Who are we?  What is the “why” behind what we do?

That is a question we in fact ask, answer, and reinvent every day.

Literal Shyft is a digital magazine that seeks to ignite a global conversation around how we can bring more consciousness to how we work and live.  We are the digital magazine behind Shyft, a modern day workplace mindfulness and meditation program based in Newport Beach, California.  Shyft is on a mission to redefine our relationship with work, so that work no longer has to be a four letter word.

Whether you are a CEO, solopreneur, creative, or parent, the work we do is central to who we are.  How we work and how we live are one and the same.

With the evolution of technology and an “always-on” lifestyle, stress, burn-out, poor health, and under performance threaten to undermine our ability to stay connected to the bigger picture meaning of what we do.  We need to ask new questions for what it truly means to be well at work.  The answers, however, may not be so new.  In fact, we may simply need to look inward, to increasingly evidence based mindfulness and meditation practices, for the solutions we seek.

When we work from a place of mindful awareness, we can focus, create, solve, and sustain.  We develop a certain resiliency that allows us to navigate the challenges we face with clarity and resolve.  We discover the meaning in what we do.  We can channel our stress in a way that allows us to perform, rather than unravel.

Literal Shyft allows us to reach individuals around the world who we may never have the privilege of meeting or meditating with in person.  Call us dreamers, but we wholeheartedly believe our readers will join us in revolutionizing the way we work.   Together, we can share words that spark innovation.  We can share stories that inspire new ways of thinking and being.  We can share ideas that create a new paradigm for how we work and play.

There has never been a greater need for words of compassion, wisdom, and mindfulness.  We need you.  Come join our conversation.

Our Writers

Christine Smith

Christine is a writer living in southwest Missouri with her husband and three children. When she’s not putting miles on her minivan driving her kids to activities, she’s always exploring the region – and the country – discovering people and places that make life interesting. She shares her travel experiences on JoplinMOLife and she ponder about life in general on her new blog ChristineSempetrean. She written for various publications including Missouri Life and Show Me the Ozarks.

Dana Corriel

Dana Corriel is a board-certified internist at Pearl River Internal Medicine and Director of Quality of Highland Medical, PC. She’s worked in private practice over the past few years. Before that, she was Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai in the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and she trained in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center/Moses Division. She writes about her experiences not only as a physician, but also the other aspects of life that others can relate to, such as the difficulties of motherhood, food she loves, and things that make her laugh.

Her website:

Inspired by: “Life inspires me- its beauty, the opportunities we get to create adventures, the satisfaction of everyday activities. I’ve learned to appreciate so many things outside of medicine during my time away from the field and now that I’m back I’ve succeeded in incorporating my passions into my website/blog.”

Delfina Hoxha

Delfina believes in:
“I love myself. the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution. ever.” She believes mental health is the new black and wants to live in a world where everyone is kind and true to themselves and others. She wants to live in a world where people are making the choice to BE there, wherever they are. There’s one thing she knows for sure: every little helps. Every little thing within you is working together in effortless harmony for you to be reading this right here, right now, and she finds that humbling and fascinating. She writes about mental health, feminism, self-love, meditation, bopo- among others, over at theinnerdolphin.com.

Inspired by: People, this quote “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”, my newest tattoo- make magic do good, and my cat’s unapologetic living in the moment at all times and all costs. 

Jessica Daniels

Jessica works in mental health empowering people in their journey of self discovery and resilience. She also teaches yoga, which she finds her greatest ally in aligning the mind/body/spirit connection, both for herself and for others. She loves to cook in her spare time, creating healthier versions of old fashion comfort food.

Angela Morales

Angela currently leads the marketing department at a national publication focused on K-12 news, information, and policy in Washington, D.C.. She is fortunate enough to come from a diverse background, being raised in Europe for the first 11 years of her life. An avid writer and a creative at heart, Angela graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a degree in English Literature.The journey to mindfulness, she’s found, isn’t an easy one. But, she tries every day to embrace it with all its jagged edges and smooth planes. Angela hopes her blog finds people who are also working towards “getting it together,” and able to laugh through it. She’s an aspiring yogi, shoe-lover and just your average neurotic 30-something year old.

