In 2004, Kalyana took a mindfulness course in college thinking it would be easy. Instead, she found a simple yet challenging practice that changed the trajectory of her life. Mindfulness helped her manage anxiety and cope with chronic pain. In 2018, Kalyana took an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class, which offered the support that she needed to develop a consistent sitting practice, busy mind and all, which has been transformative. She is humbled and honored to be able to offer the MBSR course to you.
Kalyana holds a BA in psychology from Skidmore College. She is a current master’s student at Bangor University (Wales, UK) in the psychology department’s Mindfulness-Based Approaches program. She is studying the theory and practice of teaching mindfulness in general, and MBSR in particular. Kalyana is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Her areas of interest include embodiment, interoception, trauma, and group practice.
Mindfulness practice has transformed Brian's relationship with every aspect of life. He says:
"Mindfulness has taught me to cultivate a kinder way of being in touch with my body, mind, and heart. My relationships have grown deeper and more supportive, and I'm very grateful to be able to share these teachings with you."
Brian is licensed as an attorney, but his passion is teaching mindfulness. He is qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Mindfulness Center in the School of Public Health at Brown University, where he is registered at Level 1 on the teacher training pathway. Brown, a global leader in MBSR research and training, has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where Jon Kabat-Zinn originated MBSR in 1979.
Brian and Kalyana met in a coffee shop. Now they live in coastal Maine with their cats and two children. They both prioritize daily mindfulness practice, which helps them to be present to themselves, each other, their children, and the inevitable twists and turns of life. They are grateful for the opportunity to share these powerful teachings and practices with others.
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