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Meditation 101

with Ashley Turner + 33 Experts
Finally, learn how to meditate to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, sleep better, be happier and have more energy. Train your brain. Open your heart.

Join Ashley Turner as she demystifies meditation. Learn from over 30 of the world’s leading experts in meditation, mindfulness, psychology and neuroscience. They’ll teach you how to meditate, the science behind it and how it can transform you mentally, physically and spiritually in this revolutionary FREE virtual conference!

BONUS: You can try 30 guided meditation practices at home! There is one at the end of each interview.

The Experts

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Success Through Stillness

with Russell Simmons
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Master entrepreneur and visionary Russell Simmons is the author of Success Through Stillness. He has influenced virtually all aspects of business and media: in music with the co-founding of the immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings; in the fashion industry with the trail-blazing Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Run Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; in film with Simmons Lathan Media Group; in television with HBO’s “The Def Comedy Jam” and “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry”; on Broadway with the Tony Award winning stage production “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway,” and numerous other ventures in the financial services industry, mobile communications, and philanthropy. A native New Yorker, he is the proud father of two daughters.
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How to Pray. Meditation + Activism

with Marianne Williamson
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Marianne Williamson is a spiritual teacher, lecturer and bestselling author. She is the founder of Project Angel Food in the Los Angeles area and co-founder of The Peace Alliance.
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Meditation + Politics

with Tim Ryan
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Rep. Tim Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation.
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Secrets of Meditation

with David-ji
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davidji is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, stress-management guru, a certified Vedic Master, public speaker, and the creator of hundreds of guided meditations, including the critically acclaimed CD davidji: guided meditations.  He is also the author of the award winning Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation. His teaching style is a unique fusion of timeless wisdom and real-world practical application. If there’s one book to read on moving through challenges and taking your life to the next level, it’s Secrets of Meditation! 

As the Lead Educator of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, davidji apprenticed under Deepak Chopra for nearly a decade learning and ultimately teaching the profound timeless wisdom of meditation, Ayurveda, emotional healing, and conscious choice making. With more than 300 guided meditations to his credit and more than 200,000 students around the world, davidji has made the ancient science of meditation practical, easy, fun, and rewarding. 

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The Wheel of Awareness

with Dan Siegel, MD
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Daniel Siegel, MD, is an internationally acclaimed author, educator and child psychiatrist. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.
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Effortless Meditation + Mindfulness as Self-Love

with Matthew Frum
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Matthew Frum is a meditation instructor and founder of StillnessDaily.org. He was ordained by the Dalai Lama in India and spent five years as Buddhist monk, including 2 years in solitary meditation retreat in a remote hermitage. After returning from the monastic life, inspired to become an "everyday monk," several of his teachers encouraged him to teach. He is passionate about helping people fall in love with themselves, others and their life through the practice of effortless presence.
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Fearless Heart Meditation

with Sianna Sherman
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Sianna Sherman is an internationally celebrated yoga innovator who shares her passionate voice with devotion, deep practice and soulful teaching. She is the founder of Mythic Yoga Flow.
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Happiness Meditation

with Elisha Goldstein
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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. has published extensively and is author of numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including his upcoming book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (January, 2015) and the bestselling books The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life (Atria Books 2012), Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler (Atria Books, 2013) and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger, 2010), foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is also creator of the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy column at Psychcentral.com and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. His professional research on Sacred Moments: Implications on Stress and Well-Being is published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Goldstein has developed the award winning program Mindfulness at Work, available through eMindful.com and co-developed CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) with his wife Stefanie Goldstein, PhD.

He is currently a licensed Psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and also teaches mindfulness-based programs through InsightLA.
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Fall in Love with Yourself + Life through Meditation

with Sally Kempton
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Sally Kempton is an author, a meditation teacher and a workshop/retreat leader known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation. 
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Minding Your Body. Mending Your Mind.

