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Early Spring 2017:

Guided Mindfulness Meditation

Held Outside in Nature (or inside in poor weather)

*You’ll be guided in Mindfulness Meditation (MM) or Loving-Kindness (LK) Practices, suitable for beginners or those with experience.

Register for all or just one!

Thursdays: May 4th (MM*), May 11th (LK*), May 18th (MM,) May 25th

5:00-6:30 pm

Where: Private Studio on State Street. and adjacent Nature Trail. (5 min. by car from Ithaca Commons) We’ll meet at address (given upon payment) and walk 2 min to outdoor spot or go inside if poor weather (if inside there is 1 cat in the home.)

Are you stressed out, worried about the world and your life: relationships, work stress or health?

Do you feel overloaded at times, and disconnected? Like you are just running to keep up with task after task?

I understand. That’s why I started practicing meditation in college; sitting with the Zen monks at Mt. Holyoke College. I immediately fell in love with the practice (see my bio below.)

Hi, my name is Kala (see video above) and I’ve been leading a Meditation for Beginners 6 Week Course in the fall and winter.  But This Meditation in Nature, is a bit different, less commitment required you just pre-register for the ones you will attend.

  • We’ll meet at address (given upon payment) and walk 2 min to outdoor spot or go inside if poor weather.

I’m a former professor, and I love teaching.   After you register, you’ll be taken to a page with address and let me know you are coming on what dates.

CONTACT send e-mail   QUESTIONS: Call Kala at 607-339-9849

What you’ll get:

  • Reduce feelings of stress
  • Increase concentration-help you work more efficiently
  • Decrease worrisome thoughts
  • Feel calmer manage your work load & life
  • Affect stress related conditions
  • Increase feelings of joy, clarity & purpose

Whether you are mature, a graduate student, working mom or pop, meditation is something anyone can do. And it will have a huge impact on your life if you let it!


Kala’s Bio/Creds:

Sayadaw U Pandita Burmese meditation master

Sayadaw U Pandita Burmese meditation master

Meditation: I’ve graduated the 18 month, Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA. I began meditation in the early 90′s. I have “sat” intensive, silent mindfulness meditation retreats ranging from 7 days to six weeks in length. The last one was in Fall 2013. My Western teachers have included Myoshin Kelley and Joseph Goldstein. I also have practiced under the guidance of Chanmay Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Pandita, both are highly respected Burmese monks and meditation masters. Most of this practice takes place at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.

Massage:  In 2007, I enrolled in a comprehensive 1,000 hour massage therapy program and got my NY state license. This complements my additional training in shiatsu from the International School of Shiatsu, in Doylestown, PA. My massage practice focus is shiatsu, for it’s amazing impact on health, energy and healing.


  • I am a certified yoga teacher and practitioner of 19 years. Originally certified by Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires, I found that the intensity of the city demanded a vinyasa flow to match. I began to blend the Kripalu yoga styles sweetness with a vigorous Ashtanga inspired flow. Now my teaching style is a more gentle but deep hatha yoga or kundalini yoga forms.
  • Over the years I regularly took classes with Dharma Mittra (a truly divinely inspired teacher,) and Alan Finger. I also studied Ashtanga with David Swenson.
  • For three years, I operated Sattva Yoga & Wellness, a small studio in midtown Manhattan. And got featured in several magazines, including Self, Yoga Journal and Essence. I was a board member of the New York Yoga Teachers Association in it’s founding year.
  • I then went off and became an art professor full-time.
  • I’ve taught workshops and ongoing classes to faculty, staff and students at colleges including the Graduate Center of City University of N.Y, N.Y.U. And regular and substitute @ NY Sports Clubs & Equinox; as well as a roster of private clients in NYC. My video for beginners–Start with Yoga was sold by a division of Book-of-the Month Club/Doubleday.
  • I studied macrobiotics and holistic health at Gulliver’s Living and Learning Center (now called the Institute for Integrative Nutrition) in NYC.

CONTACT send e-mail   QUESTIONS: Call Kala at 607-339-9849



Mid-Winter  2017: Introduction to Chakras

We will meditate and do visualization practices for activating, clearing and strengthening each chakra.  Each week we will have homework to continue the work on the chakras.

Early Registration opens March 4th.

Evenings: Thur. March 16- Apr. 27th, 6:00- 7:15 pm

State St. (5 Min. from Commons, Ithaca, NY) @ Private Studio Space

Pre-registration is required (small classes.)

Chakra Buddha Image on Ithaca Chakra Class