Hi there, I’m a Unified Mindfulness Level 2 Coach, NASM-certified Personal Trainer, and a certified Nutrition Network Advisor in Low Carb High Fat Nutrition. I wish to improve the human condition by helping others optimize their happiness and health.
I’ve spent many years not understanding the importance of mindfulness, nutrition and exercise, until I found myself to be falling apart one day, both physically and mentally. I became determined to take better care of myself, by doing rigorous research on happiness and health, as well as methodical experimentation via trial and error. Now that I’m the happiest and healthiest as I’ve ever been, I want to share my learnings to help others reach the same goals.
While we don’t have to live in a monastery and meditate for hours every day, it helps to notice how sensations would arise and pass away, and how our minds relate to these sensations. While we don’t have to eat a strict diet with zero indulgences, it helps to understand what food sources make us healthy, and what food sources make us sick. And while we don’t have to be a bodybuilder with six pack abs, it helps to know what we can do to avoid being brittle and frail as we age. Unified Mindfulness not only helps us become more mindful in all facets of our lives, but I also find it beneficial in helping us find joy and satisfaction as we model healthy eating habits and fitness routines, or preempt unhealthy patterns that resurface.
My meditation background includes the Unified Mindfulness system, nondual practices, jhana and samatha-vipassana practices from meditation manual The Mind Illuminated, and vipassana practices as taught by S.N. Goenka.
My diet is ancestral/primal – an emphasis on nutrient-dense whole foods that our ancestors ate in abundance, and avoidance of inflammatory modern food sources. I have years of experience experimenting with keto/paleo/carnivore diets, as well as intermittent and multi-day water fasting, and I often cycle in different ways of eating to stay metabolically flexible.
My fitness routine is a mixture of high intensity sprints and low intensity long distance runs on thin barefoot running shoes, and bodyweight strength training with gymnastic rings. I’ve trained for two marathons, with a PR of 3 hours and 38 minutes. I also have experience in Muay Thai, competitive dragon boat racing in Hong Kong, and classical strength training with weights and machines.
As for my personal background: I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and after 16 years of living in the United States, I moved back to Hong Kong, where I have been calling home for the last 10 years. I’m natively fluent in English and Cantonese, conversational in Mandarin, and I have bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a former life, I was a product manager and UX designer in Silicon Valley for 7 years. I later became a passionate photographer, which eventually led me to capturing the surreal sights and people at Burning Man, where I participated as a documentarian, art builder, visual designer, and other lead roles with multiple art projects and artist collectives, during the 10 times I attended their main and regional events in Nevada, South Africa, Spain and Israel.
You can find out more about me at https://kennyyu.org