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Alex B.

I was introduced to meditation many years ago as a child. My mother would often attend silent retreats when I was young. I was fascinated by how one could do that! Learn more
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Alex B.


What brought you to meditation? I was introduced to meditation many years ago as a child. My mother would often attend silent retreats when I was young. I was fascinated by how one could do that! What do you do all day? I thought I would go mad being just with my own thoughts. Then I attended classes with my mother held by a local hospital. The class technique used was guided body scan to help people with high blood pressure. My mother had high BP and was seeking natural alternatives. I was pretty amazed at how I was able to quickly drop my own blood pressure and release physical stress at will. Since, then I was devote and studied various forms of meditation and mindfulness.

Why do you guide meditation? The shift that meditation brought my life has been truly invaluable. I knew that I needed to help teach others who like me, have suffered with chronic high stress and anxiety. I continue to deepen my meditation practice and further my own studies. Currently, I am completing my Yoga Therapist certification (C-IAYT) with well over 1000 hours of clinical specialized training using movement, breath and meditation tools. I owe deepest gratitude to my many teachers and mentors. It is my duty to share the gift.

More about my experience... As an IT Consultant and Computer Engineer, my schedule was always full and mind constantly building, designing, analyzing, planning and simply working overtime for days on end. As with anything, there needs to be downtime to rest and regenerate. I used meditation throughout my career to clear away residual thoughts and mental noise, recalibrate, refresh my mind and body and bring deeper awareness. Meditation eventually became a necessary part of my daily routine and would be noticeable the days I had skipped or missed due to hectic schedules. The benefits are uncanny. Less stress, more positive outlook on the world, able to deal with different situations in rapid succession, acute awareness and deeper compassion to name a few.

Alysa O.

Meditation found me amidst chaos at a crazy time in my life, I would wake up before the sun or anyone else was up. It was my only alone time, soaked in silence, I sat in stillness, it became a ritual I craved, without even knowing it was meditation. Learn more
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Alysa O.


What brought you to meditation?
Meditation found me amidst chaos at a crazy time in my life, I would wake up before the sun or anyone else was up. It was my only alone time, soaked in silence, I sat in stillness, it became a ritual I craved, without even knowing it was mediation. For the first time in my life, I felt safe, secure in my own skin without taking a chemical to make be feel better. Meditation taught me how I could be okay being me, become a little more comfortable being uncomfortable. Through gifted teachers I also learned how to run my own energy, operate from my own information and flow along my purpose path.

Why do you guide meditation?
I believe Meditation is the most powerful tool we are all born with, often discovering its 'highest best use' is through skilled guidance. Meditation is totally personal, which is why I empower, offer suggestions, visualizations and helpful hints to own our choices, be aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations without having to attach. As we practice we begin to manifest intelligent strategies and rest in the ease of letting go, because it's fun. Mediation should be enjoyable, not just so we meditate more, also enjoy this awesome human experience, more!

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
As a certified yoga therapist, I have studied several lineages of ancient meditation practices, as well as modern scientific benefits. I have worked with a private teacher almost weekly for a few years on Energetic tools of meditation and studied with several Integrative Medical Doctors and Intuitive Healing guides.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
I am committed to my own daily practice, which enables me to be a clear, clean channel, and meet your intentions. My private clients have worked through grief, trauma, PTSD, co-dependance, addiction, creative blocks, to shift themselves into a better state of being.

Christy C.

My career, relationships, motivation, and sense of purpose had all come to a standstill, yet I had to keep moving forward. Meditation provided a space for me to explore, grow, and discover another part of myself that was always there, yet, I forgot how to access. Learn more
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Christy C.


What brought you to meditation? Crossroads in life are created for a reason and I decided to take the “road less traveled.” Meditation was the last thing I would ever ever considered. But my career, relationships, motivation, and sense of purpose had all come to a standstill, yet I had to keep moving forward. Meditation provided a space for me to explore, grow, and discover another part of myself that was always there, yet, I forgot how to access. With an experienced background in yoga (as a practitioner and teacher), meditation was integrated into my practice but in meditative movement form. Meditation brought me into a place of stillness where the mind-body-heart connection created a deeper experience of my human beingness.

