Explore Your Empowerment with CTEDU Trainer Sonia Bhandari

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Resiliency Series | 3 comments

Join CTEDU Trainer Sonia Bhandari and CTEDU Co-Founder, John Andrew Williams as they explore her personal and professional journey and the tipping point for her from enrolling in a self defense class to leading courses for women in Kenya to find personal and physical empowerment.

Sonia’s Story:

My journey into the world of Self defense and Coaching began over 6 years ago when I took my first Women’s Safety Workshop to overcome my own fears. My initial motivation? Fear of living in Kenya, or so I thought…. I later realized it was much deeper than that. It was a deep rooted fear, a deep lack of self-confidence and self-worth. I held within myself so many limiting beliefs and thought patterns that affected my spiritual and physical wellbeing. My ability to live life in a joyful way was becoming non-existent.

Just to give you a little additional insight into my inner workings, I struggled my whole life with confidence, with using my voice, with tackling difficult situations and conversations. Everything in my mind was a confrontation, and I was always prone to being in “victim mode”. Everything was always happening to me. From the day I walked into my first Personal Safety workshop in 2013, my transformation began. Within the first 5 minutes of class, I was thrown into a pressure induced demonstration and I broke down into tears.

It was by far a make or break moment for me. I had a choice to either crumble behind my fear and deep instilled lack of confidence or I could rise above it and tap into the best version of me. I chose option number 2 and something huge shifted within. The intention to empower myself was sparked. The rest is history. The default of all this learning and training was that I finally owned up to the part I was playing in life, i.e. the victim mentality. The experience shifted my spiritual, physical and mental mindset so powerfully, that I have been studying Personal Safety ever since. To date, the learning has not stopped and I realize my passion to pass forward these essential tools is too strong to ignore.

Now, through Self-defense training, Life Coaching and Empowerment Workshops that I design and facilitate, I work with women and teens to tap into their inner power. I want to give the tools that I consider essential to everyone.


To learn more about Sonia, you can visit her website, or sign up for our webinar here by selecting the event in our calendar and clicking “learn more”!

You can view the audio transcript here: Exploring Your Empowerment with Sonia Bhandari

Feeling empowered and inspired? Do you relate to any of her experiences? Let us know what aspects of Sonia’s story resonated with you the most in the comments below!

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  1. Jazzmin

    A truly incredible and inspiring woman. Thank you for this!

  2. Ashley

    What a powerful and inspiring conversation today!

  3. Amois

    What a wonderful talk! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and inspiration, Sonia!


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