Blog: mountainofmindfulness.com

Inspired by: tea, all of the tea; music; art therapy; authenticity; the moon; strength in the face of adversity; and moments when you’re perfectly aligned with the universe

Marisa Svalstedt

Marisa Svalstedt is a stay-at-home mother living in her hometown of Bethel, Connecticut, with her husband, and their daughter. She received her MA in English from Western Connecticut State University. She’s been featured on Babble, The Mighty, Her View From Home, and many other parenting sites. In addition to writing, she enjoys photography, modeling, crochet, and jumping on trampolines.

Eden Fried

Eden Fried is a freelance blogger. In the beginning of 2016, Eden quit her day job and ditched her plan to head to law school so that she could start her blog, EdenFried.com and launch her freelance career.  When Eden’s not at work for clients or coaching novice business owners and solo entrepreneurs on how to start a website, you can find her at the gym tossing around some weights, at home (under the covers) snuggled up with a good book, or tucked away at her computer writing.

Jonathan Cristall

Jonathan Cristall, a veteran gang prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles and a father to three sons, resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.  He is the founder of whattheydontteach.info and can be found on Twitter @teachourteens.

Alicia Lord

A Colorado native and mountain enthusiast, Alicia works as a play therapist and loves spending time with kiddos! When she is not working with clients, Alicia’s love for play manifests in time spent with her adorable dog, a regular yoga practice, and a multitude of crafting projects.

Inspired by: Finding my authenticity and congruence, riding the waves of emotional experiencing, helping others see themselves and their loved ones with clarity and compassion, bringing playfulness into every aspect of life

Kati O’Brien

Kati O’Brien is a certified health and wellness coach and founder of katiobrien.com. She helps mothers nourish their mind and body, make peace with food, and start living the life they truly crave. Tired of your food cravings controlling your life?Download your “Must Have Guide to Satisfy Your Cravings & Embrace Your True Desires.”

Sujata Soni Wipper

Sujata is co-founder of Growing Humans, which has a mission focused on emotional wellness to empower parents, educators and caregivers and the children in their lives with tools, resources and strategies. She is a School Psychologist and has expertise in assessment, consultation, counseling and behavior support. In addition, she is passionate about empowering people to live healthy, balanced lives through learning and teaching about natural health. Sujata lives in Portland with her husband and daughter, and enjoys spending time in her garden and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Other interests include yoga, food, writing, music, and traveling — especially to all the areas in the world represented by her diverse family.

Inspired by: a hot cup of tea and silence; a hot cup of tea and a good conversation; stories of redemption, fortitude and miracles; authentic people and words; music and dancing; my four-year-old’s wonder and curiosity; my husband’s eye for beauty

Shannon Bindler

Shannon Bindler is a writer and life coach with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology. She also blogs for The Huffington Post and has given a TEDx talk .  

Inspired by: the art of imperfect beauty and believes, “There is a crack in everything and that’s how the light gets in.” 

Ora Nadrich

Ora Nadrich is a certified Life Coach, certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher, and author of Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change The Way You Think Forever.

New York Times best-selling author, Marianne Williamson says, “Ora Nadrich is a treasure. Her voice bears the passion of her own experience; she’s able to reach deep into our hearts because she’s culled so much wisdom from her own. When she speaks, I listen; when she writes, I read it; when she gives advice, I heed it. Her sparkle and power are not to be missed.”

Ora prides herself on not only having devised a method of self discovery and mindful practice that is simple, direct and applicable to everyone, but is also easy to understand and put to use. And, like brushing your teeth, can be done daily and take about as much time. Simplicity is her mantra. That philosophy forms the basis of,  Says Who?, in which Ora vividly illustrates and breaks down her simple, yet highly effective method, based on the principle that while we all face obstacles and negative thoughts in our lives, it is not enough to simply examine and be aware of them—we must question and challenge them in order to bring about true change.

