Episode 2

What can a mindfulness educator teach us about social transformation?

Monica Rae Cortez

In this episode, we sit down with Monica Rae Cortez, first generation Filipina American, certified yoga teacher in the Bay Area, Mindfulness Teacher for Elementary Education, and founding member of the Kapwa Yoga Circle, a collective that makes yoga and holistic healing more accessible to the Filipinx community. With thoughtful intention, Monica creates and holds safe spaces to foster community and connection. She inspires us, in this conversation, with stories of how she finds resilience and passion through her own practice of one of the aspects of Wisdom-Based leadership, called contemplative care. She shares how it’s about connecting to her body and helping others connect to theirs, and she invites us into practices that allow us to fully integrate all the wisdom we carry. Monica reminds our growing community that the kind of leadership needed for our current moment is one that embodies compassion and deep empathy for the self and others.

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