Trained Podcast: Reinvent Yourself with Maria Wada


Maria Wada doesn't just move for performance. The Nike yoga teacher tells us how to ditch perfection and focus on feeling.

Last updated: 13 December 2022
2 min read
How Nike Trainer Maria Wada Finds Happiness Through Movement

Trained is a podcast exploring the cutting edge of holistic fitness.

Nike yoga teacher Maria Wada used to be all about chasing dreams. That's why she left her home country of Japan to pursue—and achieve—a career as a professional dancer in the United States. But in the face of success, she realised the sacrifices she made to get there weren't always worth it. On this episode, she joins host Jaclyn Byrer to share how her practice helped her reconnect with herself and strengthen her relationships with others. She also tells us how she's been shaped by both Japanese and American culture, and how everyone can let go of ego, perfectionism and expectation to find fulfilment in movement.

"I want to shift the focus from a performance mindset to showing up, checking in and observing how you are today. That's kind of the point of yoga".

Maria Wada
Nike yoga teacher and dancer

Have a question about mindset, movement, nutrition, recovery or sleep? Have a suggestion for a guest or topic? Email Jaclyn at and she'll see what she can do.

Originally published: 22 December 2022

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