Kristen Connolly, CMT-P, is dedicated to introducing the benefits of mindfulness to those who are new to meditation, and to those who would like to develop a workable, customized practice that best fits their needs. She is committed to demonstrating the practical applications of being present, responding vs. reacting, and experiencing genuine confidence to achieve short- and long-term goals. Kristen works with people to find the best solution to meet their mindfulness aspirations, while embodying what she teaches with an empathetic, engaging demeanor.
After years of adventure in the music business, Kristen supported Fortune 100 senior and C-level executives for over 20 years. She experienced first-hand the struggles to balance work and personal life, navigate career advancement, and manage multiple competing priorities. In 2015, after meditating for almost a decade, Kristen fully committed to learn how to stay true to herself while managing the chaos of the corporate executive suite.
Kristen has completed the UCLA Semel Institute Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, having previously completed the Intensive Practice Program at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), led by Diana Winston and Dr. Marvin Belzer, and is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher – Professional Level, accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She is a Certified Teacher/Trainer in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, having participated in the inaugural cohort of Compass; Unified Mindfulness’ advanced teacher training. In addition to supporting students in UM’s Pathways training by taking on support coach and co-teaching roles, she continues to deepen her own practice through ongoing programs with Diana Winston, Michael Taft, and Ethan Nichtern.
Kristen finds gratification and inspiration through discovering amazing fresh fruits, veggies, and treats at her local farmers’ markets, and revels in guiltlessly spending an entire afternoon on her couch with a great, or even just pretty good, book.