City: North Fork, Long Island, NY
Teacher: Colleen M. Doumeng
Bio: Colleen M. Doumeng received her Advanced Meditation Teacher Certification from the davidji Meditation Academy after completing over 1000 hours of training. Colleen has traveled and studied extensively with Dr. Wayne Dyer, davidji, Louise Hay, Ram Dass & Pema Chondron. Colleen advanced on her spiritual path after a “dark night of the soul” at the tender age of 33 when she was suddenly diagnosed with tongue cancer. She had no coping skills to prepare her for the onslaught of fear and roller coaster emotions. Fortunately and magically a book came into her life at that time – You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. This book immediately became her steady companion. Colleen credits the teachings in this book such as learning that she could change her life by changing her thoughts for changing the trajectory of her journey forward.
Through her twice daily ritualized meditation practice, prayer, affirmations, setting intentions, visualization, learning how to trust, to forgive, to be less judgmental, humor and a strong commitment to her core values, Colleen has learned how to witness and connect more fully to the present moment.
Colleen is uniquely qualified to work with a wide variety of students. Her students range from children to adults – people from all walks of life. She offers private and group classes exploring the ancient art of meditation and lectures regularly. She is a Reiki practitioner and a Hospice volunteer at East End Hospice on Long Island. Colleen also volunteers destressifying and relaxation breathing techniques and leads guided meditations at Mondays at Racine (a cancer care program, which provides complimentary services and support therapies to men, women and their families undergoing treatment). She resides on the North Shore of Long Island, where she and her husband enjoy spending time with their five adult children, spouses, and nine grandchildren.
City: New York, NY
Teacher: Karen Asconi
Bio: Certified Masters of Wisdom & Meditation teacher committed to continued metamorphoses, being present to the simple miracles all around us, and flowing love and peace through deep connection with myself and others. For most of my life I was a high school Science and Theater Arts teacher in New Jersey but happily danced out of the profession on January 31st, 2012 to downsize my “stuff”, push my boundaries, expand my consciousness, and explore a new life path in New York City. I’m in awe of, and so grateful for the buzz, the hum, the early morning stillness, being able to disappear into quiet corners of Central Park at any time for a mini vacation imagining I’m in the woods somewhere, and the opportunity to be present to the whole world existing in one subway car. Currently I’m a part time voiceover artist and actor and full time human, with a dedicated meditation and yoga practice. And it’s dipping into the stillness, silence, and presence within the practice that has made this part of my life so rich, so filled with grace and appreciation for every experience that has led me to this precious moment. I’m learning and loving “me”, making clearer choices, connecting more deeply on all levels, softening and loving more, listening deeper, shifting relationships, cracking open, shedding old skin, shaking the Etch-a-Sketch, transforming, being the calm in the chaos wherever I am, and passionately sharing the possibilities of this beautiful ride with others. After all, “We’re all just walking each other home.” It would be an honor and a privilege to walk with you
Specialties: End of Life Doula with INELDA, Hospice and Vigil Volunteer with VNSNY, Restorative Yoga and Meditation teacher in the Wellness Center at Ronald McDonald House NY, De-cluttering – physically and spiritually, Singing (especially in harmony) 200 Hr. Bright Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification, Restorative Yoga Certification, Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Certification, BS Science/Education with Teacher Certification K-12, MA Theater with Teacher Certification K-12, Intergenerational arts projects linking high school students with senior citizens and pre-K/Kindergartners, and I love to cook and bake but my NYC Studio apartment kitchen is so small that it’s not worth the kitchen accidents that happen as I trip over myself or my beautiful little black cat, Maya. In my next apartment, though, wherever it is …
City: Long Beach, New York
Teacher: Elisa Gordon
Bio: Elisa is a business owner, wife and mom, with a teaching and counseling background. She practices yoga & enjoys dabbling in oil painting. As the office manager and owner of a family-run general contracting business, Elisa manages people’s stresses with grace and ease. And through her daily meditation practice and training, she has learned to be calm, present and connected to each precious present moment. Elisa is thrilled to share these meditation tools with you. As a davidji certified Master of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher, she will support you in developing a daily practice, help you become your best self, own your impact.
Specialties: Certified Master of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher, Serenity Hatha Yoga Certification Instructor 200hr., MS Elementary Education and MS Counseling from Hofstra University.
City: Rochester, New York
Teacher: Beth Cross
Name of Practice: lotus blossom yoga & meditation
Bio: I received my certification as a Master of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher from davidji Meditation Academy in October 2019. A registered yoga teacher and trained yoga therapist, I came to the meditation and yoga community after a long career in the legal field. After seeing how many of my colleagues suffered from stress-related illnesses, as well as suffering from symptoms of stress myself, I embarked on a journey to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to live a more fulfilling and peaceful life. The skills I have learned have made a tremendous difference in my life, and I would like to share these tools with others.
My studio is located in Penfield, New York (a suburb of Rochester) where I offer individual yoga therapy sessions as well as teach meditation techniques to groups up to four in number. Meditation is an integral element to the realization of a well-lived life. Each day is such a gift, and you must be able to slow down and appreciate your present surroundings. But in our hectic society, we aren’t given “permission” to do that. Everything is “hurry up” and we are praised for our abilities in multitasking. By being introduced to the simple tools of meditation, you can create space and silence in any given moment – when you’re in a meeting that’s not going like you expected, when a difficult decision requires clarity of thought. There are methods available that you can use in any given moment in order to respond, not react, and the benefits of a regular meditation practice will become very apparent once you give it a try. There are many different ways to meditate, and I’m sure one practice will resonate with you.
Specialties: I primarily work with seniors (trying to maintain a body-mind connection as long as possible during the aging process), but I also work with any individual who just wants a little time out of the storm. My studio and the practice of meditation are the perfect combination to give you that little bit of peace you need to face the rest of your day. No experience necessary – just a desire to slow down and relax for a bit.