Teaches: Beginning Meditation for Young Adults
Via (she/they)’s meditation journey began at the start of COVID after her cousin recommended Caren’s class. She didn’t realize how much anxiety had been affecting her day-to-day life until she started meditating and began to feel less anxious and more grounded. After a couple of years on the cushion, Via found that her go-to technique is Hong Sau, which she can do anywhere, anytime. Via is especially passionate about teaching young adults who are curious about meditation, a practice that she sees as an opportunity to quell the inner critic and reconnect with one’s true self in this busy digital age.
Via grew up in Davidson, North Carolina, with parents who valued honesty, creativity, and self-reflection. She is now a tattoo artist in Los Angeles, where she lives with her two roommates and their Persian cat, Winston. Via’s favorite room in her apartment is her bedroom, where she can draw, read, or meditate undisturbed. In her free time, she loves singing, reading, and rock climbing/bouldering. Via’s favorite book is Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, and her favorite song is Bleed to Love Her by Fleetwood Mac. Via enjoys sweet jasmine green tea lattes, and has found that “Comparison is the thief of joy” – a quote from Teddy Roosevelt – is an important reminder for her these days.