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. What I discovered in 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. To that end, 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 before shifting into my current role as an educator in the field of sexual and reproductive health. I have led groups in yoga and meditation, offering workshops and daylong meditation retreats in a wide variety of settings. I am 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 (also recognized at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center), offering the traditional 8-week MBSR course throughout the year.
I share what I know from lived experience. 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/