I am a working mother of two young daughters and an immigrant to the United States based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My mindfulness teaching stems from an aspiration to create a kinder, wiser, and more inclusive, sustainable world for all who live in it.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, I grew up immersed in diverse religious and secular traditions, and this inspired my inquiry into meditation. When I arrived at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) in 2009, it was love at first breath. I have over 15 years of combined meditation and yoga training, including extensive silent retreat experience in the Early Buddhist tradition at the Insight Meditation Society, a 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks, and training through Mindful Schools. I hold a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Telecommunications at Arizona State University (ASU).
I teach mindfulness at Harvard University, Decibel Therapeutics, and other organizations in the Boston area, and I am an instructor for Harvard Pilgrim’s Mind the Moment program and eMindful. I also teach at CIMC, where I served on the board of directors from 2012-2019. I integrate a business career of over 20 years in strategic communications in the higher education, non-profit, and publishing sectors at Harvard Business School, Oxfam America, and the Times of India into my corporate offerings.
In addition to my corporate and university teaching, I am committed to sharing mindfulness with underserved and underrepresented populations, such as immigrants, people of color, non-native English speakers, and economically disadvantaged people. As a young woman in India, I saw firsthand the ravages of poverty and many injustices and inequities. My prior work teaching at a school for slum children in Mumbai, mentoring Navajo and Hopi students at ASU, and working on media relations for flood relief efforts in Haiti and a microfinance program in Mali, West Africa for Oxfam America honed my aspiration to ease the pain of others. I bring this sensibility to my mindfulness teaching in several organizations, such as the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Center for Homicide Bereavement, the Cambridge Community Learning Center, and other local non-profits.
I am deeply grateful to all my teachers, seen and unseen. Deep bows to my two young daughters, Shirin Darasha, Narayan Liebenson, Toni Elka, Tuli Patel, Sandy Nayak, Natasha Rizopoulus, Constance Devanthery Lewis, Christina Feldman, Larry Rosenberg, Betty Burkes, Eunice DeSouza, Wyn Bowler, Michele Millon, and Bonnie Mioduchoski.
Lastly, thanks from my heart to Dan Cross for being a supportive and loving partner. I couldn’t do this without you.