Holly Niemela

Holly Niemela is a Paris-based Wellness Expert/Optimal Being Advocate and Teacher. After receiving a BS degree in political science from Northeastern University in Boston, Holly trained in yoga, meditation, mindfulness and various mind-body therapeutic practices.

With 30 years of professional experience, Ms. Niemela has become an ”ambassador of wellness” guiding individuals, groups and companies towards optimal being through mindfulness and emotional intelligences programs.  She is one of 100 worldwide certified teachers of the Google developed program “Search Inside Yourself, the unexpected path to success & happiness at work.” 

She studied traditional yoga in India and France with Swamis from the Dashnami Order of Saraswati, established by the philosopher Shankara in the 8th century and still flourishing in India today. In 2002 she was initiated as a Karma Sannyasin in the Saraswati lineage. In 2009, Ms. Niemela was part of the the first group of teachers to bring mindfulness to France with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) program and successfully teach this program to over 1000 people.  She was named by Challenges magazine as one of the 100 chances for France in 2017.

Anchored in neuroscience and evidenced-based research, Ms. Niemela’s conferences, programs and international retreats highlight how ancient practices can be adapted for our fast-paced, digital world to develop our inner connection to outwardly create, collaborate, and be compassionate human beings. 

Studies

1984 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE FROM NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, BOSTON MA USA

1987 NEW MEXICO ACADEMY OF HEALING ARTS.  MIND-BODY PRACTICES & THERAPIES, POLARITY, ENERGY BALANCING

1999 BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA/DEPS YOGA STUDIES, PARIS FRANCE 1500HR YOGA&meditation TEACHER TRAINING.

2000-2009 VARIOUS TRAININGS: REIKI MASTER, ADVANCED MEDITATION; ANTAR MAUNA, YOGA NIDRA, SHUNYA. REGRESSION/TRANSFORMATION THERAPIST.

2009 MBSR MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION, JON KABAT-ZINN UMASS.  PART OF FIRST WAVE OF MBSR/MINDFULNESS IN FRANCE. ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MINDFULNESS (ADM) Active MEMBER, PARIS.

2015 certified TEACHER: SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (PROGRAM BORN AND TESTED AT GOOGLE), SAN FRANCISCO USA.