John jaksich MAPC mba


As a life coach, John displays exceptional communication and listening skills. John is an experienced and evocative teacher, an intuitive and compassionate coach. John’s formal education and exceptional professional background are enhanced by 15 years of personal seeking; reading, retreats, workshops, etc.

John is also an accomplished management professional with over 30 years of leadership experience in business. He is exceptionally strong in strategy, negotiations, and finance.

Education / Training

MA - Magna cum laude - Professional Counseling - Ottawa University - 2012

MBA - Marketing & Finance - Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University - 1992

BA - Political Science - University of Iowa - 1983

Yoga Alliance CYT - Chicago Yoga Center - 2006

C-IAYT - Certified Yoga Therapist International Association of Yoga Therapists - 2017

Professional Experience – Behavioral Health

Prior to founding A Transcendent Life in early 2014, John leveraged a successful internship with UHS a fortune 500 behavioral healthcare company into a program director position. During his tenure, John successfully revamped and turned around a failing program. He was responsible for all operational aspects of the program as well as serving as the lead therapist. John’s work included group, individual and family therapy.

Professional Experience - Business

John’s professional career embodies a long history of success and progressively increasing responsibilities. His career includes tenures with Fortune 500 companies including ABN Amro, Citi, and Exelon. Additionally, John has worked in several entrepreneurial enterprises in both operational and consultative roles. Over the entirety of John’s career, he has consulted with hundreds of privately held, mid-sized businesses and worked closely with a like number of senior executives and entrepreneurs. John has also recruited, trained and mentored dozens of high potential individuals.

Professional Experience – Yoga

John has been practicing yoga since 1996 and a certified yoga teacher since 2006. He has taught continuously since receiving his certification; at times as many as 15 classes per week. John also certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a Yoga Therapist in 2017. John views yoga as the near perfect tool for aligning mind, body and spirit.

“On the mat we ‘practice’ things like balance, flexibility, power, grace and equanimity. Those words have meaning in the world as well. We ‘practice’ to hone these skills and live a better life as result.”