with Joan Borysenko, PhD
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Joan Borysenko is a noted lecturer who has managed to bring spirit, science, medicine and psychology together in the service of healing. She is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection.
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Tuning Into Your Truth through Meditation

with Seane Corn
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Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and Oprah.com, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. In 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the “Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award.” Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa working with communities in need- teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised over $4 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. Her self-authored dvds are available through Gaiam, Yoga Journal and Sounds True.
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Meditation and Miracles

with Gabrielle Bernstein
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Next generation thought leader, Gabrielle Bernstein is a motivational speaker, life coach and bestselling author of the books Add More ~ing to Your Life and A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles.
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Meditation & Epigenetics

with Bruce Lipton
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Bruce Lipton, PhD, is a stem cell biologist and internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is the bestselling author of The Biology of Belief.
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Forgiveness Mediation

with Tara Brach
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Tara Brach, Ph. D., is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She offers Buddhist meditation workshops and retreats throughout the United States. A clinical psychologist, she teaches extensively on the use of meditation practices in promoting emotional healing and spiritual awakening. Dr. Brach is the author of Radical Acceptance- Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (Bantam, 2003,) and True Refuge- Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013.)
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Transcendental Meditation

with Bob Roth
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Bobby Roth is an educator, author, and meditation teacher for nearly 40 years. He serves as vice president of the David Lynch Foundation and works closely with David Lynch establishing and overseeing Foundation-sponsored Transcendental Meditation programs in schools, colleges, and universities; American Indian reservations (for tribe members who suffer from diabetes); prisons and rehab centers; and homeless shelters, as well as programs for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Bobby loves to travel for the Foundation, cares a bit too much (to his continued dismay) about the fate of the San Francisco Giants, and is mildly famous for baking during the cold winter months sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls for unsuspecting family and friends.
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Loving Kindness Meditation

with Trudy Goodman
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Trudy Goodman is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of InsightLA. She has trained in both meditation and psychotherapy and her teaching embraces both secular mindfulness and Buddhist practice.
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Fearlessness + Freedom from Meditation

with Terri Cole
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Terri Cole, founder of Live Fearless and Free, is a licensed psychotherapist and an expert in transforming fear into freedom. Terri has spent the last two decades empowering companies, celebrities, professional athletes, Broadway performers, supermodels and individuals across the globe to Live Fearless and Free. This program combines harnessing the power of intention, practical psychology, and thought innovation to create sustainable change and grew out of Terri's work and research as a psychotherapist and her personal experience, or as she calls it, her "PhD in Fear."
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Working with Discomfort

with Ron Siegel
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Ronald Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind–body treatment.
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The Power of Intentions

with Mallika Chopra
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Mallika Chopra is a businesswoman and author of the books, 100 Promises to My Baby and 100 Questions from Her Child. She is also the founder and CEO of Intent.com, a lifestyle dotcom.
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Art of Attention

with Elena Brower
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Mama, founder and co-owner of VIRAYOGA in New York City, Elena in internationally acknowledged for her potent teaching and coaching, offering her students ways to approach our world with realistic reverence and gratitude.

She brings practical, day-to-day relevance to the practice of yoga. Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues; pure empowerment for your body, mind and heart.

Author of Art of Attention, and coach for the Handel Group, Elena's been featured in Yoga Journal, the New York Times and Origin Magazine. Elena Brower is the founder and co-owner of VIRAYOGA and co-author of Art of Attention. Her yoga classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues.
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Wise Mind. Open Mind.

with Ron Alexander
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Ronald Alexander Ph.D., a psychotherapist, leadership coach and international teacher, is the author of the widely acclaimed book Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change and two meditation CDs that provide practical and innovative applications to help one through today’s challenging times. He is the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training Institute, a leading edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and mindfulness. Through his unique techniques of combining the ancient wisdom of mindfulness with positive psychology and creative thinking Ronald Alexander has helped thousands learn how to open their mind and heart to transform any challenge and ignite their inner passions.
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The Buddha's Brain

with Rick Hanson
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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books includeHardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of theWellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers.
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Acceptance & Meditation

with Christine Hassler
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Christine Hassler is a former Hollywood agent and achievement addict turned best-selling author, life coach and speaker known for offering radical reflection with practical direction. She teaches people how to overcome their Expectation Hangovers® and answer the questions: who am I, what do I want and how do I get it.
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Meditation for Addiction

with Tommy Rosen
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Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher, addiction recovery expert and one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of yoga and recovery. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga.
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Open Eye Meditation

with Ariel Spilsbury
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Ariel Spilsbury is a spiritual & intuitive counselor. She devoted her life to the conscious awakening of all beings and is a cheerleader for consciousness, ceremonialist and consciousness initiator.
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Kabbalah + Meditation

with Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf
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Laibl is a lawyer, psychologist and a Hassidic Rabbi ordained by the Chief Rabbi of Israel. He is the celebrated author of the Random House published best seller 'Practical Kabbala' and an internationally renowned lecturer and mentor. He has pioneered meditative training to habituate mind and emotion patterns, and was sought out by the Dalai Lama to explain personally the secret of Jewish survival. He is the foundation lecturer in Jewish spirituality at Melbourne University, Australia and produced various training programs on his web site www.spiritgrow.org.
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Money Meditations

