Meditation|Art|Yoga|Science: Stress Reduction And Creativity

Meditation|Art|Yoga|Science: Stress Reduction And Creativity

5.0 (2)
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1 years in business

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I've been teaching meditation for about 6 years now, from Zen mindfulness meditation to Kundalini Yoga meditations which pinpoint stress and anxiety by giving one a bigger sense of perspective and awareness of self. In workshops I combine meditation, art, yoga, and science as an extension of my own personal practice as an artist, to spark a path of intuition and inspiration in others. We do collage, drawing, painting, and in more advanced workshops integrate electrical circuits into artworks. 

I’m a practicing visual artist and yogi who grew up in the Colorado countryside, learning to meditate at an early age. When I moved to LA in 2013, stress related health concerns led me to begin practicing Kundalini Yoga. This transformational practice, which integrates movement, breath work, meditation and mantra, has become a guiding keel in my life, allowing me to handle stress with greater gracefulness, bringing clear perspective, and opening me to truly appreciate the blessings of every day. I trained to be a yoga instructor with the master teacher Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa in the Philippines in 2017 and have been teaching ever since. It's a pleasure to be sharing the teachings that have brought so much health and joy to my life, and integrating them into my practice as an artist and educator.

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Los Angeles, CA 90026
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5.0

  • Pilar Tena

    Mick's approach to wellness and expansion of being was extremely open, warm, and effective. He conducts his practice with an awareness of his participants needs. Also ensuring a positive learning space where both the body and mind could feel at ease and full of potential creative energy. He provided helpful visual instruction while practicing and offered ways to modify particular exercises dependent on an individual's ability. I especially loved his use of incorporating drawing into the framework post practice as a form of reflection. As an artist myself, visualizing how I felt afterwards by using this very direct primal mark making was quite illuminating. It provided a breathing document of where I was and where I could go. I saw how much more free I was from previous tensions and associations. I had become deeply relaxed both of mind, body and spirit. Reenergized.

  • Nathan

    I've taken a number of classes with Mick. He's a very intuitive, kind, and thorough teacher who turns seemingly esoteric concepts into approachable wisdom for everyday life. I sat with him during a very challenging moment in my life; he guided me through it and imparted techniques that are sustainable to this day. Highly recommend!



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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In private classes, I check in with the student and ask them why they have come to learn more about meditation, art, yoga and science. What life challenges and goals do they have for which they would like these yogic and creativity boosting tools? 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Yoga Instructor Certificate, Kundalini Research Institute (220 hr training), 2018

MFA in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute, 2011

BA in Studio Art from The Colorado College, 2004


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$22 per student for group classes of 5 or more students

$33 per student for group classes of 2 to 4 students

$55 per student for individual lessons

For a series of classes we can negotiate packet prices with a reduced price as well. 


How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching art and science collaborations since 2010, as a teaching assistant in graduate school for courses on Art and Ecology that took students to Mexico City to propose projects related to the waste and pollution issues in major urban centers. 

Every summer since 2014 I have also been an instructor for the UCLA Sci|Art Lab+Studio, where I join a stellar group of instructors in teaching high school students about the extensive world of science and art collaborations, focused especially on nanotechnology and media art.

As a Yogi, I began training to be a teacher after attending a gathering of Kundalini Yogis in New Mexico, when I felt deeply connected with all people, all plants and animals, and the whole universe. I realized that I wanted to share the technology of Kundalini Yoga, to help people like I had been helped, to drop the shakles of stress, to heal, and to find deeper connectedness and purpose in life. 


What types of students have you worked with?

Young professionals (especially creatives)

Elders (dealing with thyroid issues)

Elementary age kids


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When on an artist residency at the largest Glacier in the Swiss Alps in 2017, there were some tensions between some of the artists and some of them were feeling very restless and homesick. I proposed to teach a yoga class, and some of the artists gathered for this class in our alpine cabin perched on a cliff 200 meters above the surface of the Aletsch Glacier. The artists came out of the class feeling much calmer and joyous, ready to help each other more through the isolating and sometimes dangerous creative work we were doing on the glacier (photography, sample collection, ice sculptures and performances).