Testimonials

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There's nothing like hearing it straight from the horse's mouth. Enjoy!

Hear from Women…
on finding their way to Luminous Leadership and extraordinary relationships

Megan

"[When] I make sure my needs are met and I am balanced … I can be the woman I want to be for my son, my family, my business and someday for a lover."
"It has been very powerful to work with LiYana. I finally understand what's been going on with all of my "failed relationships." I am in my early 30's and was brought up by a feminist mom who was challenged by social norms in the Midwest. I always knew I was in the drivers seat in my life, but kept having lovers call me "crazy b*#ch" when I thought I was stepping into my power.

I realized that the biggest blow ups occurred when I was feeling imbalanced – more masculine energy than feminine, when my well was dry. I didn't have the tools or the language to be able to communicate with my guy about how to support me — or at least in a way that made sense to him.

Now that I'm a newly divorced mom of a toddler and thinking about relationships again someday, I realize that all these external demands require that I "put on my oxygen mask first" — that I make sure my needs are met and I am balanced, so that I can be the woman I want to be for my son, my family, my business and someday for a lover."

Megan Franzen, Mom & Health and Wellness Counselor
New York

ShireenD

"Since working with Liyana two years ago, I have been in a happy relationship with Mr. Right!"

"Working with LiYana has been an enlightening experience. My original intention was to unlock some of my subconscious ways of thinking that was blocking me from meeting "Mr. Right" vs. "Mr. Right now".

From the very beginning to the very last session, LiYana gently guided me in becoming aware of my negative thought patterns and how they have manifested into my life in a pervasive way. She challenged me with "homework" assignments, and also encouraged me with my own experiments and ideas.

As a result, I am even more aware about my thoughts and what they mean. Even those tiny subtle ones that seem to come up and cause the pain and suffering my life. I know that anyone who meets or works with LiYana will have a positive, relationship-changing experience.

I really feel like she cares and wants everyone in the world to be in a happy and exciting relationship! Also, since working with LiYana, I have been in a happy relationship with Mr. Right!"

Shireen Damagani, Textile Designer
Boston

ShannonM

"LiYana's has an uncanny ability to truly SEE people."

"Before I worked with LiYana, I didn't know that people like her existed. She has the appearance and presence of a consummate professional paired with the soulful depth of a sage. I cherish hearing what she says, and being heard by her, because she unveils aspects of me that I myself had never seen. She has an uncanny ability to SEE people.

LiYana's perspective will often transform my idea of a character flaw into both a character blessing and a character lesson. The insights and realizations from our coaching work freed me from spending energy thinking about why I was "deficient", and allowed me to put that energy into creating my artwork. LiYana taught me how to listen patiently in order to learn from myself- with wonderful results!

Her patience with and acceptance of me helped me bloom and create a thriving business and I am so grateful. I got so much from her workshop, as well. Years later, my partner and I are still having more fun with each other! As a teacher, LiYana has the ingenious ability to transform esoteric principles into concrete, simple, everyday tools. She has figured out how to take ancient universal teachings and put them into the fabric of our modern life. And that makes life better!"

Shannon McCarthy, Artist
www.shannonmccarthy.com
Connecticut

KellyD

"Working with LiYana is like working with a sure thing!"

"As an entrepreneur and business owner it is easy to get wrapped up in the logistical aspects of growing a business and get distracted by things that are not committed to your vision. As a coach LiYana supported me to zero in on what was important as a business leader and speaker and let go of what got in my way.

LiYana has a very gracious yet direct approach that stimulate inspiration and action in her clients – for me it was in the area of business, but I have witnessed her do the same for those struggling with their health and lifestyle.

If you are committed to making a difference in that area for yourself get yourself a coach that is a sure thing like LiYana!"

Kelly Drury, Entrepreneur
New York

NancyW

"While speaking from the heart, LiYana gets right to the heart of the matter…"

"Knowing and working with LiYana, as a coach and teacher, has deeply shifted and enhanced my life and my family's life. She is a rare gem and it is a gift to spend time with her. She gets right to the heart of the matter while speaking from the heart with a lightness of spirit and a gentle touch. Her presence is experienced like a ray of sunshine for both its light and its warmth.

LiYana artfully, lovingly and precisely, touched my life both professionally and personally. Specifically, as I was training to become a health counselor, LiYana was my role model. She was instrumental in my transformation from a retired marketing executive/MBA/stay-at-home mom to a holistic health counselor with a thriving private practice.

It was during a group exercise that she was leading for a group of 100 that I had my most significant "breakthrough" moment with LiYana. During the exercise, I was transported to a moment when I was 4 years old. I came to understand how this experience had influenced my personality and all my relationships. I became freer to fully connect with every person who crosses my path each day.