Inspired by: “What inspires me is my family, and being in harmony with my loved ones, and everyone I come into contact with. I begin each day connected to my purpose, which is to help others awaken to theirs. Living my truth enveloped in love is my greatest inspiration.”

Hana Manthorpe

Hana is a London based Mindset Coach and founder of The Mental Movement. She works with intelligent, professional people who are looking to achieve some kind of shift in their lives – whether that be mood, mind-set, body image, career or the growth of a small business.

She loves to write (examples on her blog) and her style is to include plenty of personal stories, a hint of comedy (laughter is the very best medicine) and realistic suggestions for how people can gain awareness, and align themselves with their priorities and move forwards while still enjoying what they have right now.

Inspired by: Interesting people. I love hearing stories about other people’s journeys, their highs, their lows, what they’ve learnt and where they’re headed next.

Michele Fried

When Michele Fried founded Adoption STAR in 2000, she was using her entrepreneurial skills for a precious enterprise: she wanted to create forever families. Michele became a passionate advocate for adoption after she and her husband Chuck adopted their first child almost 29 years ago. Ten children later, Michele’s most important job is parenting. She frequently writes and speaks about adoption and parenthood.

Inspired by: I am inspired by the resilience of children. I have always been amazed by the strength, creativity, humor and sheer joy for life that children are able to find even in the most difficult situations.

Dimple Mukherjee

Dimple Mukherjee is a holistic lifestyle coach and the founder of Whole Self Consulting and Bindi Parlour, creations designed to help women take better care of their bodies, mind and soul.  Having gained insights from her own life and combining those experiences with her knowledge based in occupational therapy, health coaching and applied positive psychology has lead Dimple to many realizations. She believes in the power of dreams (a.k.a. living with purpose and intention), holistic lifestyle practices and harnessing your intuition to living an abundant life filled with meaning and happiness.
Dimple’s big vision: To lead women to the best versions of themselves through the support of powerful female connections.

Website: www.wholeselfconsulting.com

Inspired by: Stories. Stories told by everyday ordinary humans who show up as themselves and share their truths, making them extraordinary.

Sahar Paz

Sahar Paz is dedicated to showing teens and parents the relationship between their inner-voice, emotions, and the life that forms from them.  Sahar is a bullying and suicide prevention expert based out of Houston. Her work includes a published memoir and reflection guide titled: Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave is a Conversation Away.  The book details her journey from self-preservation to self-discovery, while guiding women to do the same.

Learn more about her here:  www.SaharPaz.com

Monica Gomez

Monica is a stay-at-home mother of two young children, stepmom to an 8th grader, and wife to a business owner who works long hours. Monica left her career at NBC to stay at home with her children, which she has found to be both challenging and rewarding. She writes from her own unique perspective on how parenting has shaped her in new ways, but how deep down, she is still the same person. Monica stresses to her readers the importance of self-care in order to preserve our own identities (and sanity) in this grueling and joyful journey called parenthood.

Inspired by: Beautiful pictures, the ocean, endless cups of coffee, pretty places, brunching, words on paper, authentic people, hugs and kisses from my little ones, holidays, autumn, and Sundays.

Shelby Castile


Shelby Castile is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing on holistic approaches that bring balance to mind, body and spirit.  For over 20 years, Shelby has worked with individuals and couples in Orange County, CA, to heal, restore and rejuvenate relationships both with one another, and with themselves.

At the root of everything she does, lies a belief that asking for help can be the greatest act of love, for both yourself, and those you care about. In essence, she holds space for people, to help them, holistically, live their very best lives.

In addition to being a classically trained and skilled Psychotherapist, Shelby is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500).

You can find out more about Shelby and her work at www.shelbycastile.com or by calling 949.436.7347

Inspired by: the simple things in life.  Kindness.  Children.  Nature.  I get inspired when I see people doing their part to make a difference in other people’s lives and most importantly, living from their heart.

Kyle Benson

Kyle Benson writes at KyleBenson.net, where he uses the science of love to help those in troubled relationships get the love, respect and passion they dream of. To leverage his relationship advice, join his free newsletter.

