Biologically Mindful Teachers


Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has a background in dance, bodywork, martial arts, and yoga. For more than five decades she has been teaching a system called Mind-Body Centering (MBC). Though her approach is more movement-based than MindfulBiology, it emphasizes the same key experience: feeling into our human biology. I have benefitted from Bonnie’s body system DVD series.

Rick Hanson has done the world a service by interpreting the facts of neuroscience in light of Buddhism and psychology, resulting in a very practical system for promoting wellbeing. His work combines neurobiology with mindfulness in a way that inspired some of my early thinking about MindfulBiology. Furthermore, parts of his 2013 book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence helped me formulate what I consider the most healing idea in MindfulBiology: that we can find within our bodies the powerful and necessary feeling of being nurtured and supported.

Leslie Kaminoff, author of Yoga Anatomy (2d edition, 2011), offers instructions that deeply enhance appreciation of the relationship between structure, individual variation, and yoga practice. He also founded The Breathing Project, a non-profit dedicated to teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga. His works are good resources for those looking to practice biologically informed yoga.

Reggie Ray, is a co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the practice and dissemination of the somatic lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has written several books about body-based spirituality, including the recently published The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life. His meditations have influenced MindfulBiology™, particularly in its deeper expressions, when our bodily experience connects us to life’s power and mystery.

Barbra White is the creator of the Self-Acceptance Process™, a method of living and being that can free us from the stories, pain, and patterns that keep us trapped. Barbra has a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Ecopsychology, and she also holds a Diploma of Homeopathy. She hosts a live radio show in Detroit that reaches 60,000 listeners. Barbra believes that anyone with the courage and willingness to grow can be a healer and leader to their community. Barbra’s approach to self-acceptance is helping me improve MindfulBiology’s methods.