balance, as well as pranic healing level III from The Center for Pranic Healing. Currently, I am training to be an Associate Certified Pranic Healer. To learn more, please connect with me on LinkedIn.
Interests + Specialities
Holistic Life Vision
Burnout Prevention for Nonprofit Leaders
Career Transitions + Transformational Leadership for Women of Color
Intergenerational Wisdom + Resilience
Decolonizing Wellness and Leadership
Honoring and Reconnecting to Ancestral Ways of Healing and Being
Maternal Mental Health + Postpartum Support
Power of Storytelling
My personal development journey as a 1.5 generation immigrant, former nonprofit leader, and late-comer mama taught me invaluable lessons that have molded my perspectives on coaching, energy work, and life outlook. Here’s what I realized and what has become the core principles of my coaching practice.
Self-care is at its core Self-Love
Cultural norms from my upbringing, community, and workspaces reinforced, praised, and rewarded sacrifice, martyrdom, hustle, and busyness as badges of honor. Your value was based on how much you gave to others (even at your own expense) or how much output you could produce at the quickest pace (um hello, performance measures). Self-care was viewed as unnecessary and self-indulgent. Too often, I felt guilty for resting, pausing, slowing down, and simply doing the hobbies I enjoyed because there seemed to be something else more important that had to get done. But, here's what I learned (the hard way). Caring for yourself is not selfish. It's actually "self-full". I could not be in service and nurture others to my fullest capacity when my well was bone dry. Not only was I harming myself but it was a disservice to others when I wasn't at my best and truest self. I had to stop making my own needs optional while prioritizing everyone else’s. Self-care is at its core an act of self-love. It is about restoration and preservation. It is soul care. It is liberation. When you love yourself enough to say yes to your needs, desires, and wellness in all its forms, you are igniting a deeper level of healing, nourishment of your soul, and a greater mind-body connection. You gain back your power. This higher awareness is key to radically accepting yourself and genuinely embracing that you are enough.
I'm not alone
Too often we believe we are alone in this journey and too ashamed to tell our story. It doesn’t have to be that way. Our own healing from trauma, grief, and loss is deeply intertwined in the healing of our communities. Many of us are products of generations of colonization and occupation, violence, institutionalized discrimination, and displacement of our families and our people. Yet at the same time, we also have intergenerational wisdom and resiliency coursing through our blood. Let’s reconnect to that. It is through community that we can find solace, collective wisdom, and power. While we work inwardly to transform, it is not separate or in absence of our communities. You coming to wholeness is not only about healing yourself but also about healing the collective pain of your communities, your ancestors, and your descendants. So lean in, release your fears, and be willing to be held by others. It is ok to ask for help. Be open to receiving it.
This is a process of self-discovery
My evolution as a woman, wife, mama, and leader is not finite. I believe that to truly have clarity of one’s vision that it all begins with self-awareness. The stories we were told as children, teenagers, and even as young adults shape our views of ourselves in profound ways. Sometimes they propel us forward but many times they hold us back, limit us, and make us feel stuck. Without doing intense introspection to unpack our narratives, it becomes difficult to truly know what we value, desire, aspire to, and believe in what’s possible for our lives. So, be open to digging the layers of you. We are all in a perpetual process of unfolding and becoming our truest selves. Trust the process.