I began practicing meditation and yoga as a teenager. Initially drawn to Zen, I’ve been practicing Vipassana meditation for more than 25 years. In 2014 I found my way to an MBSR course looking for stress reduction. Mindfulness practices supported me through a period of severe physical pain and limited mobility due to a spine injury. Mindfulness served as a gateway to an entirely different way of being in and relating with the world. My yoga practice also deepened profoundly in response to my physical injury. In fact I have to move to preserve the mobility I regained. Consequently, I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training along with additional trauma-informed trainings for yoga, meditation and other mindfulness practices.
Professionally, I worked as a librarian, an editor, and a writer for many years. I subsequently shifted into education, facilitating workshops and trainings in the field of sexual and reproductive health for years before returning to library work.
I have led groups in yoga and meditation, offering workshops and daylong meditation retreats for the past six years. A qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with additional training at at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, I offer the traditional 8-week MBSR course throughout the year.
My lived experience and years of practice directly inform my offerings. I am committed to sharing practical tools and information that nourish people’s capacity to relate to their lives from a space of conscious intention.
More information about upcoming MBSR classes is available at https://mbsr.betsyfagin.com/