My entire experience as a human being has been significantly enhanced by my work with LiYana."

Nancy Weiser, CHHC, MBA
www.weiserchoices.com
New York

RosalindaP

"LiYana lives what she teaches."

"I have learned so much from Liyana, especially about myself as a woman and what that really means to me; about relationships with myself and with others and particularly an intimate relationship with a man. I'd sort of given up on finding a good relationship, but I'm now with a man who is great, very loving, caring and thoughtful. We laugh a lot and he actually says what he feels and is very sweet; I like him a lot and I love how I feel with him.

Working with LiYana has been an amazing journey and adventure, because even when you are dealing with uncomfortable subjects she makes it lighter and fun, and she is so gentle yet direct and to the point. I have found it so incredible to learn from her because she inspires me with the adventure and passion in her life. She says things in a direct yet such a sweet and gentle way so that hard things are easier to digest. Her personality, life and relationship are very inspiring to me and a great example of what she teaches with such passion."

Rosalinda Paez, Chef
Mexico & New York

MeganB

"The insights I gained while working with LiYana continue to affect my life and my relationship five years later."

"LiYana Silver is one of the best listeners around. She provides a calm and welcoming space in which to explore the vast and often daunting world of healthy communication in intimate relationships. The insights I gained while working with LiYana continue to affect my life and my relationship five years later.

Her excitement, her sensitivity, and her commitment to those she works with, are amazing!"

Megan Brunsvold, Dance and Pilates Instructor
New York

AngelaS

"Working with LiYana was fun and serious at the same time. My life has transformed because of her!"

"I started to work closely with LiYana when I found myself at a crossroad of making some big decisions for my life: moving back to Taiwan and starting a new business there.

Her genuine and unlimited support and love guided me to use my own inner wisdom to figure out solutions that work to go through a tough period of my life. With her support, I was able to regain trust to myself, bring back my self-confidence, and break through my fears. I also learned how to take the first step to ask for support, which were all huge for me. Creating a network of like-minded people and community was so important. For all this, I am forever grateful.

Working with LiYana was fun and serious at the same time. I was able to open up freely, reflect and discover the ME that I never knew of. I enjoyed every single session with her, A LOT! My life has transformed because of LiYana! Thank you, LiYana!"

Angela Su, Pharmacist
Taiwan


Hear from Couples…
on stepping out of relationship ruts and creating extraordinary partnerships

ShannonM

"Without the skill we learned with LiYana, we would have assumed we were incompatible and gone our separate ways. Getting the right insights and guidance has saved our relationship."

"When we started working with LiYana, we had breakdowns in communication, weren't aware of each other's needs and we were constantly thinking, "What's wrong with him? Does he think I'm stupid and can't do it? What's wrong with her? Why is she so sensitive?" We thought we were having the same experience and even had the same approach to relationships, but we weren't at all on the same page. Our relationship was volatile, and we both had resentment and blame, despite our best intentions. With every issue that cropped up, we were constantly asking, "Should we end it, or keep going?"

Our general education around relationships was limited, especially the Man/Woman dynamic. We didn't know our problems were normal. When we worked with LiYana, especially on decoding men and demystifying women, she opened our eyes to seeing how women and men are playing the same game, but we play it differently. The things going on in our heads are vastly different! The communication piece has created peace for us. Thank goodness!

Without these skills, we would have assumed we were incompatible and gone our separate ways. Getting the right insights and guidance has saved our relationship. We also paid attention to how LiYana was in her own relationship. We didn't know anyone except for them who loved the person they were with and were also was free to be themselves. We only knew people who were trapped in a relationship or really self-expressed and single! It's incredibly rare to see such an amazing relationship and to have them as role models is so valuable.

We got truly amazing results from applying simple things. We have more tolerance for each other as well as a sense of calm and peace. We are living the relationship. We've found our own selves and we contribute to each other's growth. There's not constant doubt or questioning and we don't freak out should things get really uncomfortable now and again. The challenging times have been fertilizer to grow; our relationship is blossoming even more so today than ever.

Steve M., Retreat Center Owner & Shannon M., Artist
Connecticut

"The whole process hasn't always been a snap – but it has been way easier than breaking up, getting a divorce down the road or continuing to fight and make each other miserable."

We found LiYana because we were considering the possibility of opening up our relationship, and trying to figure out what that really meant. We struggled with feeling like bad people, selfish, confused, and angry at each other. We'd been together 10 years, and were trying to figure out who we were and what we wanted as we thought about getting married and having kids.

