The Meditation Bar Team

Meditation Instructors

 
Paige Davis

Paige Davis

Paige Davis is a certified meditation teacher with the McLean Meditation Institute.

She is passionate about inspiring change from a personal place of awareness. Paige created Soul Sparks as a destination to inspire and empower individuals and companies looking to create a meaningful and accessible approach to living a more mindful life through meditation + mindfulness programs.

 
Krista Lea

Krista Lea

Krista Lea, offers dynamic and self-reflective classes that enhance awareness. Her mission is to hold space and guide others to feel more freedom in the body and mind.  She infuses her classes with crystal bowls, chakra balancing, breath work, and weaves in self-empowerment teachings. Try a Release class if you'd like to experience these all combined with mindful yoga flow. Her teaching style is sure to leave you confident and uplifted. She received her certification as a Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor and a yoga teacher certification. She considers a yoga practice vital to wellbeing and a gateway to meditation. Krista is the creator of Half Moon Meditation, a platform to share her passion for self-care practices that create a beautiful life.

 

Lauren Foreman

Lauren Foreman is a co-owner and leader at Meditation Bar. She began meditating in 1999 before giving speeches and vocal performances and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Women/Gender Studies from UT Austin. At Apple, she provided training across NYC, Texas, and european markets. She most recently worked at the senior level in Texas politics.

 While working in tech, she saw the need to release tension and embrace mindfulness in a culture that is almost constantly attached to technology. After recovering from Texas politics, she studied under the Mindfulness Based Achievement Program and is receiving trauma informed mindfulness training. She and her partners opened Meditation Bar seeing the need to bring a mainstream approach to meditation practices in the community. She is fiercely passionate that teaches sensory rich classes and is serious about helping people.

 

Ryan Appleby

Ryan has traveled the world as a professional vocalist. He has long time understood the power of meditation to calm the mind before performances. He is also a certified tea specialist with the Specialty Tea Institute based in Manhattan NYC.
At a young age Ryan began reading the likes of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and many others. His long time practice of meditation, yoga, and mindful awaking has influenced his teachings. His playing of percussive instruments helps relax, calm, and heal during meditations.

 
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Jody Emerson

Jody brings a decades long passion for personal growth through meditation and breath work to her classes. Over the years, she has studied the techniques of Centering Prayer (Father Thomas Keating) and Mindfulness Meditation (Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn). She believes strongly in “daily life” meditation, whereby we pay attention to what is happening in each moment and not simply living in “automatic mode”.

Jody is a certified hatha yoga teacher, and the founder of Living Radiance Yoga. She strives to empower others to embrace life wherever life is meeting them. She has found through personal practice, the powerful effects of breath work, meditation, as well as sound healing. She compliments her meditations with crystal and tibetan bowls, and inspiring, affirmative, empowering teachings from various traditions.

 
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Shari Pitts

Like so many, Shari Pitts first came to meditation looking for relief from stressful situations and difficult thoughts and emotions. She learned that relief naturally occurs when we reconnect with, and nourish, our underlying, uncaused Well-being, and that continues to be her focus as a meditation teacher.

Shari has advanced training in the iRest® meditation protocol. iRest is a practical, research-tested combination of modern mindfulness self-inquiry tools and ancient meditation techniques. She was drawn to iRest for its scientific base, which appeals to her mind, and because it doesn't require sitting in uncomfortable positions, which appeals to her body.

 
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JOSH WALPOLE

Josh Walpole first entered the Meditation Bar as a student. As a creative soul who spent time as an advertising art director before becoming a full-time parent of two, Josh had experienced a range of pressure-filled, stressful and emotional days. Seeking a healthy approach to wellness and balance, he skeptically began a meditation practice.
Skepticism made way for faith as space was cleared that allowed for creative inspiration. And a new way of life began as a mindfulness practice provided the tools needed to tap into his inner resource for relief from daily anxieties.

Josh is now a teacher in training in the iRest® meditation protocol. iRest is a practical, research-tested combination of modern mindfulness self-inquiry tools and ancient meditation techniques. Josh’s goal is to make meditation accessible and tangible to everyone – beginning at home, with his family.

