STAFF

 
"My self-healing odyssey is the journey of self discovery. MAYE comes from my exploration of trauma healing in Cambodia and in the United States. We cultivate members resiliency, health and nurture their innate ability to heal and learn, integrate into the mainstream, overcome social isolation and thrive."

"My self-healing odyssey is the journey of self discovery. MAYE comes from my exploration of trauma healing in Cambodia and in the United States. We cultivate members resiliency, health and nurture their innate ability to heal and learn, integrate into the mainstream, overcome social isolation and thrive."

LAURA SOM

MAYE Center Director. Self-Healing and Health Promotion Instructor. Long Beach is my community.  In 1992, when I was about 10 years old, I immigrated to Long Beach California from the refugee camps in Cambodia and remained a resident ever since. I was first enrolled in the last quarter of the 4th grade like a normal kid because of my age. No one, including myself, knew I was inflicted with PTSD and that my memories were suppressed due to extreme trauma. I didn’t even know my name.

I went to Poly High School and it is here that I began to take a stand that no one would ever understand. I knew something had happened to me that resulted in my circumstances. Despite all academic examinations that say I’m below average or normal, the micro-aggression and discrimination in Long Beach I knew those circumstances will not continue to limit my life, intelligence and has no say in my future.

I withdrew myself out of the normal high school curriculum. No more ESL classes or programs that put me behind in life. I began to organize my teachers and fellow students to support students’ academic achievement and founded a club on campus for students to mentor and help each other to succeed in school.

The risks I took in high school ended with a success.  I went to college and completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, finished my Pre-Med and took the medical school entrance examine as a person and student with PTSD. After college, I spoke up for a small portion of Long Beach to be designated as Cambodia Town to help my people heal from the destruction of our homeland and to build a new home here.

No one knew the invisible wounds and struggles in my heart. I continued to do medical missions in Cambodia from 2000 to 2014 and with an agenda to recover my memory and put my life back into one piece. Most of my memories have been recovered, I found my name, reunited with my foster parent, relatives and family. Now I’m left with one memory that I still await to embrace, the memory of my father.

I founded The MAYE Center. In 2013 I invited kindred souls to actualize the center. The center focuses on building a center of excellence as a space and community for people to cultivate their self-healing and academic advancement and to build a holistic integrated Healthcare system in Long Beach. My vision is to open opportunities for those who have suffered trauma to become whole again and nurture their innate ability to heal, learn and thrive.


JANE SHIN

Tai Chi Instructor. Through her convoluted life path, Jane has realized her calling to be in translating the Ancient Eastern philosophies and modalities for the modern Western seeker in accordance with the Daoist concept of change.

She lived in India studying Yoga and serving as an instructor in an ashram (monastery)—primarily to Westerners pursuing certifications as Yoga teachers.  While in India, she studied and traveled with her Reiki Master, and also had the privilege of studying Mantra with a teacher from a traditional Brahmin family.  Her explorations of Vedic Philosophy—the source of Yoga—eventually led her to the study of Jyotish, or the “Science of Light,” which deeply impacted her understanding of life, as it examines the human experience in light of the vast macrocosm of the universe itself.

In the United States, she was a student of the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu with teachers of the Yip Man lineage in Chicago and San Francisco.  Additionally, she pursued the study of Tai Chi (Zhao Bao and Yang styles) in the Los Angeles area, though it would not be until she met her master, “Sifu” Richard Tsim in Long Beach of Lau Kune Do, that she would actually root down anywhere—validating, perhaps, the old adage that “when the pupil is ready, the master will appear.”  Throughout her searching, she studied Daoist philosophy and Nei Gong with a direct disciple of a Wu Dang monk of the Tao Ahn Pai (Taoist Elixir Style) as well as with the Lotus Nei Gong School based out of the UK.

Jane currently pursues her passion in seeking to help others reconnect with the true, authentic self through the propagation of holistic nutrition and lifestyle education based on the teachings of nature—as explored through the arts mentioned above, in accordance with the individual’s inclinations.  She can be found instructing at Zen Recovery Path in Costa Mesa, a holistic addiction recovery center focusing on cultivating an individual’s strengths through Eastern modalities and education.  She also instructs Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the Lau Kune Do temples in Long Beach and Lake Forest.