“When consciously applied, the teachings and wisdom of yoga serve as a viable tool for peace, personal and global. When one of us suffers we all suffer.  Yet when one of us heals, we all heal. “

Nadine will join the special panel “How to take YOGA beyond our mats”, 9 a.m. PST, Sat Nov 13th during our Annual Global Gala

Nadine McNeil is no stranger to moments of crisis. A global gallivanter who goes by the moniker Universal Empress online, for nearly two decades, prior to her deep dive into yoga in 2008, Nadine travelled the world in service of the UN, UNICEF, Global Volunteer Network and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. She was the former UN Chief of Operations in the Central African Republic and UNICEF humanitarian who is now based in Bali as a yoga instructor and personal coach. These and other experiences rooted Nadine’s continued devotion to activism.

Founder of the BadAsana Series ©: Yoga with Weights.  This Yoga Alliance [CE] certified program is one that integrates 1 to 3 kgs weights intelligently within a hatha-vinyasa flow practice.  The purpose of this synergistic practice to support the body in building physical strength, endurance and stamina, while respecting and adhering to the main tenets of yoga, primarily through breath and alignment awareness.

Her mission as a yoga teacher, speaker, wisdom mentor and humanitarian is to ignite infinite possibilities in people around the world and share yoga especially with diverse underserved communities. It is this mission that calls her to serve as a global ambassador for Yoga Gives Back. “It was right there at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, that I witnessed firsthand where, when consciously applied, that the teachings and wisdom of yoga serve as a viable tool for peace, personal and global.”

Inspired by her firsthand encounters with both the resilience of the human spirit and also its suffering, Nadine’s talks, workshops, yoga sessions, Women’s Circles and retreats are continually described as powerful, moving and insightful.

As her Women’s Circles continue to gain global traction, women from across the world who have sat with her in Circle, have returned to their communities to offer this necessary and important work.