WHAT I DO
I create safe spaces for people to share authentically, and begin a journey of self-discovery and living with greater ease, through mindfulness practice.
Classes and Coaching sessions blend traditional Formal Mindfulness practice with emphasis on two off-the-cushion practices: Relational Mindfulness (deep listening, authentic speaking, cultivating empathy) and Applied Mindfulness (how we can apply meditation to practical, every-day scenarios). and
I help empower people to...
Find their inner-strength
Access their innate-wisdom
Fully accept themselves
Make healthier choices
Communicate with presence
Navigate difficult emotions (stress, overwhelm, anger, sadness, fear, self-judgment)
I teach mindfulness because it helped me transform my life.
The Struggle - When I was younger, I struggled deeply with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, and Tourette's syndrome. There were phases where constant feelings of worry and overwhelm took over my life, causing a mental-paralysis where I felt unable to function or accomplish basic tasks. I remember an all-consuming sense of loneliness that overtook my life; I had low self-esteem, was plagued by doubt and self-judgment, dark thoughts flooded my mind, and I had no real sense of self-worth or agency.
The Transformation - Learning mindfulness and other mind-body practices had a lasting impact on my life. It taught me to find a place within that was peaceful, and steady. It allowed me to observe my mind and where my thoughts would go, instead of blindly reacting off them. It opened up a world of experiencing how my body sensations manifested my emotions, and how tuning into my somatic experience allowed me to feel grounded and centered amidst difficulty. Relational mindfulness helped me listen more deeply, speak more authentically, and cultivate more empathy and kindness for other people.
Most importantly, mindfulness allowed me to welcome and accept all parts of myself: my feelings, my thoughts, my experiences, my decisions, my body sensations. It helped me feel whole. I began to treat myself with more kindness and gentleness, and develop a fierce sense of self-love, and even gratitude, for the hurdles I had overcome. For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of peace and empowerment, two emotions that used to be completely foreign to me. The peace came from learning to let things be that I had no control over, and allowing me to lean into and fully feel what arises within. The empowerment came from a new clear-seeing and awareness that comes with meditation practice. Within this space, it allowed me to make healthy, confident decisions to live life in harmony with my values, and to access an unshakable pillar of strength within when challenging life situations arise.