Free Online offering via Zoom
Monday afternoons beginning May 1st!
12pm - 12:30pm Eastern
+15 minute optional post practice discussion
How do we maintain our stability, presence, and joy on a busy Monday?
In a society where we are told to keep going and that we are never enough, it sometimes feels like we can not even catch our breath. IDPs Monday Moment offers a space for you to take a break (from work/teaching/child care) and to come exactly as you are.
Our Monday offerings are to provide a rest and respite, and to help us be present with the busyness of our lives. To be in touch with our humanity, amidst the challenges of daily life is something we can do, especially in community with others.
We invite you to join us each Monday at 12:00 pm EST. Start the week off right, cultivating community, developing a humane work culture, and claiming your true self, even during stressful moments.
Meet your facilitators!
Ayoni Jeffries (she/her)
A.yoni is an Indigenous and Jamaican-American interdisciplinary artist, mindfulness teacher, traditional herbalist and cultural organizer.
A citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, one of the eight recognized Native American tribes in North Carolina, A.yoni co-founded Handèwa Farms, an Indigenous teaching farm located on land originally stewarded by her tribe. A musical storyteller and trained vocalist rooted in ancestral traditions, A.yoni imagines a future that transcends known nomenclatures. A.yoni’s art seeks to amplify the sounds of her cultures and energetically shift her audience's consciousness through music, dance, literary works, mindfulness and holistic health practices.
Nandini Naik (she/her)
Nandini was born and raised Hindu in India. Her formal practice of mindfulness started over two decades ago with Zen meditation when she was 16 and a High School student at UWC. She had the good fortune of taking classes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama while living for months in a monastery in Dharamsala teaching Tibetan monks and refugees English. Nandini graduated from Colby College after studying Theatre & Religion and later attended NYU for a Masters in Teaching. A founding member at Emma Lazarus School for English Language Scholars, Nandini taught with the DOE in NYC for 6 years. She then worked with the Internationals Network for Public school as an instructional coach for 3 and was on their DEI committee for 2. She is honoured & delighted to be IDP’s ED; IDP has been home to her since she took her first classes there in 2009. Secretary to the Board for 6 years, Nandini also graduated from the first IDP MTT cohort of 2011 and co-taught classes & Training’s for several years.
Andrew Tomasulo (he/him)
Community Outreach Director
Andrew Tomasulo is a certified mindfulness teacher (class of 2022 IDP MTT), artist, father, and lifelong student of communication systems. He was drawn to meditation about 20 years ago, after a personal crisis led him to realize that his thinking was making him crazy (well, it still does). In 2004 he enrolled in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at the University of Pennsylvania, which began his journey. Following that, Andrew studied in the Dzogchen, Thich Nat Hanh, and Shambhala traditions. He’s also completed trainings in Non-Violent Communication, Systems Centered Trainings, and the Art of Hosting which are all designed to explore our habits, personal and collective styles of communication.