Sitara Hewitt

Background:

Sitara has been teaching meditation in classes, workshops and one on one coaching sessions for 15 years. A certified energy healer & former professional dancer; she led the Mindfulness Program at the Toronto Film School for 4 years. She loves empowering others in their practice & supporting their unique journey.

Why I practice meditation:

Because when life can be tough, the inside of my own head doesn’t need to be! My life changed dramatically when i started to meditate..I let go of anxiety and anger and tapped into a peace & joy that continues to expand.

Why I teach meditation:

Seeing others peaceful and happy at the end of a session is one of my favorite experiences. Sometimes feeling good is just 15 minutes of meditating away and I feel grateful that I can facilitate that.

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Shanila Sattar

Background:

Shanila is a wellness activator, women’s researcher, speaker, and the founder of AlwaysPlay based in Los Angeles. She uses ancient modalities with a modern twist to balance and connect the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. She came into the world of meditation from her own need after experiencing health and mood imbalances, and from not having proper wellness practices in place. Now, she loves to share these tools for others’ journeys as well.

Shanila grew up in Bangladesh and on the East Coast, working with groups with anxiety, stress, depression, mood imbalances, and sleep troubles. She loves to mix the science and the woo in her practice and hopes that she’s able to reach people who may feel that wellness is inaccessible to them.

Shanila has implemented several programs in the Los Angeles area through the support of several grants from the State of California to bring the art of sound baths and breathwork as emotional and mental wellness tools, hosts workshops in underserved populations, and continues her work in women’s research through partnerships with Universities.

Shanila’s sound bath classes are described as dreamy and otherworldly; her breathwork workshops have been described as a “must experience gift". 

Why I practice meditation:

I practice meditation because through it, I am able to access and maintain a calmer sense of being. I’m able to gain perspective of things that may have been sources of worry or anxiety, and transmute that energy into feeling calm, relaxed, blissful, and joy!

Why I teach meditation:

I teach meditation because I believe that having small practical mindfulness tools in our wellness bag is a better world for everyone. I love to create safe and inviting spaces so that the pretenses of who can and should meditate are removed. Helping people simply relax in the midst of a very busy world is beautiful.

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Lane Carlson

Background:

I’m originally from Minnesota and have spent a decade in transformational exploration. I hold a master is Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and am a seeker of non invasive practices and modality that are helping make people’s lives better.

Why I practice meditation:

I practice meditation and breathwork to stay calm and approach each day in peace and harmony.

Why I teach meditation:

To open people to a beautiful instrument of healing. Their own breath! We all have the ability to heal ourself and I’ve found profound benefits from breathwork and meditation and I’m happy to share these benefits with others.

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Travis Eliot

Background:

After surviving a near death experience in Kauai and another during the Thailand Tsunami of 2004, Travis Eliot dedicated his life to spreading the teachings of yoga and meditation to as many people as possible.

Travis has become a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher and author. He teaches his signature Holistic Yoga Flow classes in Los Angeles and in workshops, festivals and retreats around the world. His style is intensely dynamic and has inspired many of today's top athletes, celebrities, and entertainers.

Most recently Travis has become passionate about spreading yoga and meditation inside maximum security prisons. This work has proven to bring light to the darkest of places.

He is the creator of the groundbreaking programs The Ultimate Yogi, Yoga 30 for 30, along with many other best-selling yoga DVDs. He is the author of “Journey Into Yin Yoga,” co-author of “Holistic Yoga Flow: The Path of Practice.” His highly acclaimed chant album, The Meaning of Soul, debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes world music chart. He is the CEO of Inner Dimension Media, director of Holistic Yoga Flow teacher trainings and a member of the faculty of the prestigious Kripalu Institute and 1440 Multiversity. A Yoga Alliance-certified E-RYT 500 instructor, Travis has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Magazine, LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health, Mantra magazine, Om Yoga magazine, Conscious Lifestyle, Asana Journal, Self, Fitness Trainer, Access Hollywood, and The Huffington Post.

Why I practice meditation:

I practice meditation to make friends with the crazy person inside of my head! It also helps me feel spacious and open. From this place wisdom and compassion grows.