Inspired by: Understanding what makes love last. While Cupid brings people together, I strive to keep couples together

John O’Leary

When John O’Leary was 9 years old, he suffered burns over 100% of his body and was expected to die. He is now an inspirational speaker and bestselling author, teaching 50,000+ people around the world each year how to live inspired. John’s first book, ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was published March 15, 2016 and was an instant #1 National Bestseller. John is a contributing writer for Huff Post and Parade.com. John is a proud husband and father of four and resides in St. Louis, MO. Order John’s book today anywhere books are sold.

Find him at his website: http://johnolearyinspires.com/

Gopi Kallayil


Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. An avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, global traveler, and Burning Man devotee, he has spoken at TEDx, The World Happiness Summit, Yoga Journal LIVE!, and Wisdom 2.0. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

You can find Gopi’s book, The Internet to the Inner-net, in bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Hay House, Books-A-Million, Target, Waterstones, Google Play, and iTunes. He has recently released a new music album titled Kirtan Lounge: Precious Jewels.

Learn more about him at his website: http://kallayil.com/

Hannah Bousek

Hannah has a zest for expression and living an authentic, congruent life in all pursuits. She has a background in marriage and family therapy and English. Her interests are currently spread among wellness, writing, and creative processes.

Inspired by: Love and kindness, spirituality, silliness and nonsense, paradoxes and possibilities, lighthearted playfulness, weighty matters, and lively discussions.

Lindsay Parrish

As a Life Stylist, Lindsay has taught clients around the world how find their true happiness and passion for life through gratitude, visualizations, and adventure.

Though she graduated cum laude with a degree in Communications and a minor in Psychology, she credits the true depth of her education not from books, but rather her life experiences over the last several years.

In 2013, Lindsay was shaken to her core after her father’s unexpected passing, and fought a long and difficult path to find happiness again. In 2015, she founded Finally Finding Me, first as an inspirational hobby on Facebook, but soon realized that there was huge demand in the field of inspiration and adventure when her fan base grew to over 10,000 followers in just a few short months.

Beginning October 2016, limited enrollment will open for Lindsay’s new online course that focuses on teaching students how to find their true passion and happiness.

For pre-enrollment information and to follow Lindsay’s adventure, sign up for her newsletter at www.FinallyFindingMe.com.

Inspired by: watching the incredible unfoldment of others- when someone is hitting rock bottom and their knees hit the floor with utter despair, they should be at their absolute weakest…. Yet, I’ve seen that this is, in fact, the magical moment they find their true strength. I’ve seen it many times (including with myself), and it’s a beautiful thing.

Hannah Fredenburg

Hannah Fredenberg is a retail copywriter with a heart for literature and lifestyle blogs. She was an English major (and Psychology minor) college graduate, and is currently working on branching out from fashion-focused writing. You can check out her headline/product description portfolio at: https://hannahfredenberg.contently.com/ or email her at hfredenberg@gmail.com

Inspired by:  fashion, literature, different lifestyles

Dr. Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, PhD, is a psychologist and coach who helps people end unwanted habits. She is author of Being Human: Essays on Thoughtmares, Bouncing Back, and Your True Nature (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (New Harbinger, 2016).

Johnson has been a regularly featured expert on The Steve Harvey Show and Oprah.com, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and Self magazine. Learn more at www.DrAmyJohnson.com.

Inspired by: seeing people rising leave behind habits and old ways of thinking that have been with them for years. 

Lauren Tober

Dr Lauren Tober is a Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach and Yoga Teacher based in Byron Bay, Australia.  With a passion for health, healing, happiness and awakening Lauren integrates the best of western psychology with ancient yogic wisdom, both on and off the mat.

Lauren is the founder of Capturing Gratitude, a worldwide photographic happiness project, A Daily Dose of Bliss, a highly acclaimed online yoga course for finding your calm in the busy-ness of life and Living Your Heartfelt Desires a heartfelt online course to consciously create a life you love.

