How to Meditate: An Introduction to Mindfulness
Taught by Laena McCarthy
Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She's an Entrepreneur, Educator, Wellness Maven, Birth Coach, Ideation Consultant, and Side Hustle Coach. Living and working the ethos of resilience and food as medicine, she helps empower people through work, life, childbirth, and transformation. In her private practice, she coaches women who crave financial freedom and an integrated work/life/cycle balance.
Laena launched her startup, Anarchy in a Jar, in 2009. It has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Bust, Elle Japan, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin Random House in 2012. A student of her own hustle advice, she launched her newest venture, a self-care line, in 2016, using edible organic herbs and oils to feel good and nourish the skin.
Laena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received an MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute, has trained as a birth coach, food scientist, and herbalist, and was awarded the United States Antarctica Service Medal by the Department of Defense for her work with the National Science Foundation.
When she’s not making it rain with mustard, wellness rituals, and startup nitty-gritty, you can find her dreaming about her next adventure, while practicing self-care, and chasing after her toddler.
One of the best things I've ever done for myself was learning to meditate and create a daily mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Meditation helps me rebuff the jerk in my head who encourages me to make bad decisions; with a daily practice, I'm now able to sift through my thoughts so I'm (mostly) acting on the good ones, not the bad ones.
In this class, you'll learn the basics of starting a personal meditation practice. I'll teach you how to relax your mind, sharpen your concentration, increase calmness and clarity, and induce sustainable, conscious happiness. Most importantly, I'll provide you with tools to reduce stress and anxiety, and become more resilient.
This class is open to anyone who wants to learn more about mindfulness, whether you've meditated 100 times or 0. I'll address the basic barriers that many beginners face, such as: How long do I meditate? Where should I meditate? What do I focus on? How do I overcome distractions? The workshop will include some guided meditations and provide plenty of time for questions and discussion.
You will walk away with the ability to:
- create a personal mindfulness meditation practice
- reduce stress and increase calmness
- train your mind to make better decisions
- sleep better, and reduce physical pain or depression