Why I teach meditation:

I want people to be joyful, healthy and empowered. I teach to help people master their mind and therefore their life.

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Heather Reeves

City & Country:

Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada

Background:

Heather Reeves has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 20 years and a Fitness and Yoga Instructor for over 15 years. Works hard to facilitate people to better health and well being.

Why I practice meditation:

I practice meditation to bring clarity and reduce stress. I practice so that I can start each day with intention. I practice to stop the constant chatter so common in many minds.

Why I teach meditation:

I teach meditation to help people to find the calm and still within and guide them to the answers inside of themselves.

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Ryan Nell

City & Country:

London, United Kingdom

Background:

After studying Mandarin at university, I spent 12+ years in a high-pressure career the advertising industry. Much of that time was spent battling chronic anxiety, though always beneath the radar. Along with traveling the world and training as a documentary photographer, meditation was one of the healthier ways that I managed my stress levels during that period of my life.

Why I practice meditation:

Meditation keeps me balanced and calm amidst the chaos that is London life!

Why I teach meditation:

I have found meditation so transformative on a personal level that I feel compelled to share it with a larger number of people. Mental health in the UK (and wider world) is at an all time low, and there has never been a better time to battle the stigma, open up the conversation, and give people the tools they need to proactively manage their well being.

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Henrietta Hammarlund

City & Country:

Based in Stockholm, Sweden but I teach in all of Sweden and also Norway.

Background:

Henrietta is a Stockholm-based meditation teacher and life coach specialized in stress management. Her background started as a busy entrepreneur with a full calendar. Running between meetings, family and work so fast that she ran straight into the famous wall of stress. She got so ill in stress related burnout syndrome that she lost her memory and her body shut down completely. She was introduced to Jon Kabat Zinn's MBSR Mindfulness program and that changed her life. She started to learn everything she could about the body and mind.

She now has more than 10 years of meditation and stress management experience. She is a certified life coach and DiSC trainer and started with Jon Kabat Zinn's MBSR Level 1 and after several teachers went on to complete her 200 hour Unplug Meditation Teacher Training with world renowned teacher davidji.

Henrietta healed herself from stress and learned what a strong breathing tool meditation is and are now on a mission to help and support others on their path towards wellness.

Why I Practice Meditation:

I can go on forever on why I meditate, but it has changed my life for real. It makes me feel more present in the moment, happier and calmer. I don´t react instantly on my emotions anymore, with the meditation I push my inner pause button and that makes me more and more immune against stress.

Why I Teach Meditation:

I have three reasons why I teach meditation. The first one is simple. It makes me feel so good knowing that I have helped another person. The second one is that I need to teach because if this strong breathing tool that meditation is has helped me recover from stress related burnout syndrome in such a way that it did, then it must help others as well. So it is my mission to teach everyone who wants to listen. The third reason is that I believe in it. It is that I do want to change the world a little. One breath at the time.

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Jewelia Orlick

City & Country:

Ottawa, Toronto & Montreal, Canada

Background:

Jewelia is an Ottawa based meditation teacher, former Canadian sprint kayaker and graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. After she stumbled upon meditation, she quickly fell in love with the practice and went on to complete her 200hr Unplug Meditation Teacher training with world renowned davidji. She also studied at PranaShanti, a local studio in Ottawa. She is an advocate for brain health, having dealt with and seen the effects of Alzheimer’s in her family from a young age.

Why I Practice Meditation:

I practice meditation to honour my brain (in its many stages) and to support myself on a daily basis. To put it simply, it just makes me feel SO good. I love how meditation is a tool that is designed to meet you where you’re at. Today, I meditate to create space. Allowing my breath to nourish what needs to be nourished and allowing my practice to heal what needs to be healed.

Why I Teach Meditation:

My greatest wish is that people feel held + supported along their meditation journey. If there’s anything meditation has taught me it’s that we meditate, not to be able to sit super still & feel serene when we’re alone, but for life. For the times where life asks that we remain calm amidst the chaos. For the times when things are going great AND the times when they aren’t… I love being able to share that with others and that is why I teach.

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