The first thing LiYana did was help us connect to a community of people who were going through similar things. Who knew there were others!? There was no one we could talk to about this – not family, not friends. Then she worked with us separately, to see where our patterns and habits and blind spots were, so we could have a better relationship with ourselves – and with each other. Then we did what seemed really strange and novel; she had us "unpack" what things like marriage meant to us, also commitment, love, safety… In taking a closer look, for each of us, at these things we hadn't really talked about, we were able to start fresh, see each other newly, and we are now starting to piece together what we wanted our relationship to look like and be like, bit by bit.

The whole process hasn't always been a snap – but it has been way easier than breaking up, getting a divorce down the road or continuing to fight and make each other miserable. We have so much thanks for our work with LiYana."

Tina S., Interior Designer & Jack P., Software Programmer
New Jersey

"I've transformed my listening of men. I now understand my husband, for the first time in six years."

"I no longer think women – specifically my wife – are crazy. We're getting along better than we have in six years!"

Rose Faraline, Sales Trainer & Bruce Faraline, Financial Advisor
San Francisco


Hear from those
who have done Workshop Intensives and Retreats with LiYana

PinaDP

"LiYana planted a beautiful seed in me that I am now cultivating into quality relationships with myself and others. I have never enjoyed myself this much!"

"LiYana's weekend retreat created an amazing and safe space to dive deep and find the obstacles that stop me – and that I put in my own way!

Experiencing some powerful "a-ha" moments has helped me link my past to my current behaviors. This has been the key factor in helping move towards healthier ways of thinking and being. LiYana's teaching style allows me to speak freely and never feel judged. I feel guided by her knowledge and inspired by her spirit. I love and respect her the more I work with her.

She planted a beautiful seed in me that I am now cultivating to create long and quality relationship with myself and others. I have never enjoyed myself this much! I have nothing more to say but Thank You."

Pina DiPalma, IT Professional
Connecticut

Laura

"I respond to situations with a new thoughtfulness and calm because of these insights that LiYana has guided me to."

"It has been my privilege to have had the opportunity to work with LiYana in several formats – at a Workshop Intensive, in a small group coaching session, and in individual coaching sessions.

LiYana is a woman of many rare and special gifts. In a group setting I was moved by her ability to radiate love and warmth to each participant unconditionally and in any setting I am continually amazed by her ability to listen – really listen – and provide spontaneous relevant insight. She is unfazed by the direction the conversation goes in and is able to go with it while always keeping sight of the goal and gently guiding the individual back.

Each time I work with LiYana, regardless of the setting her insights and feedback teach me new things about myself and give me new skills to relate in the world. She has guided me to stretch and I felt myself grow through my work with her.

I have learned, and continue to learn, about why things make me tick in a particular way and I respond to situations with a new thoughtfulness and calm because of these insights that LiYana has guided me to. I feel blessed with a rare gift to have had the opportunity to have worked with and to continue to work with LiYana."

Laura, Student of Life
New York

ManuB

" …rather than just lists of theoretical concepts, LiYana offers profound, vital information that is easy to integrate into one's life and put into practice."

"LiYana is one of the most articulate, dynamic teachers I have witnessed leading groups.

She presents material in a way that is understandable, accessible, and usable; rather than just lists of theoretical concepts, she offers profound, vital information that is easy to integrate into one's life and put into practice. Perhaps because her style is a mix of both the reverent and the irreverent, she is able to create a learning environment that is both light and easy, yet grounded, awe-inspiring and transformational."

Manu Butterworth, Director and Founder
Golden Gate School of Feng Shui
www.fengshuischool.com
San Francisco

StevenM

"I saw immediate benefits which have continued to blossom in my life."

"I was so happy with the insights I received during a recent Workshop Intensive on Living Relationships. I learned tangible tools that I can use immediately to apply in my relationship and I can see where it is working already.

LiYana is an amazing facilitator and creates an open and safe space. I can't wait for the next one and staying connected with my journey."

Steven A. Munn, Founder
Clear Point Retreat Center
www.yourclearpoint.com
Connecticut

"The Decoding Men, Demystifying Women Workshop transformed my understanding of the opposite sex. It is a must do for anyone looking to go deeper."

"Decoding Men, Demystifying Women was the workshop that I've been waiting for. By providing additional insight to myself and my relationship, this event has transformed my understanding of the opposite sex. It is a must do for anyone looking to go deeper."

Leroy Thompson, Technology Consultant
New York

ShannonM

"I got so much from your workshop. I'm excited. Already my partner and I are having more fun with each other."

"The workshop was so great! Thank you! I loved seeing the contentment people had about them as they headed home. Thank you for magnetizing such a special group of exceptional people.

