HANNAH KNAPP, COFOUNDER
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 in the studio and in offices throughout the bay area, while building an amazing team of teachers at WITHIN.
MEGAN PARKER, COFOUNDER
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.
Dr. Sará King is an avid lover of yoga and mindfulness meditation and has been a student of Therevada Buddhism in the insight tradition for over 13 years. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Education at U.C.L.A. with a concentration in Anthropology and Neuroscience. Her dissertation research was the first at UCLA’s department of education to examine a yoga and meditation intervention in the context of an urban classroom.
In her dissertation research, she discussed how students use interpersonal relationships and harness their internal resilience to find well-being though these practices. She continued her scientific training regarding the connection between contemplative practices and education with the Mind and Life Institute, the Dalia Lama’s research institution.
She most recently completed a year long training in Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation through Spirit Rock in Marin, CA and continues to developed mindfulness curricula for elementary schools, university classrooms, and organizations supporting work in social justice.