I’m a writer, researcher, speaker, mindfulness teacher and the founder of Mindful Movement.
My own passion for teaching mindfulness emerged from my first-hand experience of overcoming cancer, chronic illness, and insomnia after learning mindful movement in my early twenties. During and after my cancer treatment, I had difficulty sitting up, chewing, and blinking without pain. Through mindful movement, I learned to return to my breath. I learned to feel the power of my chest and stomach rising and falling with each inhale and exhale. I began to experience the wonder and awe of being alive because I could breathe. I learned to feel connectedness with the world through inhaling (receiving kindness) and exhaling (sending out kindness) as internal and external in relation to community and society.
Now, I dedicate time to nourishing people’s resilience by sharing the tools that transformed my own world from the inside out.
Besides being a published public health researcher and a tenured Full Professor at the Claremont Colleges, I am certified mindfulness facilitator who has spoken at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Trained at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior, I completed the year-long facilitator training at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center in 2018 under the direction of Diana Winston, Dr. Susan Smalley, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and Dr. Matthew Brensilver. In addition to supporting students in the UCLA “Mindfulness in Psychiatry” course, I am an authorized affiliated MAPs Teacher, facilitating the signature MAPs I program for UCLA MARC.
For more than twenty-five years, I’ve taught mindfulness in organizations and at conferences and retreats. The emerging field of mindfulness research is compelling in terms of mindfulness correlating to better sleeping, less stress, and neuroplasticity. And, during in person and online classes, I am amazed and inspired by the power mindfulness to ease our stress and anxiety and to awaken us to our strength and potential as a collective.
WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? Maybe you’re dealing with some of the challenges that come with living in this uncertain and ever changing world. Perhaps you are feeling stressed or anxious? Or maybe you aren’t sleeping well?
CALM AND CONNECTED: Whatever brings you here, there are many ways to “succeed” at mindfulness – to nourish feeling calm and connected when facing challenges. Through practicing mindfulness you’ll develop many new skills, like how to unwind stress, how to soothe yourself if your facing insomnia, and how to feel less isolated and linked to something larger.
HOW MAY I SUPPORT YOU? I’d love to support you in developing your practice in any way I can. I write a newsletter and teach a free mindful movement class online. You can learn about both here.
I also offer a six-week class (UCLA MAPS-I) that will introduce you to mindfulness as a practice that may help improve sleep. Practices in the class include mindful walking, listening, and movement.
If you’d like to try mindfulness right now for free, I recommend my mindful movement video.
I hope you find these resources nourishing. I am wishing you ease and connectedness. May our practice benefit all beings so that all may be free from harm.