I got so much from your workshop. I'm excited. Already my partner and I are having more fun with each other. I'm grateful to have learned how to ask for what I want and also to ask for his opinion about things – the "how would you solve it?" bit. Now I see that I have also been providing unsolicited solutions to people in other relationships. And it's wonderful to know that that isn't often necessary, nor is it actually productive! Alright!

Thanks for the many 'A-ha' moments!"

Shannon McCarthy, Artist
Connecticut

Heather2

"LiYana is easy to trust; she always has our best interests at heart."

"When I arrived for LiYana's retreat I was semi-involved with a man and we were having a lot of problems. We fought all the time, and our differences seemed insurmountable. By learning to be appreciating and approving, I feel I was given one of the secrets of life! And it still amazes me how simple it is, and what dramatic changes I've seen in my relationships.

LiYana and her male guest speakers shared experiences, tools and wisdom not just from their training but from their actual lives. Although I decided to end things with the man I was involved with, I was able to do so out of love, on good terms, and in a way that had us both feeling great. That was a first! And I didn't feel like I missed my opportunity with the only man in the world! Through the many things I learned during this retreat about myself and about relating to men, my heart and my eyes opened to realize how many great men I have in my life.

No matter what kind of relationship you are in or are dreaming of – you will learn a great deal through LiYana. She has a gift that is hard to put into words. It's not easy to do her work justice. But I will keep trying! She provides a peaceful, safe, inspired, juicy energy to be with. Working closely with her leads to healing and endless pleasures. I am forever grateful!"

Heather Cottrell, Holistic Lifestyle Coach
New York

VeronicaDLW

"I feel strong, for the first time in a while, to make changes in my life and to joyfully make decisions."

I am grateful I decided to come take LiYana's Living Relationships Retreat – last minute, without knowing much about her, and after the sudden death of my husband. It has been so helpful to me; I now know more about me, my patterns and why I feel such a heavy responsibility for all my loved ones and friends.

Thanks to LiYana, I feel great as a woman, as a person, as a friend and – one of these days (soooon) – as a lover, too. I feel strong, for the first time in a while, to make changes in my life and to joyfully make decisions."

Veronica DeLeWolf, Real Estate Developer
Mexico

AnnaT

" … it's the first time, after a long period, that I feel able to be soft toward myself, my partner and our relationship."

At first, I felt horrible after all these painful, hurting things came up in the workshop. But LiYana's strong but gentle encouragement enabled me to work on both my fears and wishes for my relationship. So it's the first time after a long period that I feel able to be soft toward myself, my partner and our relationship.

I've now got lots of tools and skills that will guide me to a more fulfilling relationship in all its cases and faces. And more acceptance of my own issues, fears and wishes. Thank you, LiYana, for triggering the right buttons… "

Anna T., Teacher
Israel

Dagmar1

"The party is on! LiYana, you are radiant and pure love!"

"My gratitude to LiYana for creating and holding an incredible, loving and compassionate space during this retreat for my own inspiration and transformation. I got a handful of new tools to create the relationship I have been visualizing for a long time.

The communication skills between men and women I learned are so valuable. Men do act, think, and feel differently than women and I've started appreciating their uniqueness and way of loving a woman in a new way. I am taking responsibility for my own enjoyment and feel more comfortable to stand up for my needs. All handouts – especially the sensuality homework exercises – are really great, fun and so helpful.

LiYana, you are radiant and pure love!"

Dagmar Spremberg, Founder, yoga teacher & nutrition coach
Montezuma Yoga
www.montezumayoga.com
Costa Rica


Hear from those
who've done Coaching & Counseling with LiYana

KikiO

"LiYana … has continually pushed me comfortably beyond my comfort zone."

"Over the last six months, LiYana has been a great resource for me, emotionally and spiritually, and an integral part of my personal growth. LiYana has always been sensitive to finding a solution that I felt would really work for me, and at the same time, she has continually pushed me comfortably beyond my comfort zone. She has a wonderful signature style – caring, intuitive and creative.

LiYana helped me work through a period of intense change in my life – dropping one safe career and diving into another altogether – and I have come out healthier in so many ways. This will always stay with me, and I am thankful to have had LiYana's counsel along the way."

Kiki Ong, Real Estate Broker
New York

TazminaD

"I was able to identify root causes of recurring conflicts in my personal relationships."

"When I started working with LiYana I felt full of potential, yet stuck in mediocrity. I was building my own small business and rebuilding after a divorce. While working with LiYana, in a Workshop Intensive and several rounds of personal coaching, I discovered the thoughts and beliefs that were draining my energy and diminishing my hope.

