Alex Wonnell

Vermont

""Develop the skills, optimize the happy" "Love deeply and act effectively" -Shinzen Young"

I found my way to meditation through suffering, as many people do, in addition to an interest about the workings of the mind. I endured a mental health crisis in the fall of 2015 which taught me that deep pain is more than just a concept. Moving forward, I was able to generate real-life positive feedback from my daily mindfulness practice, which was expanding in breadth and depth, and continued to recognize the impact of sitting on my relationships and rewiring my brain. The consistency and steady recognition of the benefits of mindfulness meditation in various life settings and activities led me to sign up for a Mindfulness in Education course, which aligned with my experience as an educator. In that class, one of Shinzen Young’s students came in for a guest lecture and recommended that students who feel ready go on a retreat. So, I did! The fall of 2017 I went on my first retreat with Shinzen which profoundly changed the projection of mindfulness in my life.....AND the direction of my life in general. From that moment on, I knew deeply that I was going to be on this path for the rest of my life. At this point, an aspect of psycho-spiritual growth includes teaching and sharing practice with others. That’s why I became a coach! Covid-19 gave me the opportunity to teach livestream through Sangha Studio here in Burlington, VT. I actually founded the meditation program there! My hope is to bring the best of what I've learned on that journey to VIVAYA

CERTIFICATIONS

MindSize Sports Performance Coach

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)

Foundations of Unified Mindfulness

Pathways Program for Teaching Mindfulness

Pathways Program for Teaching Mindfulness

Unified Mindfulness Compass Teacher Training

Unified Mindfulness Compass Teacher Training

Pathways Program for Teaching Mindfulness

Unified Mindfulness Compass Teacher Training

Unified Mindfulness Compass Teacher Training

My Philosophy

Alex believes that a daily meditation practice is one of the most effective ways to reduce suffering and increase fulfillment in one’s life. One of his core teaching principles is meeting students wherever they are, essentially allowing the wisdom of the individual to lead the way. All you need is an object of focus and a way to focus on that object, with compassion and kindness.

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