Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.
What benefits does the research support for meditation for optimal wellbeing? (Please also review our Research page.)
Published research shows improvements in Attention, Memory, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Performance, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, Insomnia, Cognitive Decline, Pain, PTSD, Food Cravings, Emotional Eating, Weight Management, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Aging, Overall Wellbeing.
Why is it important to work with a "live" meditation expert teacher?
We are thrilled to see the growing popularity of both meditation and mindfulness. Not only has science proven that meditation boosts your health (increasing your immune system while decreasing inflammation), but it also boosts your happiness, your self-control and your ability to better connect with others, which, in turn, makes you more likely to live longer. Additionally, the latest research shows that meditation practices actually increase the amount of gray matter in your brain as well as “cortical thickness” (a key feature of individuals who are able to pay attention and focus longer).
And, when it comes to mindfulness, science has proven through numerous studies that it is a powerful natural way to reduce stress, improve your memory, and have happier relationships and overall satisfaction in life. All of these tremendous, science-backed benefits are causing more people than ever to show interest in learning how to do it - and how to teach it. While it’s exciting to see, this surge of growth is also a bit unsettling.
There are so many opportunities to be misguided by information or mislead by less experienced teachers and so-called “experts”. Yes, more people should be meditating and, yes, everyone can benefit from the teachings of mindfulness. However, understanding basic principles or going through a “training” to become a meditation or mindfulness teacher is rarely enough. The nuances of both meditation and mindfulness are not something that can be taught online or through apps. They also aren’t something that teachers can pick up in just a few months (or even a few years) of training.
In order to reap the real benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices, you absolutely must work with a dedicated professional. Meditation is not a one size fits all technique. Everyone is different and will relate to certain styles and will be more likely to adapt the process and integrate meditation into their life if the technique is tailored for them. Even if you don’t have an expert trainer in the area that you can train with in person, individually or in a small group, there are teachers like AnJenette Afridi, M.A. that also offer individual and/or group trainings live online using video conferencing or FaceTime. The benefit of doing this type of live training is that the teacher will tailor a meditation program specifically for you, and give you real-time, personalized feedback, something that no app or recorded video can do.
Being discerning before allocating your time and money on a less-than-qualified teacher or an ineffective method of training is key to getting the most out of these powerful practices.
What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness and meditation have been hot topics lately and these two words have been used interchangeably. This is AnJenette's working definition:
Mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing,” while meditation is the awareness of “no-thing.”
Mindfulness is an informal practice of moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment and is also a state of mind. Mindfulness can be applied to the moments of our daily life to be fully engaged in that moment.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, who has taught mindfulness for more than three decades, says practicing mindfulness is actually a form of meditation. Mindfulness is simply awareness, something you don't have to practice for 20 minutes at a time.
Meditation is a mind-body practice in which we focus our attention on something, such as an object, word, phrase, music, movement or breathing, in order to minimize distracting or stressful thoughts or feelings. Meditation is practiced for a specific amount of time.
Why do people use meditation in the US?
Below are results from a research survey of November 2016 title: Prevalence, patterns, and predictors of meditation use among US adults: A nationally representative survey. “Emerging evidence suggests substantial health benefits from using meditation. Meditation was mainly used for general wellness (76.2%), improving energy (60.0%), and aiding memory or concentration (50.0%). Anxiety (29.2%), stress (21.6%), and depression (17.8%) were the top health problems for which people used meditation; 63.6% reported that meditation had helped a great deal with these conditions. Only 34.8% disclosed their use of meditation with a health provider. These findings indicate that about 9.3 million US adults have used meditation in the past 12 months.”
Do you teach Transcendental Meditation also known as TM? What style of meditation do you teach?
AJ: "Transcendental Meditation technique or TM is a form of meditation that utilizes a mantra and was developed by Maharishi Manhensh Yogi. The practice of TM repeats a personal mantra in a seated position with the eyes closed and is practiced for 15-20 minutes twice a day. This technique has been described as both non-religious as a technique for personal development and as a religious technique as its roots are in Hinduism."
"At age 17, I attended Transcendental Meditation (TM) seminars. Although I was aware of meditation at the time, attending TM trainings ignited my experience and passion to continue practicing. My interest continued at (undergrad) college in my first semester, I enrolled in a college course offered in the philosophy department entitled 'The Art of Meditation'. This meditation course was not based on TM and did not use a mantra. We had our eyes open focused on a candle and also closed at times focused on the breath. I still have my college notebook from that meditation course and it resides on my office bookshelf! After college, I continued my studies and practice of several styles of meditation as well as yoga and added meditation and yoga to my teaching vitae. Years later in grad school I studied 'Meditation in Movement' with the focus on the body in motion."
"Over the last four decades, I have studied and practiced several styles of meditation. In 2008, I studied with the renowned Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Benson wrote the iconic book in 1972 'The Relaxation Response' that introduced meditation to the mainstream. In October of 2018, I will be returning to Harvard Medical School to once again study with Dr. Benson."
"The mediation techniques that I teach are a composite of my trainings and are customized based on my client's consultation. All meditation techniques I teach are secular (non-religious) and are backed by science."
How can we can bring mindfulness into our daily activities?
What is health psychology?
Health Psychology’s focus is on interventions and preventions to promote wellbeing and to understand how biology, psychology, behavior, environmental, and social factors influence wellbeing.Who are your clientele?
AJ: "I work with adults of every age and children."
Do you have office visits?
AJ: "Yes, I have an office in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please contact me for additional information."
What is your availability?
AJ: "I am available Monday to Friday 8AM to 6PM and evenings and weekends by request. The aforementioned are my usual hours unless I am attending a conference or hosting an event. I do have a clientele waiting list from time to time and it will be noted as such on this website."
How do you work with clients?
AJ: "I develop customized programs for adults and adolescents based on their consultation and needs. I provide individual training on Skype, Zoom, IPhone Facetime, phone, and in person at my office. I also provide group trainings on Skype, Zoom, Iphone, Facetime, and at my office as well as offsite and onsite trainings, workshops, and speaking events. All programs include email support. Please contact me for group discount rates of two or more people."
What payments do you take?
We utilize the secure Shopify Payments on our website for all our transactions.
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- Currently only Android users can checkout with Google Pay.
- We also accept check and cash if you prefer at AnJenette's office or for a workshop or event. Payments are due upon registration.
What is AnJenette's involvement with charitable organizations and the community?
AnJenette is involved with various charities and not-for-profit organizations. Whether it’s through monetary donations or helping organizations run charitable events, AJ is committed to giving back.
If you have additional questions, please contact AnJenette.