If we can understand ourselves better, we can understand each other, too. Tea connects us in this way. It teaches us to just be.
The ultimate goal is to leverage this understanding toward the rising stress in our life, diffusing its enormous, detrimental grasp on our health. Tea can teach us this. It calms the busy, choppy mind. It grounds the body and connects us to our senses. Through tea, we learn how to listen to the body’s cues and better modulate our responses to stimuli – positive or negative – in a calm manner.
I teach tea meditation in workshops for studios, workshop series for small groups (such as corporate settings), and in private lessons for individuals. Classes are also available online for members of my Patreon.
Teaching mindfulness meditation and movement with tea in various forms is part of a larger program of study I have been developing for several years. The practice collects knowledge from the deep cultural history of tea as a root for meditation practice and pairs it with modern insight from established mind-body therapeutic modalities.
Examples of topics covered in workshops:
- Intro to Tea Meditation
- Energetics of Tea
- Tea Pranayama (yogic breathwork)
- Tea & Centered Movement
- Mindfulness Tea Tasting
- Present Patience: Gongfu Tea
- Yin practices for Summer
- Yang practices for Winter
- Tea Meditation + Yoga
All topics are presented in a psychologically-sensitive, trauma-informed, and accessible manner for all levels of experience.
About my study of tea meditation and psych-sensitive yoga…
My personal background is a multi-disciplinary combination, influencing my growing pursuit of sharing tea as a well being and mental health practice. I’ve been a formal student of several tea ceremony traditions, including chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony. My spiritual beliefs align with Buddhism, and I consider the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh to be my greatest influence and teacher.
While healing from a debilitating work injury a decade ago, I became very curious about somatic and movement studies, diving into a blend of yoga, Feldenkrais, and most powerfully, Alexander Technique. (photo right: with my beloved AT teacher, Elyse Shafarman. photo left: new life, after recovering from wearing arm braces for a year.) Immediately, I saw a connection to the mindfulness practices taught in movement therapy with the quietly embodied meditation of tea ceremony.
I began teaching tea meditation with mindful movement around 2010, and in 2017, began also incorporating my increasingly deeper interest and research into sensory-based therapies for addressing harm from chronic stress, trauma, anxiety and depression into my tea meditation workshops.
In 2018, my dream opportunity for study came in the form of a specialized, first of its kind 200-hour yoga teacher training, offered through Room to Breathe Yoga in Chicago – a studio integrated with a psychotherapy practice, recognized for its specialized yoga offerings for sensitive needs populations.
In July 2019, I graduated as a Certified Psychologically-Sensitive Yoga Teacher – a gentle, accessible form of yoga for everyone. The unique areas of my program study include:
- Trauma-informed yoga
- Neurobiology of yoga and meditation
- Restorative yoga
- Yoga Nidra and guided meditation
- Chair yoga
- Chronic pain and mobility support
- Yoga for addiction and recovery
- Yoga for anxiety and depression
- Yoga for queer bodies and inclusive language
Additionally, I completed further training in:
- Yin yoga
- Functional yoga anatomy
- Private yoga teaching
Interested to study tea meditation and psych-sensitive yoga, or to include tea meditation and yoga workshops for your office or community wellness program? Reach out to me below and let’s chat!