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Welcome

As a widow, mother, mindfulness and compassion teacher, life and grief coach, hospice volunteer and a fellow human being, I am honored to walk with you on your path of grief. The program which I have developed is meant for equally expressing our sorrows and hopes, sparking healing and transformation, creating meaning amidst loss and moving through with what will serve you the best. I have been practicing mind training for over 30 years. I feel privileged to have received mindfulness and compassion training from some of the most leading and respected teachers. I am trauma informed and operate with sensitivity to all types of diversities.

CREDENTIALS INCLUDE:

- MA, Mindfulness Studies, with deep focus on grief, death and transformation

- Developer of Mindfulness and Compassion for Grief Program

- Developer of Mindful and Compassionate Parenting Program

- Certified Hospice Volunteer

- Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher

- Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) TT

- Certified Senior Teacher and Consultant, Corporate Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT), Potential Project

- Certified Mindfulness Educator, Mindful Schools

- Pursuing a 2-year Meditation Teacher Training with Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield

- Trained in Co-Active coaching

- Currently pursuing End-Of Life Doula Professional Certification

What I hold within me is how I intend to sincerely companion and support you. I am here due to a combination of personal experiences of loss, benefiting from the practices that supported me through my experiences of grief, my academic studies, and being with the dying and the bereaved.

My personal experiences with illness, death and grief began with the death of my only living grandparent, my maternal grand motter, when I was 9; followed by the deaths of two teenager-hood friends due to brutal murder and terminal illness, both at the age of 13. These were also the ages when I began my investigations in the nature of life, meditation and yoga. When I was 18, I experienced a very difficult and painful illness which brought me face to face with my own mortality. I was lucky to fully recover. My mother died when I was twenty-seven, my father died five years later, both due to terminal illness.

I found healing through cultivating meditative mind states, yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and martial arts (I earned second degree black belt in Uechi-Ryu karate). After losing a few more dear friends to untimely accidents and terminal illnesses, I believed that I had become all too familiar with the impermanent nature of life, accepting the continuous cycle of birth and death. To an extent, this was true.

In 2014, my vibrant husband became suddenly ill of an incurable and rare illness and died within six weeks. I spent six weeks with him in two major hospitals in two major cities, while our five-year-old son was being cared for by family most of the time.

Experiencing the grief of losing a life partner, while raising a very young grieving child, initially proved to be the hardest endeavor of my life. My saving grace, first and foremost, was our son. My second saving grace was a combination of my practices that I had cultivated for many years. These practices took a life of their own. They both helped ground me and also whisked me on a life transformation as I became fully present to my grief and also adjusted to a changed life, which some people may call a 'life turned upside down very quickly'.

These practices carried me with kindness and awareness during my grief and to a fuller life journey. Enough so that I returned back to school, getting a graduate degree in Mindfulness Studies, making significant career transitions to come to a place which feels truer to my heart and life purpose than it has ever felt before.

I am honored to walk with you on your path of grief, transformation and this new life that is laid in front you.

“Yasemin approaches her chosen work with a unique sensitivity and openness to learn and meet others at their own individual place and readiness.

Due to this, she is a gifted and genuine communicator and healer.” - AA 

- A bit more about me: MINDFUL LIVING - 

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With loving kindness,

Yasemin Yamodo-Isler (YaYa)