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, PhD, founder of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and subsequently the works by psychoanalyst and Buddhist Mark Epstein, MD, I knew that mindfulness meditation and other Buddhist inspired practices had within them the potential to both support and facilitate for me a much needed expedition of self-discovery and healing. These teachings not only spoke to my personal drive to be present and open to life, but in practicing them also 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 that 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 I met incredible people from all different cultural 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 directly from many influential teachers of contemplative practices throughout the US, including Joseph Goldstein, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Henry Shukman and Mark Epstein, among others. In 2018, and again in 2022, I completed the 8-week 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 meditation teacher, my intention is to share genuine and effective mindfulness-based practices with those who seek them, in the spirit of optimizing health, happiness and well-being. My teaching is focused on creating containers of non-judgmental awareness and self-acceptance that allow the practitioner to welcome the fullness of their experience. I’ve found in my practice that by learning to mindfully hold our experience, we can tap into natural resources which release tension, shed protective layers and reduce reactive habits, in effect aiding us in fostering a deeper and more meaningful re-connection with our authentic selves — and helping us to better realize our innate, human potential.