Hannah has been meditating since 2012, when she dove in head-first with a 10-day Vipassana retreat. Coming out of that experience, she knew she needed a community to practice with: there was just nothing like meditating with other people. She joined the Zen-inspired Infinite Smile Sangha, where you can still find her on many Monday nights. Through mindfulness, she’s developed a deep resilience, focus, and capacity to love that she draws on every day, both as the mom of two toddlers and as a start-up founder. Her passion for sharing the power of mindfulness has led her to launch (and lead) group meditations wherever she’s worked, and fueled her involvement in InnerSpace, which she co-founded in 2014. As a wellness coach, she integrates mindfulness with positive psychology and nutrition to help her clients meet their health goals and develop the inner resilience they need to embrace life's challenges. She’s delighted to be leading meditation sessions at WITHIN, and partnering with Megan to bring mindfulness to the masses.
Megan found her way to the magic of meditation through her love of yoga. Yoga saved her life, but meditation truly changed it. As she transitioned out of her fast-paced tech job, moved from West Coast to East Coast and back again, she began turning to a silent meditation practice. Her anxiety was too much to handle, and she was finding herself unfulfilled in most areas of her life. Suddenly she was asking herself, "How did I get here?" Self care, personal development and overall well-being became her top priority. She learned to foster a meditation practice that brings her deep gratitude, joy and ownership over her life. Now, she's passionate about bringing a greater sense of well-being and belonging to the communities she's a part of. She's the first person to greet you at WITHIN and the last to leave. Come say hello!
Nkechi has spent the majority of her life investigating the relationship between the brain and the body and has always felt the significance of their integration. For several years, Nkechi worked as a neuroscientist as well as a professional modern dancer and choreographer. Through this work, she discovered that mindfulness and creativity are crucial for sustaining individual and global well-being. She’s the founder and creative director of creative agency, NDN Lifestyle Studio, as well as the co-founder of Sitting Matters. Come sit with her!
Nathan is a long time community builder in tech, a nonviolent practitioner, infrequent yoga instructor and meditation teacher. He started meditation as the "lab session" to accompany a class on nonviolence back in 2005. He believes meditation is equal parts about developing awareness and learning to cultivate joy. He's an outdoor enthusiast, rock climber, long distance biker and you can often find him gardening or walking amongst our glorious California Redwood trees. He also likes inventing words to make people laugh, and while not yet a parent, often gets mistaken for one due to his imperfect sense of humor.
A seeker of Truth and a meditator for 15 years, Devon has spent the past few years (2013-2017) in constant study and practice of Advaita (non-duality) philosophy and meditation. Sitting at the feet of a Realized Master in the Himalayas of northern India, she had the rare opportunity and time to ask questions, challenge every single belief she had, and investigate thoroughly not only the nature of consciousness but also the key to living free of suffering. Simply put, whatever level you're at, she can help you go deeper into self-inquiry and solidify your meditation practice.
Chris Smith is the co-founder of JunoVR, a company using the power of virtual reality to help people with anxiety and pain. He's built guided meditation experiences for virtual reality and spent 500+ hours in meditation in the past year. He's passionate about how we can use human connection and technology to guide people to a deeper sense of connectedness and well-being. Check out his class!
Landra began her meditation journey through the practice of yoga. Admittedly the discipline of sitting still, going inward and being present with her breath was a foreign concept. However, something magical would happen in the process leaving her with an increased level of calm and ease, that she didn’t arrive with. Craving a deeper level of meditation and mindfulness practices led Landra to complete a 200-hour mindfulness & meditation training with Jill Satterfield. Over time, the practice has created balance and connection with the innate intelligence of her physical body. Landra is passionate about integrating mindfulness & meditation practices into workplace people development. Landra is the founder of Integrate and Flow, offering a variety of personal growth coaching and mindfulness experiences. In addition, Landra has 15+ years of HR and leadership coaching experience and is the founder of Mindful HR.
Briana is an Integrative Nutritionist, Health Coach, Meditation Teacher, and Founder of Urban Wellness SF, LLC. She has a passion for helping high-achieving, busy professionals implement positive nutrition and behavior modifications so that they can achieve their goals, thrive in their current career demands, and design a life they envision. In her coaching she uses mindfulness and meditation as powerful tools to help clients cultivate awareness, fulfillment, and joy and to combat stress, anxiety, and burnout. Briana has been meditating since 2012 and has deep appreciation for the sense of gratitude and overall wellbeing it has fostered in her life.