Mindfulness For The Real World

My opening sequence for the Summer Solstice in Times Square to get participants to embrace their inner child and approach the class with kindness and curiosity. More event photos here.

My mission is to help young people realize their potential. With the support of community, my work aims to make the tools for self-regulation more accessible, especially in under-served communities so that all children feel connected with and confident in themselves to navigate their unique path. 


My Story

The roller-coaster ride that has lead me on this path has been full of: false starts, technical difficulties, upside town turns, adrenaline and fear. I attribute the ride going on for as long as it did because I never saw myself like myself taking this path and was never encouraged to buckle up for it either.

What does this mean for my students? Through yoga and meditation, I encourage my students to tap in to their true Self: free from wider voices and influences that attempt to shape them. As students master their mind and their body, this sense of success and achievement translates off the mat and feeds a growing sense of Self that goes beyond stereotype and expectations.

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Colin is amazing on all levels. He is kind, compassionate and encouraging to our students. At the same time, he is excellent at imparting the concepts of discipline and mindfulness. He is a well-rounded instructor and mentor and one of the best teachers I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
— Jamie Paraganos - Program Director, NYC LAB School for Collaborative Studies
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of children with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have learning or behavioral problems compared to 3% of those who have zero ACEs.


student suspensions were given out in New York City between 1999 and 2009 -  doubling from the beginning to the end of that time period. 


of New York City children live in households below the federal poverty guidelines.  


The research


Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child has found that toxic stress can be a result of poverty, abuse and neglect. Toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support and directly impacts the architecture of a child's brain - affecting their learning, behavior, physical and mental health. 

One effective intervention for those stuck in "fight or flight" mode is yoga and mindfulness. 

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Reach out

If you're a business looking to donate products to my students, a curious parent or an educator interested in building a mindfulness curriculum - let me know!

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