Lauren has been featured in The Huffington Post, Australian Yoga Journal, ABC, Well Being Magazine, Australian Yoga Life Magazine, Elephant Journal, Peppermint Magazine and more.

Her work is soulful without being new-agey.  It’s evidence based, without being clinical.  It’s authentic, heartfelt and life changing.

Lauren believes that happiness is our true nature, and that yoga, gratitude, self compassion, creativity and community help us to cultivate happiness in our lives on an everyday basis.

Strider Patton

Strider Patton devotes his life to how art can change the world. After earning a master’s degree in applied anthropology and social change, he has been involved with making public art projects that invite observers to participate in collective, visceral experiences. He has explored many mediums of art over his life, but spray painting, stencils, street art and muralism have been his main focus for the last decade.

You can learn more about him and see more of his work at: www.striderpatton.com

Tara Bosler

Tara is a freelance writer and blogger focused on her greatest passions: education, parenting, and mindfulness.

You can find more of her writing here: www.tboslerwriting.com

Inspired by: Seeing positive changes, feeling my faith, and words strung together in beautifully playful ways. Also, coffee and my amazing daughter.

Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.

As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she’s toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses. To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others thrive through difficulties. As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she’s contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others. She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide, and is this year’s keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. Learn more: amyoes.com.

Inspired by:  Creativity- creativity gives me gratitude and a recognition that every day and moment should be celebrated – that life is a canvas, an open score, a bare stage, waiting for us to join the dance! 

Robyn Norman

For the last 20 + years, after a mid-stream career shift, Robyn Norman worked as a licensed psychotherapist and certified coach. She adores her work, more than words can convey. Her work is supported by mindfulness and motivational interviewing – meeting clients where they are and encouraging them to accept the reality that they’re enough. She’s also a Buddhist mom with a 30 year old marine son who she adores and is very proud of.

Inspired by:  human potential, seedlings, sparks of awareness when a defense or a worn-out belief is dropped

Priya Soni

Priya Soni is the Founder and CEO of The Caregiving Effect LLC, a platform and service launched to create a space for adult children who have cared for their parent(s)/parental figures due to aging, illness and/or disability. She has developed a mission to build a movement of mentors, caregiver visionaries, who are utilizing their stories as a tool to help the many who will or are walking the path of caregiving. Through her mentorship and coaching, adult children turn the unexpected role of being a caregiver into a role of a lifetime—The Caregiving Effect. In addition, she currently works at a mission-oriented organization focused on educational inequity.

Prior work includes running a Theatre Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and ten plus years as a professional actor in New York and Los Angeles. Priya has earned a B.S. in Theatre and Psychology from Towson University and M.A. in Disability Studies from City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies. She has worked in a variety of settings including working with women who have substance abuse; women who have been affected by domestic violence; and with children and adults with disabilities. One of her greatest passions is creating community. Reach out to Priya at www.priyasoni.net.

Inspired by:  So much! The moments before a real transformation, hearing stories, humor in different forms.


Marianne is a writer, teacher, and life strategist. A recovering workaholic, Marianne spent 9+ years working in the fashion industry until life lead her in another direction. Ever since she was little her first career choice was always to do something that helped people be happy. Listening to her inner voice, she embarked on different entrepreneurial journeys like wellness coaching, business coaching and now Conscious Revival. With an undeniable knack to tap into the root cause of why someone is stuck in their life, Marianne likes to help women heal their blocks. Her insights and heartfelt approach is delivered in her signature calm, playful and straight-up style. And her deepest desires is seeing women stand in their power, as their true self, creating a love-made life that fulfills their soul.

Inspired by:  People and the journeys they embark on. Music and the words expressed through a heart-felt and beautiful beat. Love and the amazing power it has to one self and another human being.

Deborah Zucker

Dr. Deborah Zucker is a naturopathic physician, transformational health coach, and author of The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well Being.

Inspired by:  The expanse and embrace of nature, hearts opening together, spontaneous smiles, vulnerability, opening into the dance of life’s mysterious, sacred unfolding, love in all of its expressions.

