Asia Janina Dyrkacz and Meret Hulliger, international models, global citizens, spiritual searchers, alcoholism and substance abuse counselors ,meditators & yoga lovers, are pleased to welcome you in the Models Against Addictions nonprofit (501)(C)(3) foundation.
Being involved in the modeling world, we have experienced the best, modern civilization can offer. Still we both had a yearning to explore the deeper meaning of life until we discovered Yoga & Meditation.
The magnificent ancient eastern knowledge helped us to find balance & happiness in our life and we feel compelled to share. We are conscious of the global impact that models and fashion industry has on the whole society. We would like not only to stand in the spot light, but to be Role Models and introduce to models and society the gift of personal freedom by practicing Yoga & Meditation.
All Models are welcome to join Models Against Addictions (MAA) and help us to create the movement and make the world a better place to live .
We are honored to welcome you to join us on the quest of self-discovery and spiritual growth with the MAA project !
Asia Janina Dyrkacz
Model / Certified Meditation Coach / Certified Addictions Counselor
“The addiction of my father took away my childhood and his life…
The addictions of my kids prevented them from continuing their education…
The addiction of my soul mate destroyed our ability to trust & love…
The addiction of my brother took away his life…
My addictions have prevented me from a conscious and balanced life…
I became strong enough and aware to get motivated to stop this vicious circle, liberate and heal.
The tremendous amount of loss that I experienced in my life was my motivation to start Models Against Addictions foundation to help others “.
Asia has accumulated all her knowledge and life experience to create Models Against Addictions Foundation /MAA/. She feels that society is at a turning point in the way addictions are viewed and we are transcending to a place where dependency can addressed with more compassion and love, recognizing the need for complete, holistic approach to the treatments
MAA promotes through the powerful fashion world and influential modeling community the vision for holistic healthy beauty of the mind, spirit & body and educates the society in order to eliminate the stigma of addictions which are among the major global health problems of urban life, affecting more than 20 million people only in America.
As a Model she has been experiencing an unusual, yet fascinating career. She started modeling relatively late, at 40 with Elite Model Management, one of the biggest fashion agencies. Asia has been walking runways in Paris for brand such as Hermes. She was seen in various commercials: BMW, Trump Towers Target, and TV serial such as Sex and the city, 30 Rock, W.E, etc. She has appeared in Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, Newsweek and More magazines, Discovery Health Channel, WVVH-TV, Hamptons TV and LTV- Hamptons Hello Morning talk show.
As a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, she has developed deeper understanding of the intricacies, causes & treatment alternatives for addictions. She promotes the vision that dependency is a symptom not the actual problem. People who are seeking relief through substance abuse are on a quest to find inner peace and awareness. The path to personal freedom from addictive behaviors lies in a spiritual, inner journey of self-discovery via meditation. She volunteered in the Chemical Dependency Program in Harlem and Project Renewal Shelters, introducing meditation in group therapies .
As a Meditation Coach, Asia made several pilgrimages to Rehabilitation/Ashram centers in India to study and practice Eastern techniques and treatments, including Vipassana – 10 day silent meditation. She visited many times the Yogi Bhajan Ashram in New Mexico and practiced Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. She received a certificate from Super Health, a system of Yogic Sciences for breaking addictive habits and behaviors.
As a Woman, Asia has had diverse experiences, ranging from the impoverished childhood in communist Poland, difficult emigrant survival time, to the vibrant cosmopolitan urban life in Paris & New York. This cultivated in her appreciation of the small things in life, open mind and eagerness to embrace and explore new sets of values or belief systems that come in her way. She went through difficult emotional period, struggling to prevent her bi-polar son’s cognitive abilities and memory from deterioration and ultimately found a holistic approach for his healing. This challenging, winding and diverse path made her stronger & wiser and motivated her to create a 40 days holistic program for recovery and mental illnesses healing.
Model / Certified Addictions Counselor
Meret was born and raised in Switzerland.and moved to New York in 2003. She studied the Science of Communication at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Meret has worked extensively as an international model, which gave her the opportunity to travel all over the world and explore different cultures. Her modeling work has appeared in Glamour and Maxim magazines among others. She has worked on campaigns for Lise Charmel and appeared in runway shows for Calvin Klein and Dior . Meret is a devout yoga practitioner and has attended numerous yoga retreats across the country and in India. She also was involved in the Practical School of Philosophy in New York City. She is studying currently at ‘Shen Men Institut’ and ‘Akademie zur Berufsausbildung für Heilpraktiker’ in Berlin to become an alternative practitioner.
Asia and Meret have both received a scholarship from ACNY (Alcoholism Council of New York) and finish studying for their CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) Certificates in 2010.