Amanda Gilbert

BACKGROUND:

Amanda Gilbert is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who has been a practitioner of meditation for over a decade. Her formal training is in mindfulness meditation and mantra meditation, she is a qualified mindfulness-based eating awareness instructor, and is certified in meditation facilitation with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Before dedicating herself to teaching full-time, Amanda was Center Director for The Aging Metabolism and Emotions Center at UCSF, conducting clinical research investigating the biological and psychological affects of mindfulness and meditation. Currently, she teaches publicly, privately, and in corporations across Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her curriculum for mindfulness in the workplace is taught in 10 cities across the US.

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

Meditation changed my entire life when I began a consistent practice. It allowed me to live a life based in wellbeing, health, and inner happiness. This is why I meditate. It makes me feel better everyday and I get to share this feeling of fulfillment with anyone I meet.

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

I know no better way to feel better and live our most optimal lives. I teach meditation because I know from my own personal experience and through scientific research that it has the ability to help us navigate daily stress and challenges with wisdom and grace, meet each moment with more clarity, and grow our sense of wellbeing and inner peace. 

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Amy Sandler

BACKGROUND:

A funny thing happened to Amy Sandler after getting her MBA at Harvard: she went to film school and became a meditation expert. Amy has more than 20 years experience in the healing arts — including training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); Reiki and other energy modalities; yoga, Buddhist and Shamanic practices; and certification as a breathwork teacher. Amy is a trained group facilitator and works with peer-networking organizations including Vistage, YPO and Circles. One of the first 30 certified teachers of Search Inside Yourself, Google’s top leadership development program, and a coach for Radical Candor, Amy helps leaders and teams align their purpose and optimize performance through neuroscience-based mindfulness and resilience training. A professional speaker, Amy is featured on the Simple Habit app and has taught meditation and emotional intelligence to thousands of busy people all over the world.

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve found that practice doesn’t make perfect; practice is perfect. I’ve performed stand-up comedy; I’ve traveled around the world and I have walked on fire (five times). Meditation reminds me of who I am and why I am here. Meditation makes life feel easy, even when it’s not. Sometimes it’s even better than ice cream.

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

I have found that there is no better way to master something than to teach it. I teach to honor those I have learned from, and to share the many gifts I have received. I have studied with the world’s top experts in dozens of fields, but my greatest teachers will always be an 80 lb. Newfoundland/Labrador mix named Grizz and a cat named Bam Bam. They both passed away from cancer, but not until giving me two staph infections and countless scratches (the cat, of course), and the ultimate lessons in love and letting go. I teach because inner peace is a prerequisite for outer peace.

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David Wagner

BACKGROUND:

David Wagner is an author, meditation teacher, and transformational guide who has dedicated his life to the path of spiritual practice, human transformation, and selfless service. He is the founder and director of Living Meditation, and travels widely training yoga teachers in the philosophy and inner practices of yoga and working with people from all walks of life from all over the world. David's training roots are in the wisdom traditions of India, and is a master of inner yoga practices, but his modern, no-b.s. approach comes from his many years (almost 30) helping people transform their lives and his own personal process of transformation. With a teaching style that is both super deep and super approachable, he's a perfect combination of a traditional yogi and a modern, down-to-earth man. He'll make you love meditation. He lives in Ojai, is a proud father of two, and is currently authoring a book based on the teachings from the Bhagavad Gita. 

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

Sometimes to take a break, sometimes to get answers to important questions, sometimes to give myself some deep inner love. But always to bask in the sacred, healing energy of my heart.  

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

I love people and love to see them transform and awaken. Of all of the spiritual practices, I see Meditation as the keystone to deep transformation. 

CLASSES/PRIVATES TAUGHT AT UNPLUG:

  • Heart Focused

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Marlize Joubert

BACKGROUND:

Marlize Joubert has been studying the healing arts most of her life. Her roots are in yoga, meditation modalities, nutrition and the juicy mystery of life itself. Curiosity and honest self-exploration has always been a source of tremendous healing for Marlize and her calling to be of service to the world at large has been clear to her since a very young age.

Marlize currently lives in sunny California where she teaches yoga to a wide variety of people, privately and in studios. Marlize leads workshops, trainings, immersions and retreats. Marlize has taught over thousands of hours, and is a qualified E-RYT 500 teacher trainer, and leads yoga teacher trainings. Meditation circles and trainings are more gifts she offers to her students. Her study with energy, intuition, her own personal philosophy, and her inherit sensitivity, has given her the gift of teaching/holding space from a deeply connected, highly vibrational space. The work is highly transformational and empowering.

