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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.

Christian R.

My mom introduced me to yoga in 2009, which marked my first experience with mindfulness and turning inward. I want to share the profound awareness and relaxation techniques that have helped me greatly along my own path. Learn more
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Christian R.


What brought you to meditation?
My mom introduced me to yoga in 2009, which marked my first experience with mindfulness and turning inward.
 
Why do you guide meditation?
I want to share the profound awareness and relaxation techniques that have helped me greatly along my own path.
 
Can you share more about your experience and journey here?
Through the exploration of different styles of yoga, attending workshops, and talking with my mom (who is also my teacher), I started to realize how important it is to be present and aware on all levels of life.  As my inner and outer world changed for the better, I realized that I wanted to teach yoga and eventually signed up for my first teacher training in 2015.  It was there that I really began to play with meditation and was excited to integrate it into my teachings and my own practice.  I began teaching Sound Meditation in 2016, which kindled further interest in integrating the most effective techniques from different styles. I took an advanced yoga teacher training in 2017 which covered a wide array of meditation styles and how to teach them, including breath-focused practice (pranayama) & Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).  In 2018 I was invited to guide meditation at MDitate, and am so grateful to be a part of this community!
 
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
Working one-on-one offers the ability to address specific things that you are experiencing in your practice and in your life. We can work intimately with your unique needs to help resolve questions and challenges that you may be facing. 

Christine R.

With a 25-year corporate career, I understand the need to manage stress and find life balance. I guide meditation in hopes to spread peace, love and kindness! Learn more
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Christine R.


What brought you to meditation?
I was naturally drawn to meditation. As a young child, I would stare at a picture on the wall to settle my mind. Only decades later did I realize that I was practicing Trataka, the meditative practice of gazing at an external object. When I meditate, I can physically feel the stress leave my body. Meditation is like stepping into a warm bath. This release of stress is what initially brought me to meditation yet so many other benefits unfolded as my practice continued – contentment, compassion, self-love and awareness. 
 
Why do you guide meditation?
With a 25-year corporate career, I understand the need to manage stress and find life balance. I started practicing meditation as a way to calm my mind and increase mindfulness in my daily life. I believe that if I can meditate (with my over-active mind) then anyone can! I guide meditation in hopes to spread peace, love and kindness. Imagine the world if everyone meditated!
 
Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
As I personally began to experience the benefits of meditation, I wanted to learn more.  I enrolled in a certification course not to teach, but for my own personal growth. The benefits of meditation are something I just couldn’t keep to myself. The course ended with a 9-day intensive in Sedona. I taught the person sitting next to me on the flight back, guiding him through a meditation on the airplane. I immediately started teaching thereafter. Not only did I become certified through the McLean Meditation Institute (MMI), I am also a course advisor there, advising students through the 200-hour certification course, developing course curriculum and assisting with special projects that support student development. In addition to my work at MMI, I am certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) and Warriors at Ease Meditation Program (for Veterans). 
 
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
Meditation, Mindfulness, Reiki, Yoga Nidra and other meditative techniques customized upon your needs.  I also offer a private 8-week class series that teaches you how to meditate, find peace and cultivate love and kindness.
 
 

Christy C.

My career, relationships, motivation, and sense of purpose had all come to a standstill. 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.

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

Mark R.

Ever since I was young, I had a desire to gain wisdom about life and to help others access the greatness that is within. Meditation is a powerful tool to help us to access that sacred place within where we find our true selves and overcome the limitations of our minds. Learn more
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Mark R.


What brought you to meditation?
In the early days of my professional life, I was searching for tools and techniques that could help me to tap into my innate ability to create amazing results in my professional and day-to-day life, as well as get a better understanding of the mysteries of life. I was introduced to meditative techniques that could help me overcome the limitations of my mind and tap into my true power. Since then, meditation has been part of my daily life to help me to access my inner genius and more masterfully handle the twists and turns of the human experience.

Why do you guide meditation?
Each and every one of us has an amazing power and ability to compose the life of our dreams and everything we need to heal, transform, and tap into our greatness is within. Meditation is a powerful tool to help us to access that sacred place within where we find our true selves and overcome the limitations of our minds. 

