Anna Johns, E-RYT, CMMT, CMT-P
Anna grew up in India, where yoga and mindfulness practices were an integral part of life. From a young age, she watched her father meditate in the woods and was encouraged to join him.
These seeds began to sprout when she moved to Hong Kong where she was drawn to the practices and began her training with Indian Master, Kamal Srinivas in 2001, followed by extensive training in the U.S. including Duke University’s Therapeutic Yoga and the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Certification Program (with Dr. Tara Brach, Dr. Jack Kornfield and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center).
Anna's teaching is also influenced through her studies with luminaries such as Jonathan Foust, Rick Hanson, Lama Surya Das and ongoing learning from the teachings of HH The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gil Fronsdal, Pema Chödrön, Frank Ostaseski and Ajahn Brahm. She is currently enrolled in the graduate-level Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program through Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.
Anna is a teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, (IMCW - founded by Tara Brach), and serves on the Board of Directors. She is a co-founder of IMCW's Asian Sangha and is a mentor with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education teen retreats. She is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P) with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.
Anna’s life has transformed through her practices and she brings her gifts forth through her family, her classes and with clients. She lives with her husband, two human and two non-human children.
Devi Kumar, MS, CMMT, CMT-P
Devi is a certified mindfulness teacher, and has been teaching mindfulness workshops for a variety of audiences within her corporation, local community, libraries and online communities. She was trained by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach as part of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program offered by Sounds True and UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, CA.
Devi became a Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P) with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) in August 2020.
Devi is trained to teach Search Inside Yourself (SIY), a popular Google inspired mindfulness based Leadership training offered by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Based on Neuroscience and emotional intelligence, SIY educates employees develop mindfulness practice and the leadership skills needed to intensify focus, manage stress, harness creativity, improve resilience and interpersonal relationship skills.
Devi is a co-founder of Hopewell based corporate mindfulness program at her workplace where employees have an opportunity to take a pause and come to their Mindfulness "Home" to meditate together as a community. Devi leads and teaches meditation practice sessions and six weeks education series on Mindfulness at her workplace.
Devi has a Master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania and employed full time with Bank of America as an IT director. She currently resides in New Jersey with her family.
Gagan Vasudeva, MSW, RSW, CMMT
Gagan Vasudeva is a meditation teacher and has been teaching mindfulness to adults and children for over a decade. She is trained by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach for Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. She is also a Mindfulness based Self-Compassion teacher - a program run by Kristen Neff and Chris Germer.
Mindfulness practice is known to help calm down nervous system and fight/ flight/ freeze response, and help us make wise choices using your emotional, mind and body wisdom. When you are connected to your inner wisdom and intelligence, your life becomes healthy and grounded, relationships are more intimate and loving, and quality of life becomes richer.
Truly witnessing your experience with you, practicing with you and supporting others is my life’s work, and I do so with my heart and soul.
Shazia Zaman, MLIS, MA, CMMT, CMT-P
Shazia completed a two year teacher training certification program in Mindfulness Meditation under two eminent Masters from the Buddhist tradition, Jack Kornfield, Ph.D and Tara Brach, Ph.D. The certification is supported by the Awareness Training Institute and the University of California at Berkeley Greater Good Science Center.
Shazia became a Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P) with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) in August 2020.
Shazia started her meditation journey in 2013 learning guided meditation through the The Monroe Institute (TMI). It was through TMI that she learned to explore human consciousness first hand by experiencing expanded states of awareness.
Shazia has also completed a Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive course with Kristin Neff, Ph.D and a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness course with David Treleaven, Ph.D. She is a Master Level-I Crystal Bowl Practitioner and a certified Reiki Master.
Shazia’s desire to teach others to practice peace, enhance awareness and mindful presence helped develop meditation classes to empower practitioners at any level.