About Yolanda

Yolanda at the Ganden Monastery kora in Tibet.

Things I love

  • Lobsang Wangdu (my husband)
  • hypnosis
  • travel
  • Tibet
  • the Himalayas
  • watermelon
  • hiking
  • photography
  • whole-food plant-based living
  • geeking out on all things related to the brain and spirit with the community of women hypnotist-coaches

Things I hate

  • Squash
  • Shopping of any kind
  • Running.

Transformative moments in my life

  • Buying a one-way ticket to magical Kathmandu when I graduated from grad school at UC Berkeley
  • Stepping off the night bus from Delhi to Dharamsala, falling in love with the mountains and Tibetan culture, and deciding at that moment that I was going to stay.
  • Realizing that I could change my experience by choosing particular thoughts. 🤯
  • Meeting Lobsang Wangdu in Dharamsala 💕
  • On arriving in California for grad school, getting off the Airporter on Durant Street when the driver announced “Berzerkley,” and feeling my soul smile.
  • Attending a ten-day Lamrim teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Mungod, India 🙏🏼

I’m proud of…

  • Supporting both travelers and Tibetans inside Tibet through the online travel business that I run with my husband (YoWangdu Experience Tibet: yowangdu.com)
  • Seeing my clients lighten and grow into themselves before my eyes.
  • Interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Getting certified in integrative hypnosis
  • Building a life of health and joy after decades of struggling with negativity and food addiction
  • Volunteer English teaching for Tibetan refugees for a year in Dharamsala, India
  • Reading my This I Believe radio piece — Living What You Do Every Day — to 11 million people on NPR one morning and having my piece chosen for the book series
  • Getting a black belt in Aikido after 5 years in Japan
  • Serving as President of the Berkeley Student Cooperative (Known then as the USCA)
  • My work, before I retired early from the University of California, San Francisco, for Dr. Bruce Alberts and Ron Vale. Even though science is not my personal passion, both of these great science leaders lit my path by totally living in their path of joy, and being good people doing good work for the world.

My greatest teacher

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

My purpose on this earth

  • Helping women reconnect to the source of their aliveness and joy. And thereby helping the world, which so badly needs women aligned with their soul’s purpose.
  • Serving the Tibetan people

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