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Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
SCHEDULE for January month
Mondays – Somatic Practice Kristen Rae Stevens
Tuesdays | Mindful Self-Compassion – Nina Herzog
Wednesdays | Mindfulness – Marianne Gunther
Thursdays | Embodied Minfulness – Heather Shaw
Fridays | Loving-Kindness – Rachel Hammerman
Attendance at previous sessions is not required. 

Kristen Rae Stevens, AyP, E-Ryt 500 has been guiding clients and students towards more embodied experiences and greater health for 25 years. She holds diplomas in dance, Ayurveda, and Mindful Living and has been grateful to share her experiences at renowned institutions such as Colombia College Dance Department, Mount Sinai Medical Center, The Open Center NYC and Tibet House US. She has been studying yoga since 1994 and was introduced to Shadow Yoga in 2009 and is grateful for the guidance of her teachers. For more: |
Nina Herzog is a graduate of the Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and is a member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science’s meditation faculty, teaching lunchtime meditation on Tuesdays and a social-justice centered teaching on Mondays at Tibet House in NYC. She is a consultant and trainer on harm reduction, trauma-informed care, LGBTQI cultural competency and evidence-based practices for housing providers, foundations and universities. Under the Gestalt Center for Psychoanalysis and Training, she provides psychotherapy through its clinic. She has a BA in political science from Barnard College, a master’s in urban planning from NYU and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Nina’s teachers include Sharon Salzberg, Pilar Jennings, Tara Brach and Joe Loizzo. Her dharma mentor is Sebene Selassie.
Marianne Gunther, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a New York state licensed creative art psychotherapist, currently completing the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. A long time student of the Dudjom Tersar lineage, Marianne has quietly brought mindful awareness and bodhisattva practice to her clinical work in a variety of settings; inpatient detoxification and psychiatric units, bereavement group facilitator at A Caring Hand: The Billy Esposito Foundation; and bereavement specialist for MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care. Marianne received her B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston, her Masters in art therapy from Pratt Institute. Marianne welcomes you to refresh and renew your inner spaciousness with her during the lunch time series.
Heather Shaw has been teaching yoga and other embodied contemplative practices since 2001. A student of Tibetan Buddhist and Vipassana meditation, as well as contemplative psychology, Heather’s path began in the Shambhala lineage through her work at OM yoga center, where she met her longtime friend and meditation teacher, Buddhist author Ethan Nichtern. At home in Portland, OR, she sits regularly with the Presence Collective, a community dedicated to personal transformation, social justice and collective liberation and co-facilitates a social meditation group that focuses on the practice of mindful communication. In 2018, Heather completed a certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhism through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, with a capstone focus on creating mindfulness-based curriculum for grades K-8. In addition to teaching yoga, she works with people of all ages as a meditation instructor, contemplative coach and mentor.
Rachel Hammerman teaches insight meditation and is a career coach. A meditation faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, she teaches Loving Kindness practice on Friday afternoons at the Tibet House in NYC. She is certified to teach Mindfulness by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and by Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward’s Mindfulness Training Institute, where she completed her training. Rachel is grateful to offer the practices and teachings as she’s received them from the leading meditation teachers in the West, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Joe Loizzo, Bob Thurman and her dharma mentors, Oren Jay Sofer and Mark Coleman. Rachel graduated from the Nalanda Institute’s 2-Year Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and participated in Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training. As a coach, Rachel synthesizes insight meditation with 15 years of strategic communications experience to help people set career direction, grow their business and cultivate relationships with ease. She has a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and learned to meditate using the app, Ten Percent Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

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