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Maria has been a licensed and certified occupational therapist for over 20 years and she's been integrating mindfulness-based practices into her therapy with children for the past five years. She has helped many children with anxiety, attention difficulties, and social-emotional struggles to build skills and become more self-aware, centered, and balanced through the practice of mindfulness and yoga. Maria brought her mindfulness lessons beyond the clinic, where she could reach children, teens, adults, and families in an effort to improve well-being, increase happiness, and share the value of equanimity with her community. Maria has provided professional development & self-care for school teachers/administrators, training retreats for parents and caregivers, and courses & workshops for youth and adults. Maria currently offers private and small group mindfulness & yoga sessions for all ages, teaches mindfulness in schools, and provides guided meditation classes. By cultivating and maintaining a personal mindfulness practice, Maria believes everyone can better navigate the inevitable ups and downs of life, with patience, commitment, and compassion.
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New Jersey
United States
Occupational Therapist, Certified Mindfulness Instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher.
I have been a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist for over 20 years. I have been a Certified Mindfulness Instructor for 5 years, and I have been a Registered Yoga Teacher for 3 years.
6 years
Mindfulness in Schools Programme (MiSP)

Mindful Schools Year Long Certified Mindfulness Instructor Training (1 year program with bookend, week-long, retreats and bi-annual retreats for maintaining certification). Mindful Schools is based in Oakland, CA. I attended a week-long training retreat called: The Way of Mindful Education at The Omega Institute.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for professionals (a 1-day training at The Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness in Philadelphia). Each year I attend continuing education courses based in yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional regulation in an effort to stay current and to broaden my knowledge/practice base.

Megan Cowan, Chris McKenna, Vinny Ferraro, Daniel Rechtschaffen, and Dianne Reibel.

The National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists (NBCOT 1004957) The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA 000000052287) The Yoga Alliance (YA 223055)

Well-Being, Stress, Anxiety


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