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Micha Shaw, Sports Minded

Micha Shaw was born in Washington State, daughter of a South African mother and midwestern father. As a child her family moved a lot, living in England, South Africa and finally settling in Alaska. 


Her collegiate swimming career at UC Berkeley brought her to California. After working towards the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and coming up short, she turned to meditation and mindfulness to cope with feelings of shame and a sense of failure. Now a mother and happily married to her firefighter husband, Micha speaks about the tools she shares with other athletes on mental resilience.

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Dr. Monisha Vasa

Dr. Monisha Vasa is a board certified General and Addiction Psychiatrist, trained at Northwestern University, University of Illinois, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


She is currently a scholar of Narrative Medicine through Columbia University, which has been a longstanding dream of hers. Professionally, Dr. Vasa is in private practice in Newport Beach, California. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Mental Health Collective, a treatment center that redefines how we treat those with mental health challenges.


Welcome to a modern day advice column created by psychiatrist, Dr. Monisha Vasa, and senior meditation teacher, Cayce Howe.  Podcasting to you from Orange County, California. Here, no question is too big or too small, no topic is off topic, and the answers all begin and end within you. 


Join us as we share our spontaneous, off the cuff conversations exploring how to live, as we bring together our collective knowledge and experience from the worlds of mental health, mindfulness and meditation, of course always mixed with a healthy dose of creativity and beginner’s mind.

While we may find ourselves at the end with more questions than answers, we hope you join us in our quest to deepen how we live, laugh, love, and learn. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, take a seat on the cushion or the couch, and let’s chat about your burning questions. We’re so glad to be here with you.


~ Dr. Monisha Vasa and Cayce Howe

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Meet Your Hosts

Cayce Howe, Senior Meditation Teacher

Cayce is a Senior Meditation/ Dharma teacher for InsightLA and teaches meditation at two mental health facilities in Southern California.


He is a founding teacher for the InsightLA Long Beach branch, where he regularly teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Compassion, and other mindfulness and meditation offerings. Cayce also offers individual coaching, and has coached a number of professional athletes and olympic hopefuls.


Listening to myself lays the foundation of my professional life, which is spent listening to others. I learned to listen from how my own therapist listened to me... there's no shortcut to deep listening nor should there be.

Monisha Vasa, MD
Co-founder of MHLS Podcast

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