Neil Pasricha

A Harvard MBA, New York Times best-selling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” (Toronto Star) who dazzles audiences with ideas and frameworks that launch happiness into the stratosphere. Pasricha spent a decade inside Walmart, the world’s largest company, working for two CEOs directly and then as director of Leadership Development. He complements this “what’s worked” authority with infectious enthusiasm and heartfelt authenticity.

Today, Pasricha travels around the world sharing messages on happiness to Fortune 500 companies, schools and non-profits. In the past few years, he has spoken to over 200,000 people at hundreds of events, making him one of the world’s most-sought-after speakers. He has spoken to royal families in the Middle East, Ivy League deans and CEOs at organizations such as Audi, Abbot and GE—all using research and models that enhance individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

His first book, The Book of Awesome, about appreciating small pleasures, is a runaway #1 international bestseller with millions shipped. In his latest book, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything (March 2016), Pasricha provides step-by-step guidelines to illustrate exactly how to apply a unique set of principles to improving and managing everything—your time, your career, your bottom line, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness.  You can order your copy of The Happiness Equation here.

Alua Arthur

Alua Arthur is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Going with Grace, an end of life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question ‘What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die peacefully?’ She is tirelessly committed to bringing awareness to death and dying which she believes can inspire the way people live.  A former (recovering) attorney, Alua is also a life enthusiast, bicycle fanatic, developing nation aficionado, and a jewelry addict.

Inspired by:  LIFE, the little joys we can find even in dark times, authenticity, and the word YES.

Moon Lee

Moon is a technologist and entrepreneur that currently serves as the CTO of Regroup Therapy, a Chicago-based  start-up that is focused on improving the accessibility of mental and behavioral healthcare in the U.S. Prior to working at Regroup, Moon provided technical leadership for a number of well known companies and brands. Moon is also a passionate student of the martial arts, and has pursued these studies around the US, Europe and Asia.
Inspired by: Witnessing the alignment of one’s mental, spiritual and physical expression with one’s authentic self.

David Hamill

David lives in Ireland and is a Psychotherapist, Trainer, Meditation Teacher and Mental Health Advocate. David is also the host of The Mindful Meanings Podcast – top ranking podcast for mental health on iTunes. The podcast can be found on www.mindfulmeanings.com along with David’s blog. David lives and works in Ireland with his wife and three sons.

Inspired by: His children, nature, the smell of a new book, and people who act from the heart.

Ellen Albertson

Dr. Ellen is a Psychologist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Wellcoach, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Reiki Master. The Glow & Grow Coach, Dr. Ellen empowers women to harmonize the dance of your life with the song in your heart and flow with grace, beauty and ease. She’s passionate about helping others let go of who they think they’re supposed to be & embrace who they are. 

Inspired by:  My clients; compassion, love and kindness; the human body, mind, heart & spirit; synchronicity; nature; magic; dance and Reiki.

Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Jamison, Founder and CEO of Newport Academy, is a prominent voice in the field of adolescent mental health and addiction treatment. He is an active participant in the movement to reduce social stigma around substance abuse and mental health challenges. Jamison is a writer, spokesperson, yoga teacher, and fierce advocate of holistic learning and compassionate care for struggling teens.

Rhonna del Rio

Rhonna is an architect in her former life, now transforming pose by pose, painting by painting, into a yogini-artist.  For years, she has drawn buildings via computer operated programs or by looking at them and sketching what she see physically. Today, after each powerful yoga class, she draw organically from within, soulful expressions emerging into beautiful paintings on canvas. Rhonna loves to hand deliver her creations to their final destination, and often meditates upon and blesses her artwork before passing them along to their new owners.

Inspired by:  Witnessing one being helping another being, humanity becoming community.

Niosha Shakoori

Niosha, Literal Shyft’s Design Editor, found a new passion for creating emotional wellbeing in the workplace after leaving her corporate legal career behind almost two years ago.  Together with her partners, the vision for Shyft was created.  She also has an HR and legal consulting practice known as clarusHR.  Niosha resides in Newport Beach with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, when Niosha isn’t chasing after her two sons and responding to client emergencies, she enjoys spinning, yoga, and her “attempts” at meditation.

