Michael Murphy-Burke was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 30, 1959.
This happens to be the same day that Rumi, the great Sufi mystic poet, was born.
This is not a coincidence, as “coincidence is just God’s way of staying anonymous”.
Michael grew up surrounded by music, art, passion, freedom of expression, and the absolute power of living on his own path. He’s been a poet all his life, with his first published material being in his high school newspaper when he was a sophomore.
More recently, he contributes steadily to Oracle Magazine and is also published in Aquarius Magazine and Conscious Life Journal.
In addition to writing, Michael also creates artistic visions in a variety of woods for private clients as a custom woodworker. He can also be found doing spoken word, sacred sound shows, and meditations throughout the Atlanta area and beyond.
To contact Michael, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
My story begins in 2013 when a long time friend passed away from a preventable
I could not shake the mourning of my friend long after his death. I was becoming disconnected and depressed while being stuck in my unhealthy habits and unhealthy emotional patterns. I knew I wanted to change, I just did not know how or where to begin. With the help of an amazing healer, I was able to see that I was not just grieving his death, I was struggling with years of suffering.
I knew, in my own ways, I was not taking care of myself like I truly wanted to because I simply did not know how. Thanks to the coach in my life, through many sessions, this was brought to my awareness and we could then begin the healing process.
It was crucial for me to have someone guiding me through all of the emotions
I experienced and also holding me accountable for the changes I desired.
We worked together, but the power was within me.
I began to appreciate my body and mind from a whole new perspective. It is true that our bodies are our temples and we must protect and nourish them. With this fact being at the forefront of everything that I do, I feel more alive than ever. I am inspired to pass this way of life along with so that more people do not get lost due to personal neglect whether it be through toxic relationships, foods that hold no nutritional value, or by living each day frustrated by being in your own skin.
Hanalei SUP Founder Jana Rife started practicing yoga as a way to help improve her flexibility, as well as relieve stress and anxiety. After falling in love with this exercise, she earned her teacher training certification in order to help others experience yoga for themselves. Not wanting to limit herself to sharing just one of her loves with students, Jana also earned her certification as a paddleboard instructor. Because of the potential dangers that come with any type of water activity, she also maintains a certification in CPR, first-aid, and AED from the American Heart Association.
Jana is also a certified aromatherapist with more than 20 years of experience, is a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, is a Board Director for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild, and is a creator of Hanalei Bath. She has studied under some of the leading experts in the field, including Gabriel Mojay of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, Mark Webb of AromaMedix, and Roz Zollinger of Heal Center Atlanta. Jana uses her aromatherapy expertise as part of her yoga classes to incorporate a sensory experience for her students by using essential oils and also teaches aromatherapy workshops.
- 200-hour (E-RYT) Yoga Teacher Training Certification registered with Yoga Alliance
- SUP Yoga Certification from Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga in Key West, FL
- World Paddle Association Class II Instructor Certification
- American Heart Association certification in CPR, first-aid, and AED