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, debilitating social anxiety and depression which affected my coursework, ability to form new friendships and maintain a job.
After stumbling across a few guided meditation recordings by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and subsequently works by 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 mind-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 to attend my first mindfulness 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 mindfulness practice.
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 practices with those who seek them.
Today, my drive for health, happiness and well-being, in addition to leading a life of openness and authenticity, continues to fuel my dedication to the practices of mindfulness meditation and yoga.