Inspired by: Being the best possible human for my two children . . . travel, culture, and then some more travel.

Ayesha Soni

Ayesha, co-founder of Shyft, turned to meditation as a pain management option and after exhausting all western medicine options. Referred to as “the Heart” of Shyft, Ayesha brings intelligence, charisma, and wit to her meditation practice. Ayesha’s gentle perspective and compassion allow her to create a space for anyone to experience how simple and powerful meditation can be.

Inspired by:  entrepreneurs and visionaries who push the limits of creativity and generosity. 

Kelly McCann

Kelly, co-founder of Shyft, curates and develops the Life Class Curriculum, trains and leads our team of teachers and coaches, and shares her passion for emotional wellbeing and overall wellness through her teaching, speaking, and coaching skills. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kelly is a sought after public speaker and corporate trainer in the fields of workplace behavior, personal development, mindfulness, and corporate wellness. Kelly loves creating community, traveling, hanging with her two children and devouring self-help books.

Inspired by:  the magic in the everyday, small and big acts of kindness, music, movies, and the strength and beauty of the human spirit.

Monisha Vasa

Our very own Editor in Chief — Monisha — is also a board certified General and Addiction Psychiatrist in private practice in Newport Beach. Monisha has a passion for mindfulness, gratitude, and compassion, and their roles in our overall well being and mental health. She teaches mindfulness to children, medical students, physicians, and in corporate settings. Monisha blogs at www.monishavasa.com and on Huffington Post, and has authored two children’s books, “Saying Thank You” and “My Dearest One.” Monisha is the mother of two young children, a marathon runner, and is also forever a beginning student of yoga and meditation.

Inspired by:  a morning cup of coffee, journals filled with handwritten words, her patients’ courage, and her childrens’ tender hearts.

Rudri Patel

Rudri is an attorney turned writer and essayist. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child, Role Reboot, The Review Review and elsewhere. She writes her personal musings on her blog, Being Rudri. She is working on a memoir that explores Hindu culture, grief and appreciating life’s ordinary graces. Rudri currently lives in Arizona with her husband and daughter.

Inspired by: The Magic in the mundane and ordinary. Writing in her small, cozy home office, exploring how sitting in traffic, walking around her neighborhood, sipping a cup of coffee and hanging out with family are life’s ultimate precious moments.

Julia Travers

Julia is a writer and artist. She writes about topics such as mindfulness, yoga, and self care. Her writing has been featured in esteemed publications such as “The Mindfulness Bell” and the On Being blog with NPR/American Public Media. Julia also runs the artist interview site, “5 Questions For the Artist.”

Inspired by: Learning about other people’s journeys, her own internal exploration, her husband, and nature. 

Cebette Uttal

Cebette is the founder of Uttal Vintage Modern Jewelry. She creates all of her beautiful designs with her own two hands in her studio in Louisville, Kentucky. Cebette prides herself on using 90-100% sustainable materials in all of her jewelry pieces, as well as packaging and shipping materials. Here, Cebette shares her inpiring story of how she discovered eco friendly, small batch jewelry design, and why we should care about where our jewelry comes from. Cebette currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Inspired by:  listening to live rock music up close until she can feel it in her bones, drinking good craft beers while laughing with friends until they can barely speak, giving and receiving long hugs, mid-century modern design, and being able to express all the joy she feels through her art.

Tiffany Vandersloot

Tiffany is the founder of TRATO, a local non profit organization that stands for environmental preservation. In this issue of Literal Shyft, Tiffany shares with us the story of how and why she singlehandedly started TRATO, and the importance of fighting for the causes we believe in. Her journey is a powerful example of being mindful, not just of ourselves and each other, but also of the environment and animals who may not be able to advocate for themselves

Inspired by:  people who are willing to take a stance in something they believe in.  People who model courage and bravery by being true to themselves, and putting the negative opinions of others behind them.