 
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Marie Young

Marie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2005. She discovered yoga in 2001 and embraced Anusara yoga—a Hatha practice that emphasizes alignment, optimal bio-mechanics, and heart-centeredness—because of the joy and freedom from pain it offered. She trained in Los Angeles and started teaching immediately.

Marie recently started the Round Rock Women’s Meditation Meetup out of her home to offer more meditation to women in Austin’s northern suburbs. She loves to use isochronic tones in her classes to deepen the experience for her students. She is also a relationship coach and a mindfulness and meditation educator.

 
 
Akasha Villabos

Akasha Villabos

Akasha Villabos, a public school teacher of film and speech, began meditating for “peace in the Middle East”. She has studied meditation, yoga asanas and theosophy.

She practiced hatha and ashtanga yoga and deepened her meditation practice finding particular inspiration from the Dalai Llama, Ram Dass, and Eckhart Tolle. Daily meditation quiets her mind and uncovers her center and joy.

 

Morgan Osmani

Morgan Osmani has a passion for contemplative practices that nourish the heart, mind, and body and has experienced for herself the profound and positive impact that compassionately lead mindfulness practices can have on overall wellness.

Morgan weaves together her skills and experience as a psychotherapist, yoga instructor and retreat facilitator to guide you through soulful meditation practices that support a gentle and deepening connection to the wisdom of the heart, mind, and body.

 
Kate Cleary

Kate Cleary

Kate Cleary is a somatic movement and expressive arts educator, imagery specialist and hatha yoga teacher.  She is a certified teacher of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, a movement based healing art, rooted in the fertile, innovative fields of post modern dance and somatic psychology. Kate brings an embodied awareness to the practice of meditation as a way to resource kindness, liberate energy and activate authenticity.

 
Billy White

Billy White

Shingetsu Billy White provides a meditative journey in healing sound through overtone singing. He is an internationally acclaimed singer and musician for 30 years, long time student of zen and tibetan buddhism, yoga, and various shamanic traditions. Experience a new kind of “performance” using voice and instruments from various parts of the world and enjoy his new album that is a culmination of many years of sound meditations at the heart is awake.

 
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Sandee Conroy

Singing Bowls entered Sandee's life in 2001.  Through personal study and Time, she has developed a powerful method of sound meditation.  Sandee has two CDs - The Art of Balance; and The Portal.  In addition to monthly Austin Area Sound Bath sessions and Workshops,  private group sessions are also available. Sandee has shared the stage with various artists, including Grammy winner Jeffrey Barnes.  Venues have included the United Nations Church Center, Yankee Stadium Legends Club, Austin City Limits—Studio 6A, 35 Denton Music Festival, Steeplechase Cancer Center, Rutgers University, as well as various regional Hospitals, Health, Yoga and Religious Centers.  For more information, please visit SingingBowlLady.com

 
 
Jason Traweek

Jason Traweek

Percussionist Jason Traweek creates the sacred space and sounds to celebrate our body’s innate, healing connection to drumming through dance and meditation. Jason is a talented multi-instrumentalist, with a strong emphasis on world percussion. With 30 years of experience in a diverse spectrum of musical styles, his rhythmic influences include Latin, African and middle-eastern style drumming.


Our Advisors

 
Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer is the Executive Director of Contemplative Life. Spencer is well-known figure in Austin with a public service career spanning over 33 years.

Tom was the Executive Director at I Live Here, I Give Here, the CEO of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), and served as a Host and Producer of Public Affairs programming for KLRU-TV. Tom continues to play a role in local media.

 
Flint Sparks

Flint Sparks

Flint Sparks is a Zen teacher and former psychologist dedicated to assisting people in the unending path of growing up and waking up. He is an experienced therapist and a master teacher who assists people in the skillful removal of blocks to love, both inside and outside. He is a clear and caring resource on the path of freedom from unnecessary suffering. Flint has nearly four decades of experience in the practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He is also a Zen teacher who leads retreats throughout North America and Europe.