A Little More About Me
My meditation practice began and took shape during college, when I was dealing with many considerable stressors. Much of my experience as an undergrad was impacted by panic episodes, social anxiety and depression which affected my coursework, ability to form meaningful friendships and hold down a job. After stumbling across a few guided meditation recordings by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and subsequently works by psychoanalyst and Buddhist Mark Epstein, I knew that mindfulness meditation practices had within them the potential to both support and facilitate for me a much needed expedition of self-discovery and healing. The teachings not only spoke to my desire to be present and open to life, but also in practicing them provided me with a natural ability to heal my mental distress and even get at the root causes of my suffering.
From this initial introduction, I began to research prominent articles, literature and other media on mindfulness that I could learn and grow from. It was also during this time I began practicing yoga, helping me to better inhabit and reconnect with my body. Over time, I saw as these two practices intertwined and complemented each other and observed as my overall health improved as a result. This period of exploration culminated the day after my college graduation in 2016, when I was fortunate enough to attend my first meditation retreat at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, led by Kabat-Zinn. During this retreat (and many others that would follow) I met incredible people from all different backgrounds, career paths and spiritual disciplines which encouraged and affirmed for me the importance of a dedicated meditation practice.
Since then, I've been fortunate to have met and learned from many influential teachers of contemplative practices, including Joseph Goldstein, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Henry Shukman and Mark Epstein, among others. In 2018, I completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered through the New York Insight Meditation Center. In 2020, I completed a 200-hour International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) accredited program through the Interdependence Project in New York to become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P).
As a mindfulness teacher, my intention is to share genuine and effective mindfulness-based practices in the spirit of optimizing health, happiness and well-being. My teaching is focused on creating containers of non-judgemental awareness and self-acceptance that allow the practitioner to welcome the fullness of their experience. It’s my belief that in learning to allow one’s experience as it is, and letting go of the need for it to be different, we can tap into natural resources which release tension, protective layers and detrimental habits, and create deep and meaningful re-connection with self, helping us to better realize our innate, human potential.