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3 transformative female meditation teachers everyone should know

Female meditation teachers

Whether you’re new to meditating or looking to take your journey further, learning from masters can provide you with both inspiration and useful guidance. Here are 3 female meditation teachers who offer exactly that.

Top female meditation teachers include Elena Brower

She studies under Vedic meditation guru Thom Knoles and follows the same tradition for her lessons. Elena Brower has been teaching since 1999 and has truly etched her place among the best in New York City, where she has offered weekly meditation and asana sessions. Today you can find her teaching online at YogaGlo with Hatha yoga and meditation classes.

Also well-regarded internationally, Brower trains others globally and offers retreats. As for the amazing locations she’s taught at, they include Old Port in Montreal, Central Park’s Great Lawn, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Given all of this, it’s no wonder that she’s caught the eye of major media outlets, including NBC News and the New York Times. Did I mention that she’s a mom and a writer too?

Elena Brower published the yoga workbook “Art of Attention” that’s been so popular it was translated into six languages. This wonder woman is also a contributor to Huffington Post, Positively Positive, Yoga Journal, and more.

As if all of that isn’t enough, she’s part of the cast of the film series On Meditation that documents how different people practice achieving higher awareness. Whether you’re thinking of starting your own organization or looking to contract out as a meditation leader, can provide you with the confidence to do so.

Sharon Salzberg

When it comes to female meditation teachers, Sharon Salzberg is a well-known name. She is recognized worldwide as a leading teacher of Buddhist meditation practices who have been vital in bringing meditation and mindfulness into Western society.

This exceptional gal has been teaching since 1974 and – wait for it – she co-founded the first American-based western meditation center. This retreat center, The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, still operates today.

That groundbreaking accomplishment came only three years after Sharon Salzberg attended her first intensive meditation session in India. Since then quality resources like have become available to those who want to try new practices and learn more about Buddhism.

Between 1971 and 1974, she studied under highly-regarded Buddhist leaders. When she returned to the US in 1974, Salzberg began teaching insight meditation (also known as vipassana), and she still teaches retreats and classes of this type.

As with Elena Brower, Sharon Salzberg is also an esteemed author and speaker. She has ten books to date, including “Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness” and “Real Happiness.”

What is her loving-kindness tradition? It’s about improving concentration and providing a singular focus, as well as being mindful to relate deeply to your experiences.

Among my favorite quotes from her is this one:

If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger – we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again.

Paula Tursi is another of the standout female meditation leaders

Paula Tursi is perhaps best known for founding the Reflections Center for Conscious Living & Yoga in New York City, where she is the Director today. This mom and innovator also founded the Reflections Yoga Teacher Training Program, which is highly regarded globally.

Reflections Yoga began for Tursi as a way to merge what she found inspiring about other practices with her personal search for truth. This accomplishment came years after she began studying Restorative and Hatha yoga.

She has studied under notables such as Angela Farmer and worked in-depth with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Leslie Kaminoff on yoga, awareness of movement, breathing exercises, and more. Paula Tursi continues to study Body-Mind Centering with Bainbridge Cohen.

The work Paula Tursi does focuses on the mind-body connection, specifically on the use of meditation to elevate the senses. Rather than blocking off thoughts during practice, she encourages people instead to open up the opportunity for thoughts to come and be aware of the associated sensations with them, including negativity.

In addition, Tursi is a speaker, writes for the Huffington Post, and is a couples counselor. Talk about doing it all! Recently she wrote a great piece about how slowing down your life with yoga can help improve your sex life as you start to feel things and respond rather than react.

Oh and she’s been published too, just like Sharon Salzberg and Elena Brower. Paula Tursi contributed to the book “Happy Gut” by Dr. Vincent Pedre.

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