with Kate Northrup
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Kate Northrup is a professional freedom seeker and creative entrepreneur, dancer, yogini and a bookaholic. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and teaches women to be financially free.
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Let Go Meditation

with Sharon Gannon
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Sharon Gannon has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 30 years. She is the co-creator with David Life of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyamdas, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. She has produced numerous yoga and meditation-related DVDs and is a musician and author of several books, including "Jivamukti Yoga", "The Art of Yoga", "Yoga Assists", "Cats and Dogs are People Too!", "Yoga and Vegetarianism" and "Simple recipes for Joy, a vegan cookbook". She writes a monthly essay dealing with spiritual issues called the Focus of the Month, which can be read at: www.jivamuktiyoga.com
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The 4 Elements, Astrology + Meditation

with Debra Silverman
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Debra S. Silverman, M.A. is a very experienced astrologer and has developed a unique psychological-spiritual model for self help based on the four elements, astrology, psychology and various metaphysical disciplines. For the past 37 years Debra has practiced, traveled, and lectured in New York, Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Seattle and Boulder, Colorado where she now lives. She has written for both L.A. Parent Magazine and B.C. Parent Magazine for several years. She has been a regular presenter and teacher at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Debra is a psychotherapist, teacher, and astrologer specializing in “Emotional Wisdom,” the title of her audio program, which is a package of information for all four elements. She works extensively with individuals, parents, spouses and workshops to impart astrological and emotional wisdom through a simplified language describing the qualities of Water, Air, Earth and Fire. Debra has had the pleasure of doing readings for many celebrity clients, including Sting, Madonna, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra, Arielle Ford, Trudy Styler, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Tommy Chong and others.
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Quest for the True Self

with Stephen Cope
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Stephen Cope, MSW, Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador, is the founder and former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the largest yoga research institute in the West. He is author of several best-selling books, including Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, The Wisdom of Yoga, and, most recently, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling.
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Self Love Meditation

with Jackie Dumaine
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After a leaving a successful career as a marketing and advertising executive, Jackie traveled to India where she lived in an ashram studying yoga & meditation.  This sparked her journey as a spiritual entrepreneur, launching a company that soon developed promotional partnerships with events such as Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. While in India she discovered the 10 Universal Principles of yoga philosophy which act like a blueprint for creating a life with more peace, balance and joy.  From these principles, she created The Yoga Code:  a coaching, workshop and retreat program.  It is now her mission to teach this ancient wisdom with a fresh & modern twist while helping others create a beautiful and inspired life. Jackie leads a full life as founder of The Yoga Code™ Life Coaching Program & Workshop, transformational retreat Facilitator, yoga teacher, and speaker
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Shamata Meditation + Tonglen Meditation

with Waylon Lewis
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Waylon Lewis is a “Dharma Brat,” or second generation American Buddhist. Founder of elephantjournal.com and host of the Top 10 US Green Video Series “Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis,” he’s interviewed hundreds of leading thinkers and doers. Named Treehugger’s Eco Ambassador & Changemaker, Discovery Network’s “Green Hero,” “Prominent Buddhist” by Shambhala Sun (!), Greatist’s 100 Influential People in Health & Fitness, & 5280′s Top Denver Single, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi & 365-day bicycle commuter. For more: @elephantjournal (top #green on twitter nationally two years running). Facebook.com/elephantjournal
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Meditation + The Life Visioning Process

with Dr. Michael Beckwith
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Dr. Michael Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher and facilitator of conferences and seminars on the Life Visioning ProcessTM, which he originated.  He is the author of The Answer Is You, 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, Inspirations of the Heart, and A Manifesto of Peace.

He has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Oprah Show, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You. Every Friday at 1 pm PST, thousands tune into his radio show on KPFK, Wake up – The Sound of Transformation, and his Wednesday Hay House Radio Show at Hay House Radio.com.

Your Host

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Ashley Turner

Recently named the '#2 Online Influencer for Stress Relief', Ashley Turner, MA, MFT registered intern is an innovator in self development - combining yoga, modern psychology + spirituality. A yoga instructor, mind-body psychotherapist, author and Ordained Priestess, Ashley is the creator of several best-selling yoga dvds, co-author of Aroma Yoga and co-founder of the popular digital program Live Your Truth. Love Your Life.

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