Why do you guide meditation? I offer the guidance of meditation as a moment-to-moment experience; always changing and ever present. In everyday life, so many of us operate from a fragmented nervous system and we have no concrete connection to the present moment. I know this too well:) The moments where attention is present, stable, and felt, are grounding for the nervous system. The sense of grounding, connection and compassion are part of a being human. My purpose is to help others experience mindfulness meditation as a method to live from a greater place of clarity, calm, ease and freedom. By helping others create a personal practice of consistency and sustainability, it is hopeful those skills can be more easily applied to offer support in daily life.

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here? Experiencing and knowing suffering brought me here. I teach from that place. Judgement, shame, doubt, attachments, boredom are just a few of the many feelings encountered on the path. But mediation has offered a middle ground to life that brings me support while incorporating contemplative practices into everyday encounters. After Vipassana (10-day silent retreat), multiple silent retreats, and MBSR mindfulness retreats thereafter, I pursued the teacher pathway of MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for UMass School of Medical Science. I am now a Qualified MBSR teacher who offers an 8-week MBSR course to help others on their journey of awareness, stress reduction and well-being.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting? MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness tools—the building blocks of mindfulness meditation and how to establish a personal meditation practice. Mindful Eating-how to develop a healthier relationship to food and eating. I have been a stress and emotional eater for many years, but after being certified in MB-EAT, eating is now a nourishing experience versus a mind-numbing release. Mindfulness tools for Parents and Educators--As a public school educator of 18 years and teaching yoga + mindfulness in schools, I offer support to parents and high school age students who may suffer from anxiety, depression, etc. Additionally, I work with athletes (professional, collegiate, high school and youth) with specific focus on attentional stability, self-awareness, and application on/off the playing field.

David M.

I came to meditation practice first from reading the amazing Zen book “Opening the Hand of Thought”. It offered one of the clearest most rational worldviews I had experienced and the heart of the philosophy was the actual practice of seated meditation. Learn more
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David M.


What brought you to meditation?
I came to meditation practice first from reading the amazing Zen book “Opening the Hand of Thought”. It offered one of the clearest most rational worldviews I had experienced and the heart of the philosophy was the actual practice of seated meditation.

Why do you guide meditation?
I believe that meditation is one of the great answers to the modern world’s sometimes-adverse side effects. I genuinely believe that we can become less reactive, more connected and closer to our truest selves through this practice and I love being a part of that process for each guest in class.

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
I have been teaching yoga since 2007 and have led literally thousands of classes and taught tens of thousands of students. I’ve traveled and trained across America, India, London, Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi and Sweden with world-renowned teachers such as Erich Schiffmann and Shiva Rea. I’ve opened and managed yoga studios and has been a part of 50+ Teacher Trainings across a wide variety of studios. Furthermore, I’ve led hundreds of lectures-- my favorite topics being non-dualism, the Isha Upanishad and love. I have also recently completed a Yoga Nidra training in LA with Hilary Jackendoff and Gyanbindu. I’ve been regularly teaching meditation classes since late 2016.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
  • Regular/daily meditation coaching
  • Individual meditation sessions
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Open to customize to your needs

Jennifer P.

My journey into becoming a meditation teacher began when I started a regular, daily practice of meditation over five years ago. I wanted to have a deeper connection to myself and a feeling of being at home. Learn more
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Jennifer P.


What brought you to meditation?
My journey into becoming a meditation teacher began when I started a regular, daily practice of meditation over five years ago. I wanted to have a deeper connection to myself and a feeling of being at home.

Why do you guide meditation?
While learning the various techniques and soon having a greater understanding of myself, I sensed that there was so much more to this daily ritual. Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness, I have experienced a deeper sense of happiness, calm, contentment, and joy in my life.

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
I am now a certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute of San Francisco, California. I have attended many eight-day silent meditation retreats through Spirit Rock, as well as many daylong retreats through the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. As a Mindfulness Teacher, I am passionate about sharing the beauty of meditation with others while always continuing to grow and expand upon my education and my daily meditation practice.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
Mindfulness and Meditation

Leah K.

