Why our Sangha exists:
“It isn't the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it's how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.” ― Pema Chödrön
We are a community of teachers in service of lessening attachments and decreasing the suffering of each being through the practice of and living mindfulness. Check back, often, for ways to practice with us. Additionally, you will see our contact information. Please reach out and let us know how the practice of Mindfulness can be of service to you.
“The spiritual practice described here is not about becoming a better person. It is not about increasing your skills, being more effective in your life, healing old wounds or being successful. It is about finding a way that leaves you at peace in your life and free to respond to others in whatever way is appropriate.” ― Ken I McLeod
Founder B.L.C. and Lead Teacher B.L.C. Sangha
E-RYT 500, Level 2 MBSR Teacher, MMTCP Graduate & MS in Secondary English Education
Erica’s interest in Mindfulness Meditation began in 2006 when she became a RYT with American Power Yoga in Dallas, Texas. In 2009, after a weekend training with Pema Chӧdron, she was hooked. Erica has taught yoga and meditation for 15+ years, held a distinguished career as an english teacher, instructional specialist & curriculum writer and is an expert in mindfulness for students ages 4 through 18. She is a Level 2 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher through Brown University. Erica is also a graduate of Tara Brach and Jack Kornfiled's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training. She is the founder and co-owner of The Balanced Living Center as well as the Staff Development Trainer in Social and Emotional Learning & Mindfulness for Wayne-Finger Lakes B.O.C.E.S.
Co-Owner B.L.C. and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
RYT, Relax and Renew® Level 1 Trainer, MMTT L2, Assistant to Judith Hanson Lasater's Level 1 Trainings
Heidi's passion for yoga has led her from taking class to teaching, starting with hot vinyasa and now restorative. She believes the next natural step in her trainings was mindfulness meditation. Additionally, it dovetails perfectly with restorative yoga. Her belief is Balance Living Center embodies awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love. Her sangha is a group of like-minded people, committed to sharing what they are passionate about, in order to continue growing our community in awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love.
Mindfulness Educator, School Psychologist and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
Psy.D, MMTT L1
Dr. Stacey Exner, Psy.D., is a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Webster C.S.D. for secondary special education. Her training is as a School Psychologist and was in that role at Schroeder High School for 12 years before transitioning into the role of a T.O.S.A. She has teamed with Erica Ebert the last two years to provide training at B.O.C.E.S. for staff wanting to bring mindfulness to their districts and classrooms. She has participated in Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Erica.
Mindfulness Educator and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
Emilie has worked in the field of education for 10 years. She has worked with children with special needs during the majority of that time. She has recently earned her B.S. in Education and throughout her continuing quest for self improvement, she found meditation. As a Certified Mindful Meditation Teacher, her passion for education and meditation combine to offer a lens on mindfulness that can be used to promote our own self-care and that of our children. For Emilie, this Sangha of Mindfulness Educators is the community that supports, stands beside, and leads each other through inspiration and love.
Life Coach, Mindfulness Educator, Certified Hypnotherapist and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
MSW, MBA, CH, MMTT L2
Sheila was led to Mindfulness through her career as a mental health professional, helping people through the trials of life. She has discovered the powerful impact Mindfulness has when combined with her Life Coaching business to help people embrace their lives with courage and compassion.
Mindfulness Educator, Yoga Instructor, Preschool Teacher, Artist, Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
BS Studio Art, AAS Textiles, International Montessori Teaching Diploma, Certified KAY Teacher, RYT 200, MMTT L2
Jennie is an artist and for 19+ years a preschool teacher. She credits daily yoga and years of informal mindfulness practice for inspiring a deeper level of self care during challenging life events. Her want to share with others the light that yoga, meditation and art bring to her has led to become a yoga and meditation teacher. The Sangha embodies everything that is mindfulness- connection to self, others and the world around us.
Mindfulness Educator, Professional Licensed Massage Therapist, RYT, Circus Enthusiast, Vocalist and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
At the age of 10, Rachel started practicing yoga by watching VHS tapes before school. When she reached 13, she realized that yoga went hand-in-hand with massage. After college graduation she immediately started massage school in Ithaca NY, and became an LMT. Continuing her education, she became a R.Y.T. 200 in 2015. Mindfulness became the next step to add to her arsenal of skills. Sangha is a home that will always be here, no matter where I travel, I will always have this community of people. We have experienced such growth together. Continuing this practice and being able to share this knowledge is an opportunity of a lifetime!
Mindfulness Educator and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
MS in Education, MMTT L2
Barbara has been a teacher for 20+ years. During a particularly difficult time in her career and personal life, she became interested in learning about mindfulness as a way of relieving stress. Recognizing the increased number of students dealing with anxiety/trauma at her school, she also began using mindfulness practices in the classroom. The benefits, both personally and professionally, were obvious and led her to further her knowledge and understanding through formal trainings (most of which were led by Erica Ebert). Barbara has also completed the "Mindfulness Fundamentals" and "Mindful Educator Essentials" courses through Mindful Schools.
Yoga Instructor, Mindfulness Educator, Mental Resilience Coach and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
200-RYT, MMTT L2, Koru Certified Instructor
Lucinda was led to mindfulness during her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. During this time the Universe kept placing "opportunities" in her path. She teaches mindfulness to college students and athletes at the University of Rochester. She serves on the Mindful University Project Advisory Committee. Lucinda is passionate in her endeavors to make mindfulness accessible to all and infuses it throughout her yoga teaching. Lucinda believes it is through community where they are able to serve the greater good. We are only as strong as those around us.
Mindfulness Educator, Occupational Therapist and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
OTR/L, RYT-200, MMTTL2
Ruthie began her Mindfulness journey as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. As an OT, Mindfulness provided a way to offer science based, family friendly self-regulation strategies to her students and families. Mindfulness soon became an essential part of both her personal and professional practice. Ruthie teaches adult and children's yoga classes that emphasize opportunities to create a mindful lifestyle. Ruthie is an independent Occupational Therapist and provides consultation on Mindfulness and self-regulation strategies to local school districts and various organizations.
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Mindfulness and Music Educator and Founding Member B.L.C. Sangha
Steve started his mindfulness practice 7 years ago to help develop balance and focus in his personal life. Seeing the benefits of his practice, Steve began to bring mindfulness practices into his job as a music teacher. He views mindfulness as the foundation to balanced lifestyle and strives to be of service to anyone who is looking to bring the practice into their life.