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Hello, I’m Lu! My goal is to help people unlock their authentic self to reconnect with their highest vision of who they are--and live it.

Lu Hanessian

PositionSenior Instructor
Biography
Lu is an award-winning science journalist, author, mindfulness, meditation and wellbeing educator, certified in applied positive psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and parent/family education, with extensive studies in brain science, relationships and conflict resolution, the science of trauma, resilience and positive change. A media veteran, Lu is a former NBC network anchor/host and Discovery Health Channel host, speaker. As well, she's the author of several books, including the acclaimed “Let the Baby Drive” (St. Martin’s Press) and children's book "Picnic on a Cloud." Her next two books will be published in 2018. Lu is the President of Mindful Media, LLC, RYT-200, and founder of several initiatives, including the award-winning socially conscious company WYSH Wear your spirit for humanity. As pioneering parent educator, she has been called a "visionary innovator at the forefront of conscious, mindful connection." Over the past fifteen years, she has created dynamic initiatives, courses, curricula and multi-media resources for parents, teachers, and families through Parent2ParentU.com, an international educational resource for parents. Lu's essays and articles have been published in The New York Times, USA Today, Mothering, Parenting, Fit Pregnancy and Redbook. She has been a guest on The View, CNN, NPR, FOX News, FOX5-NYC, MSNBC, the Today Show and more. For twenty years, Lu has keynoted, lectured and led workshops and psycho-educational programs across the country. She's a contributing writer for Mindful digital magazine, and her award-winning "Thrive" column Driving Lessons and cover features have been published in the Courier Post-Gannett News/USA Today Network newspaper for the last ten years.
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“Lu’s unique integrative approach to meditation draws from the interconnected sciences of the brain, body, and mind to promote a deep sense of wellbeing through restorative and energizing practices that boost self-regulation, de-fuse stress, and expand our ability to reframe, focus, attune and attend to our best lives.”

ABOUT MY CLASS

de-stress
Discover how to relax the nervous system, reduce stress, and reframe the brain’s bias to hold onto negativity. In this session, we connect mind, body and brain, through deep breathing, mindfulness and guided visual meditation, activating the relaxation response and bringing ourselves back to equilibrium.

Unwind and unpack the day with de-stress meditation that aims to attune your awareness to your senses. Focus on body functions such as breath and pulse can be cultivated to bring us back to homeostasis through the power of the mind. Drop your cortisol levels; regulate pulse and adrenals; increase your sense of calm and ease so you can enjoy the pleasures of life.

yoga nidra
Reduce accumulated stress with this deep relaxation meditation practice. Giving attention and loving kindness to each part of our body as we lie down in deep rest. We offer our gratitude and awareness to each area of our body to release tension, support healing, and strengthen immune function.

mindfulness
Attuned awareness is the first stage to cultivating a life experience of ease and contentment. The ability to fully notice our surroundings and our relationship to them is a skill that can be refined through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Reawaken to the internal and external experiences of the present moment through practices that cultivate awareness, self-regulation, and the capacity for presence.

The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of well-documented impacts, including a reduction in toxic stress, an increase in emotion regulation, and an improvement in sustained attention, focus and executive functioning.