Her deep listening created a very personal, compassionate space where I could share the truth even when it was scary for me and I had a lot of resistance. I was able to identify root causes of recurring conflicts in my personal relationships.

As a result of working together, I am more self aware, more compassionate and accepting of myself. I have been able to get back in the driver's seat of my life. My whole outlook has changed and I am confident about moving forward. I am in a beautiful new relationship that we are both co-creating, from the ground up. I love and trust my current partner to a level I never thought possible after my divorce.

I completely love and respect LiYana as a person and for the work she does. The world is a better place with LiYana in it."

Tazima Davis, Fulfillment Coach and Wellness Consultant
www.innerstaff.wordpress.com
Washington, DC

LindaG

"LiYana has that rare ability to read your personality and immediately extract the best that you have to offer."

"LiYana's coaching style is warm and personal, creative and inspiring. She has that rare ability to read your personality and immediately extract the best that you have to offer.

Working with Liyana was a personally and professionally rewarding experience."

Linda Green, Lifestyle and Energy Coach
www.onequantumleap.com
Las Vegas

JenaLF

"You are a wonderment, a lotus in a muddy pond; a glittering, gallivanting delight!"

"I love your finesse, your wildness, your disregard of convention, and your courage."

Jena LaFlamme, Director of Jena Wellness Group & Weight-loss Expert
www.jenawellness.com
New York

ShannonM

"LiYana's style opens everyone up instead of closing shut – which means everybody can breathe. Her's is a unique approach because of her ability to create change without blaming or shaming anyone."

"You know how some people are kitchen-savvy? And some people are advertising-savvy? LiYana is heart-savvy! She can dodge into a heart matter unseen and make amazing, quick changes! It's like checking into a fine hotel. How did they clean my room? I didn't even see them! There's a mint on the pillow? But I had the door locked to this room!

Most other relationship counseling seeks to (overtly or covertly) subdue one of the parties in the relationship – whether that be through making-wrong, suppressing or telling one to tone down. LiYana's style opens everyone up instead of closing shut – which means everybody can breathe.

LiYana's is a unique approach because of her ability to create change without blaming or shaming anyone. You know how everybody else wants you to "take responsibility" and "own your faults"? LiYana's like, "Oh, what if we look at it in this different way?" Oh! Just look at my relationship a different way? Oh! I can do that!

LiYana adjusts the way the prism is facing but she doesn't blame the light."

Shannon McCarthy, Artist
Connecticut

"I didn't want to replicate the same mistakes over and over again, that have caused me or someone else heartache in the past."

"Before working with LiYana, I was in a very controlling, structured work environment. I was successful, made lots of money and passionate about my advocacy work for the Native American People, but I was aware that my life was heading toward "over."

I wanted to have a better understanding of myself, be brutally honest with my emotions and history and have a full range of life. I wanted to expand. And I didn't want to replicate the same mistakes over and over again, that have caused me or someone else heartache in the past. LiYana would nudge me to think anew and see with new eyes, but in a very gentle way. I could access things I hadn't felt in years.

She is a gentle teacher, and I use teacher in the most ethical, honest way. I still have my monetary and professional success, but I don't feel the need to chase it, and it's no longer my "dope." I have the ability consistently step back, look at myself and question myself. I have another half of life to live now, what am I going to do with that? Since taking tango for the past year and a half, I want to go to the championship in Buenos Aires!

LiYana helped me challenge my measuring stick of what success is."

Tom Rodgers, President of Carlyle Consulting Advocate/Lobbyist for Native American People
Virginia

NancyF

"LiYana is able to listen beyond my words – which greatly enhanced my growth."

"I found LiYana to be a very sensitive and caring counselor, always there to support me and especially encourage me. She is able to listen beyond the words which greatly enhanced my growth.

LiYana's coaching has made me more aware of who I am today, and I have definitely been able to re-define my boundaries as a wife and mother."

Nancy Finkenzeller, Nutritional Consultant
New York

MonicaS

"Through LiYana's insights on what causes me to go into negative spirals, I have learned to avoid them, and be more at peace."

"When I am working with LiYana, I feel as if I am being guided lovingly towards a deeper understanding of myself. She has pushed me to my limits while being patient and compassionate.

Through her insights on what causes me to go into negative spirals, I have learned to avoid them, and be more at peace. When we discussed the things that bring true joy to my life, I experienced my first of many aha! moments with LiYana. And now I am consciously filling my life with more joy. My relationship with myself grows stronger each day."

Monica Shah, CEO, Ideal Balance, Inc.
www.idealbalanceinc.com
New York

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