Can you share more about your experience and journey to here?
Ever since I was young, I had a desire to gain wisdom about life and to help others access the greatness that is within. I studied the world's religions, philosophies, and wisdom traditions to discover mindsets, techniques, and tools to help reveal the masterpiece within. A former top-consultant to NASA discovered healing frequencies in my music which opened the door to discovering my innate ability to do energy healing. From this discovery, I learned about quantum physics, consciousness, energy, and how the key to living an extraordinary life is to become the master of our own personal energy.

What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
In a one-on-one setting, I use music, meditative techniques, and energy healing to literally open a door to yourself and guide you to reach within to let go of the limiting beliefs and stories that are the root cause behind the challenges in your life. In addition, we explore how you can plant the seeds for the qualities you wish to embody and outcomes you wish to manifest. 

Megan G.

I was brought to meditation through the deep inner journey of seeking to connect to myself. One day, in savasana, it hit me. I knew I found what I'd been searching for and from that moment, I continued to explore various forms of meditation. Learn more
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Megan G.


What brought you to meditation? 
I was brought to meditation through the deep inner journey of seeking to connect to myself. I was in a space of openness to a more fulfilling and sustainable state of Being. One day, in savasana, it hit me. This connectedness to my heart that I've never experienced prior to that moment. In in instant, I knew this was what I'd been searching for and from that moment, I continued to explore various forms of meditation. 
 
Why do you guide meditation? 
I have the passion to guide meditation to reawaken others to their power and the doors of freedom that reside within that space. 
 
Can you share more about your experience and journey here? 
I am an LVN (licensed vocational nurse) who has a passion for treating the Whole person: mind, body and spirit, and currently work among Chinese Medicine Doctors, Naturopaths and Acupuncturists. I am a certified yoga therapy teacher. I am also part of a collective, Community Healing, that creates and hosts consciousness expanding events throughout Southern California. 
 
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
In one-on-one sessions, I offer an array of healing modalities from sound therapy, to Reiki, to crystal healing, to pranayama, and yoga therapy. 

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) 

Rebecca N.

I believe that true wellness goes beyond the physical body, and because of that I want to end the mental health stigma by being completely open and willing to share my story and my practice. Learn more
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Rebecca N.


 

What brought you to meditation?
Since my youth I experienced a number of health problems, including depression, anxiety, and gastrointestinal issues. I sought help from doctors and tried various medications that didn't help at all. In 2012 I reached a low point where I was desperate for a solution. Somehow I stumbled across the word "Reiki" and decided to book a session with a local practitioner. During the session I suddenly became aware of how much was going on in my mind, and when she placed her hand on my stomach, I felt a comforting warmth and a sense of relief wash over me. She was able to sense my energies and gave me an accurate reading of my health symptoms and environment without me ever saying anything. After years of internally suffering, the peace I felt after just one session was indescribable. That day, I became a believer in energy healing and started taking meditation and Reiki courses to start my own practice.
 
Why do you guide meditation?
I believe that true wellness goes beyond the physical body, and because of that I want to end the mental health stigma by being completely open and willing to share my story and my practice. I know what it was like to live without hope, and there are those who are silently suffering from the same types of symptoms that have plagued me for years. Learning how to breathe and connect with myself at a deeper level has brought light back into my world, and so I feel a strong calling to share the beauty of meditation with those who need it most.
 
Can you share more about your experience and journey here?
In the first year, I began my journey as a substitute guide, taking on a few classes here and there and also leading a Reiki and Sound Healing workshop. Then after leaving my retail job in April 2019, I started teaching more classes, from Reiki to Loving Kindness, Mindfulness to Visualization. After about two months I realized how much I've grown to love the space and felt inspired to expand my practice. I led another workshop called Meet Your Personal Spirit Guide and then I began connecting with students before each session, listening to their stories and intentions to help guide the meditations, making each experience powerful and unique in its own way. Becoming a guide at MDitate was like a dream come true, and I am excited to see how we can all grow together as a community.
 
What do you offer in a one-on-one setting?
In a one-on-one setting, sessions are personalized to the client and will begin with a consultation to 1. assess the individual's energy levels and 2. have an understanding of what their goals are, and 3. to identify any concerns/blockages they may have. Any personal information shared will be kept safe and confidential, and only be used to help guide specific intentions, visualizations, and practices within the meditation. Depending on each client's needs, sessions may also include Reiki application and sound healing.

 

 

 

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.
For what you do to others, you do to yourself. — Eckhart Tolle