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

I started my breathwork practice out of desperation and in need of guidance and healing. My life was shifting in a big way, everything around me was falling away. I reached out to David Elliott's class that I heard about from a mutual friend. I've always been a seeker of truth in myself and life. My desire to see the 'bigger picture' has been my driving force. Then after my first breathwork experience with David, I knew that everything else I explored with, dipped my toe into, studied, has been more on the surface. This work goes IN! I knew I had found my tribe, the path towards liberation and truth, and my career. In a nutshell, it changed and continues to change my life and that of each person I share this alchemy with.  

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

It changed my life and I have only seen the same happening to each individual showing up and saying yes to this work. It breaks my heart open being a witness of the power and transformation of this work. Each time I show up to share the work, as they shift, so do I.

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Michelle Berc

BACKGROUND:

Michelle has been practicing Sound Healing for ten years. She has received a certification in the field from the Sound & Consciousness Institute in San Francisco and a certification in Vibrational Sound Therapy from the Vibrational Sound Association. Additional trainings include self-studies and multiple workshops from leaders in the sound healing field. Recently, she became a HeartMath practitioner and is currently training in Neuro-feedback and EFT. 

Michelle is also the founder and curator of the Create:Fixate Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists and musicians. Exploring and understanding human energy through art and music has been a passion of Michelle’s since her childhood.

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

Meditation offers me a time and space to stay balanced and become completely present with my mind, body, and spirit. In the stillness, I enter a peaceful place that allows me to listen to my body and most importantly tune into my heart. I like to combine multiple meditation practices and have found working with sound and breath to be the most powerful. 

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

With today’s technology driven lifestyle and western society’s influence of reaching outside of ourselves for gratification, many are disconnected from their inner vibrational source. Through sound meditation, my goal is to lead individuals back to their natural vibrational being, heal through balancing the energetic centers, create inner harmony, and most importantly create a space where one can find all the answers from within. 

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Diego Wallraff

BACKGROUND:

As a Colombian/German hybrid, Diego moves fluidly between the Performing Arts and the Healing Arts. 

When not on stage or on a TV/film-set he dedicates his time to helping fellow humans overcome all kinds of challenges...

His work (with private clients and in workshops) guides people into the field of personal growth and healthy relationships and supports healing from injuries and sexual trauma.

He applies his skills as a master bodyworker and sex & relationship coach - he holds certifications in various modalities: Sexological Bodywork, Shiatsu, yoga, breathwork, tantra and intimacy coaching.

A former musician Diego learned how to apply sound for healing from his teachers Gongmaster Don Conreaux and Suren Shresta from Nepal.

He uses Tibetan & Crystal Bowls, PAISTE Planetary gongs and other vibrational instruments to facilitate sound journeys to help clear the energetic system, create deep relaxation and a sense of well-being.

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

For me meditation is such an effective tool for creating a happy life - I would even go as far as saying ecstatic!

It helps me create space between me and what's happening around me - giving me an opportunity to be less reactive and more of a witness (to what's happening) and then choose my responses.

Also, it helps me clear "mind-clutter" and press the "reset button" of my human operating system - thereby activating the built-in self-healing potential of the body when things are off.

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

To pass on the profound teachings I have received in the field of personal growth & healing and to help fellow humans live a happy life to their fullest potential.

For me sound healing and breath is pure medicine!


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Chris Plourde

BACKGROUND:

Chris Plourde, an Elite Performance Coach, has worked with top athletes, Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, high level executives, busy moms and dads, and even military Special Ops personnel. While the needs of all of these types of people may vary, the core concept is the same: The way you approach one thing in life is the way you approach everything in life. Allowing our true instincts to shine by connecting deeply with ourselves is essential for happiness, serenity and success. Come join Chris as he explores this internal journey with you and discover how to overcome obstacles, manifest opportunity and access your fullest potential.

CLASSES/PRIVATES TAUGHT AT UNPLUG:

  • Meditation For Type A's

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

To be able to connect to a deeper, wiser, authentic part of myself.

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

To empower others to get in touch with their deeper selves and intuition so they can live their best lives.


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Aimee Bello

BACKGROUND:

My practice in the teaching and healing arts began in Chicago as an English teacher and then as a school and community counselor. After moving to Los Angeles in 2010, I expanded my experiences by becoming a yoga instructor, reiki teacher, healer and intuitive guide.

CLASSES/PRIVATES TAUGHT AT UNPLUG:

  • Crystal Healing
  • Past Life Regression Meditations
  • Breathwork
  • Mantra and Guided Meditations
  • Reiki

WHY I PRACTICE MEDITATION:

To maintain grace in the ungraceful moments of life.

WHY I TEACH MEDITATION:

To master something is to teach it. Also to share with others a way of living that has helped me come through life in ways beyond my expectations. We are limitless!

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