Meet Your Teachers
Rajni Tripathi, Lead Teacher & Creator
Rajni is a Mindset & Meditation educator, therapist, and executive.
For over a decade, Rajni has been helping others live awake and aware through developing mental and emotional resilience.
Through fostering individual health and self-service/self-care, she believes individuals can then show up in service to their communities.
Her education and background include consciousness studies, advanced meditation, yoga, evidence-based mindfulness, energy mechanics, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
As Founder of Thought Transformation Institute, she focuses on mindset and meditation education. She also serves as the Executive Director of Yoga Service Council, and as board member for the American Medical Women’s Association, Chicago Chapter.
Julia Rubenshtyn, Ph.D, Guest Teacher
Julia Rubinshteyn is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology 2015 from Marquette University. She completed her internship at the Denver VA and currently works in Chicago providing services to veterans who have a spinal cord injury.
Julia has been formally trained in various evidenced based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to address issues related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental heath diagnoses.
Julia has received formal training in mindfulness interventions and often uses these techniques when providing interventions to patients both individually and in a group setting.
Megan Portnoy, Guest Teacher
Megan has dedicated her life and work to the pursuit of resilience and authenticity. Exploration of her varied interests has led to work as a political consultant in Washington D.C., many years as a yoga teacher, a small business owner and community builder, and a public relations director for an NYT best-selling author.
She has made a career of pursuing curiosity wherever it takes her. Now she's aiming her efforts at teaching others how to do the same. Through meditation, stoic practice, exploration of consciousness, movement, and self-inquiry, Megan shows people how to connect with their why and go after it with knowledge, courage, and enthusiasm.
Kirsten Higgins M.Ed, C-IAYT, Guest Teacher
Kirsten is internationally certified in yoga therapy and has trained for over 800 hours in multi-level environments with diverse clientele. Her approach to health conditions encompass a yogic and holistic lens, while considering the lens of our western health-care system.
Kirsten has found her niches in working with techniques to manage stress, anxiety and depression (as well as trauma/ PTSD), yoga for chronic pain, and yoga to assist in healing a physical injury.
In Spring of 2019, she became faculty of Sundara Yoga’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT) training program for other yoga teachers on how to work with students and clients experiencing anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Kirsten also leads an Overcome Anxiety Clinic, which is open to the public, four times a year.