I first experienced mindfulness and presence through the practice of yoga. I soon found that the peace and calm I found on my mat also started to show up in the rest of my life too. Learn more
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Leah K.


What brought you to meditation? I first experienced mindfulness and presence through the practice of yoga. I soon found that the peace and calm I found on my mat also started to show up in the rest of my life too. In 2017 I attended a two day meditation workshop with Megan McCarver and have been exploring meditation ever since.

Why do you guide meditation? I hope to share the sense of grounding, calm, and clarity, that mindfulness and meditation can provide. It is a wonderful way to practice self-care while building the skills to be present and show up for ourselves in life. My goal is to make the practice of meditation approachable and accessible. My favorite aspect of meditation is that it is forgiving; it’s okay if your mind wanders, just take a breath and try again!

Madison C.

I have always had a deep fascination with the power of the mind and how it works. This originally lead me to study philosophy and psychology all through out school. Learn more
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Madison C.


What brought you to meditation? 

I have always had a deep fascination with the power of the mind and how it works. This originally lead me to study philosophy and psychology all through out school. Then as I started teaching yoga and became aware of it's deeper philosophical roots, I was lead to study its origin and brought to meditation. The feeling that you get after a strong flow on the mat is available to you when you train the mind and body to sit and be present on the cushion. I also believe meditation isn't just about quieting the mind but what you learn and observe about yourself while you get there. It is a practice and a process, not a destination.
 
Why do you guide meditation? 

It is my unique calling and karma in this life to teach and guide others. When I find something that brings me joy and makes my life better, I naturally to want to share it with others.
 
Can you share more about your experience and journey to here? 

Madison came to yoga after 10 years as a ballerina left her body injured and unable to move. It was yoga that brought her body and spirit back to life! It was out of a deep appreciation and love for the practice that she started teaching. Over the last six years she has deepened her teaching past the physical and into the subtle and spiritual sides of the practice. Studying under teachers like Seane Corn, Ashley Turner, Robert Birnberg, Jenny Vande Hei and Kate Mulheron she has accumulated thousands of teaching and training hours that have lead her to a practice deeply seated in the journey back to the Self through asana, meditation, self study and philosophical immersion. Madison teaches with her whole heart and is passionate about bringing love, light and peace to the world at a time when it most needs it.
 
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting? 

Traditionally yoga and meditation were passed down from teacher to student in a one-on-one settings. This is still the most enriching way to work with and understand these practices. In private settings your specific needs and goals can be more effectively taken into account, stream lining your progress. Individual sessions can include working with chakra balancing, yoga therapy, mantras, sound healing, life coaching, guided meditation and philosophical discussion and study.

Mona V.

Mona took a meditation course for one high school semester during her junior year in 2000. After sporadic practice through the years, it has become an important part of her lifestyle in the past few years. Learn more
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Mona V.


What brought you to meditation?
Mona took a meditation course for one high school semester during her junior year in 2000. After sporadic practice through the years, it has become an important part of her lifestyle in the past few years. Through meditation, Mona has learned to trust her inner experiences and intuitive feelings so that she can stand firmly with confidence in the center of her being and engage more fully with life.

Why do you guide meditation?
As a meditation guide, Mona’s greatest hope is to create a space for you to tune in with your inherent wisdom and healing abilities.

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
Mona has studied the following: Yoga Therapy Rx at Loyola Marymount University, Radiance Sutras Meditation with Dr. Lorin Roche, and Yoga Nidra Meditation with Hilary Jackendoff & Gyanbindu.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
In a one-on-one setting, I offer sound healing, yoga therapy, Reiki (Reiki Master level), and Yoga Nidra or any other meditation styles (customed to meet individual needs).

Nico F.

The simple answer is that meditation is a natural extension of my qigong practice. There are essentially 3 kinds of qigong – moving, standing and sitting. Of the 3 kinds, sitting is considered the most advanced. Learn more
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Nico F.


What brought you to meditation?
The simple answer is that meditation is a natural extension of my qigong practice. There are essentially 3 kinds of qigong – moving, standing and sitting. Of the 3 kinds, sitting is considered the most advanced.

