Emily Herzlin began practicing mindfulness meditation in 2003 to help her cope with chronic illness. She has been a student at the Interdependence Project since 2005, teaching mindfulness since 2011, and graduated from IDP's Meditation and Mindfulness Training Program in 2012 where she is now a supervising teacher in the program.
Emily is a Certified MBSR teacher. She trained to teach MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She attended the MBSR Teacher Development Intensive in November 2013, the Nine-Day Practicum in MBSR in July 2013, and the MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine professional training in 2015. Currently, Emily is participating in the 16-month Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
She has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 2011, at Columbia University, The Interdependence Project, Exubrancy, Adelphi University, Astoria First Presbyterian Church, Mission to (dit)Mars, GreenspaceNYC, the Astoria Bookshop and more. A resident of Astoria, Queens, Emily leads regular mindfulness meditation classes at the weekly meditation group she founded in 2014, Mindful Astoria.
Emily works as a Mind-Body Therapist at Weill Cornell Medicine's Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program. She worked as a Mind-Body Therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering from 2016-2018.
Mona Chopra was introduced to meditation and yoga when she was seven years old, and has been teaching mindfulness meditation for many years. She has been a student of TKV. Desikachar, Pema Chodron, and many teachers in the Insight tradition at Insight Meditation Society and New York Insight Meditation Center. She became a student at the Interdependence Project in 2011 and graduated from IDP's Meditation and Mindfulness Training Program in 2012 where she is now a supervising teacher in the program.
Mona is a state licensed acupuncturist, who integrates mindfulness with her work. She’s treated patients at Montefiore Medical Center’s Pain Clinic in the Infectious Diseases Unit, the Beth Israel Medical Center’s surgical floor, the Swedish Institute’s Su Wen Clinic, and at her private practice in NYC. Mona spent several months immersed in the study of yoga and meditation and their therapeutic applications at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India, and completed a year-long internship at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing in the Department of Integrative Medicine.
Kimberly Brown has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2005, and began her formal dharma training and study with Lama Norhla Rinpoche and Venerable Robina Courtin. Since 2012 she’s been a student of Sharon Salzberg and a regular retreatant at Insight Meditation Society. She graduated from IDP's Meditation and Mindfulness Training Program in 2011 where she is now a supervising teacher in the program.
Kim is a meditation teacher whose work emphasizes lovingkindness and compassion practices. Her unique teaching methods integrate depth psychology, mindfulness, and traditional complementary techniques as a means to help everyone develop their inherent wisdom and openness.
Kim has been teaching meditation to groups and individuals since 2011 at The Interdependence Project, the Rubin Museum, Shantideva Meditation Center, Mindful Astoria and more. She leads the weekly NYC Metta Meditation group every Monday night in midtown, and co- teaches a Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditation Teacher Training program with Renee Bochman.
Renee Bochman has been practicing meditation since 1998. She began her study with Pema Chodron, and her teachers have included Thich Nhat Hanh, Lama Tsultrim Allione and the Shambhala organization. She later became interested in mindfulness and secular meditation through Sharon Salzberg and Kristin Neff, which led her to The Interdependence Project. She graduated from IDP's Meditation and Mindfulness Training Program in 2012 where she is now a supervising teacher in the program.
Renee is a Certified Cultivating Compassion Training teacher. She trained to teach CCT at Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism. She also uses mindfulness and compassion practices to support understanding and transformation of racism and oppression. Renee has led the Transforming White Privilege curriculum, the Understanding Whiteness community group, and the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Currently, Renee is participating in the two-year Dharmacharya program with Venerable Pannavati.
Renee has been teaching mindfulness and meditation since 2012. She’s the founder and a teacher at Compassion Camp, a meditation group in Boston where she lives. She participated in the Buddhist Geeks’ conferences in Boulder, attended the 2014 Mind and Life conference with HH the Dalai Lama, and is a former board member of IDP. She has a successful career as a Customer Success Executive in technology startups.