"In our consciousness there are many negative seeds and also many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds everyday." Thich Nhat Hanh
My offerings are intended to guide others in exploring the philosophy, science, and practice of living a meaningful life. The work I do with groups and individuals encompasses a wide variety of contemplative practices, spiritual philosophy, and evidence-based practices in psychological wellbeing. I hope to support others in exploring the art of living each moment with passion and presence by cultivating an awakened heart and mind. I emphasize empowering individuals to deeply connect with the practices that work for them and to creatively bring these tools into their daily lives. Please reach out for more information!
Mindfulness is an invitation to bring an open-hearted attention and curiosity to present-moment experience without judgment, pulling away, or grasping. I teach skills that can help anyone to live a happier, more peaceful, and more meaningful life. There a strong and continually growing evidence base for Mindfulness. Mindfulness Meditation and practices are scientifically proven to transform the brain, improve mental wellbeing, increase positive emotions, decrease emotional struggles, and improve physical health (immune, digestive, and reproductive function). Mindfulness skills help us to relate to our struggles and our joys differently with fresh eyes, confidence, and inner peace.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation: guided instruction and practice in traditional Vipassana insight meditation, including mindfulness of breath and body scans.
Guided Imagery / Visualization Meditations: these visualizations are inspired by the rich practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Some examples include: visualizations to initiate a conversation with oneself, awe-inducing visualization, goals-based visualization to meet one's higher self, awareness of death guided meditation to imagine living out the last year of one's life and how this perspective can better inform daily choices.
Applied Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play (UPenn MAPP).
Evidence has shown that happiness is 50% genetic, 10% circumstantial, and 40% based on intentional activities. Based on this data, Positive Psychology introduces evidence-based practices and tools to optimize that 40% to help develop tools to bring mindful living and positivity into daily life to: build present awareness, mange stress, improve focus + creativity, build emotional resilience, and cultivate positive relationships with ourselves and others.
I teach proven practices and exercises to develop: mindfulness, emotional resilience, gratitude, self-compassion, connection, empathy, and ultimatley happiness and enhanced psychological wellbeing, including discussion on the scientific basis behind each exercise.
Mindful Movement & Yoga
The practice I teach is a fusion of Restorative Yoga and breath-focused meditative movement. My work integrates ancient yoga philosophy and Ayurveda (Indian health science) with contemporary, science-based practices from cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology, and Psychoneuroimmunology.
Yoga is recognized as an effective evidence-based treatment for many types of physical and mental conditions, and provides numerous benefits. Yoga practice builds our strength and flexibility, in our bodies and in our minds. Consistent practice will enhance strength and flexibility, increase circulation, improve digestion and immune function, and regulate the central nervous system. It can also increase self-awareness. Restorative poses and somatic practices allow time to reflect on emotions, habitual thought patterns, negative self-talk, and subconscious blocks and fears.
Breathing & Relaxation Techniques
I teach the science, evidence base, and practice of various types of breathing techniques to regulate the central nervous system. Breathwork is a scientifically proven method to help manage the physiological experience of anxiety and improve symptoms. Breathing techniques can also improve energy levels and symptoms of stress. They can also improve neck pain, back issues, and digestive function. Examples include: Diaphragmatic Breathing, Yogic Three-Part Breath, Ujjayi Pranayama.
I also introduce teachings and parables from spiritual philosophy, mostly coming from Yogic Philosophy (Hinduism-based) or from Buddhism (“Vipassana” Insight Meditation). For example, the parable of "the second arrow", or what psychologists refer to as meta-emotions. I also do a lot of work with the Yamas & Niyamas (ethical teachings of Yoga).
I provide guidance and counseling to individuals to help set career goals, understand individual skills and passions on a deeper level, and navigate the job search process in an enjoyable and authentic way. I have served as a Career Advisor for both students and alumni at my alma mater, Duke University, for the past three years.
I have helped equip students with the tools to land a fulfilling job by teaching core job search skills such as resume preparation, Linkedin research for networking, and utilizing a variety of job search websites. I work with students to help them leverage their existing networks and build new relationships in order to gain access to job opportunities by focusing on the concept of Curiosity Conversations with the goal of making the networking and job search process more authentic and enjoyable.
I am humbled and thrilled to have successfully helped many students on their paths to impactful careers! I have helped students with:
Resumes & CV Critiques
Cover Letter Writing
Utilizing Alumni Networks
Making the most of your time in school
Choosing a major
Applying to graduate school