In traditional Daoist cultivation, you would normally start by practicing moving qigong to build up your physical body, and to increase circulation/awareness of internal energy or "qi" in your body. This makes it a great starting point for all kinds of practitioners.

From an external viewpoint, moving qigong exercises look simple and repetitive. But when you work with a qualified instructor, you learn certain requirements that transform moving qigong from an aerobic exercise into an internal practice. These requirements relate to posture, breath, intention and active relaxation. Once cultivated to a sufficient level, these requirements translate seamlessly into standing and sitting meditation.

Why do you guide meditation?
I guide meditation and qigong practices because it’s the compassionate thing to do. If I can help someone attain more clarity in their practice, improve their health, or gain a better quality of life, I have done the right thing. This makes guiding others an essential part of my own practice.

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
Jericho "Nico" Fulgencio is a certified Shibashi Level 1 and Level 2 instructor from the Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute. He has been studying qigong with founder & chief instructor Sifu Wing Cheung and senior instructor Ryan Lee since 2015. Nico is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 RYT), having trained under veteran yoga instructor David Miller.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi (Moving Qigong)
Qigong Mode and Tai Chi Posture Requirements
Daoist Meditation: Dan Tian Breathing (focus), Three Lines Relaxation (visualization) 

Roy H.

Being a single father of two teenage children and owning my own small business generated a lot of stress and health issues in my life. In 2010, while attending yoga classes, I was introduced to meditation. Learn more
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Roy H.


What brought you to meditation?
Being a single father of two teenage children and owning my own small business generated a lot of stress and health issues in my life. In 2010, while attending yoga classes, I was introduced to meditation. A group meditation class was started at the yoga studio and I embarked on the most life-changing journey of my life. After just a few sessions of meditation, I started to realize the medical and emotional benefits were significant for me.

Why do you guide meditation?
My deepest desire is to help others achieve peace in their lives, realize their true inner joy and along the way alleviate physical aliments by learning to calm the mind through meditation. Please join me on this transformative meditation odyssey by attending my Focus Meditation and Breathing Mediation classes here at MDitate.

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
I started reading books on meditation and its vast benefits from authors such as Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Eknath Easwaran, Norman Rosenthal, Deepak Chopra and others. I listened to guided meditations and started my own meditation practice. For over six years now I meditate daily and sometimes twice a day. I have trained in Anapana Meditation, Transcendental Meditation (Mantra Meditation) and Mindfulness Meditation.

I currently practice meditation daily, teach meditation, teach Vinyasa yoga and still run my small business. I am now married with four grown children and one beautiful grandchild.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
I can offer the opportunity to delve deeper into the benefits of meditation and clear the roadblocks to a successful meditation in a supportive, calm, loving, private environment.

Vanessa H.

After practicing yoga for many years I found myself in an Ashtanga yoga class. I had always enjoyed yoga, but that day there was something different, something deeper. The breath-centered practice gave me a sense of peace and presence I had never experienced before. Learn more
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Vanessa H.


What brought you to meditation?

After practicing yoga for many years I found myself in an Ashtanga yoga class. I had always enjoyed yoga, but that day there was something different, something deeper. The breath-centered practice gave me a sense of peace and presence I had never experienced before. I was eager to recreate this experience outside of an intensely physical activity and discovered Shamatha, a seated meditation where I was able to be without doing.
 
Why do you guide meditation?

Meditation gives us an opportunity to be present and abide in who we truly are. To create space between what happens to us and how we choose to respond. I feel blessed every time I am able to share this gift with others and be part of the moment when they come back home to themselves.
 
Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?

All my life I had followed what was expected of me - go to college, work a corporate job, get promoted. Yet despite all this external success I was unfulfilled, there was something missing. Something I found when I began teaching yoga in 2016. Since then I have taken more than a thousand hours of training in yoga, meditation and philosophy; taught hundreds of classes and led yoga teacher trainings. I have guided meditation classes since 2017, and am currently enrolled in training to become a yoga therapist. It is my joy to continue learning and sharing what I discover on my journey.
 
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
  • Guided meditations and meditation coaching
  • Help with developing a personal meditation practice
  • Customized breath and movement practices to complement your meditation
For what you do to others, you do to yourself. — Eckhart Tolle