CEO & Co-Founder, Kayana Breathwork & Grit Academy
A Personal Advisor, Transcultural Psychotherapist, Breathwork Mentoring trainer, Social Entrepreneur and a Holistic Business Consultant. Viola started her working life at the age of thirteen when she migrated with her mother and sister from Lebanon to Venezuela. She fed her passion for development and study through home schooling, evening lessons and alternative educational pathways.
In 1993, with twenty-one years of experience working in the corporate environment, she renounced her career as a successful marketing manager to follow her dream of becoming a Psychotherapist.
Viola was thirty-four years old when she broke free, she let the metal of her grit surface daring to open her heart and pursue her dream beyond habitual bounds. She went on to study Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and learn Breathwork from its founder, Leonard Orr in the sixties. She discovered that the breath was at the core of every person’s wellbeing. A discovery she was eager to share with others.
She has been pioneering and developing mental health fitness and wellbeing in the workplace since the nineties, bridging the space between Psychotherapy and Business Management. She now works internationally with individual and corporate clients in cross pollination between Self development, management and leadership.
Always looking to help others in innovative and creative ways, she recently introduced Breathwork to Rehabilitation from addiction, a theme in her life that she personally had overcome.
Viola is Multi-Awarded including a Doctorate Honoris Causa, Aspirational Woman, Sustainable Influencer and Outstanding Contribution to Mentoring and the author of two books: “Breathing the Rhythm of Success” and “Who Makes the Bed?” and Co-Author of 8 more.
Founder of “Feminine Capital Forum”, co-owner of “Kayana Breathwork” and GRIT-academy, Viola also sits on the board of several Magazines and NGO’s and serves as ambassador for Human Rights and Gender Rights.
Viola is a woman who broke free from limitations. Today she tells her story as a path of growth: “I have been a migrant many times in my life, recreating myself every time. Exploring, working and expanding in a sustainable way has been my passion since 13, at which age I had to interrupt my formal schooling and started working. Non-formal education has been my best companion and I am delighted to create teaching spaces which enable people to develop and grow individually and in groups.”
Her clients and colleagues call her “Master Mentor and Connector.” She’s valued for her intuition, experience, integrity and creativity. Viola’s motto is “Together is Better”.