The Team

United States

Erica Posniak

MBSR Teacher
New York

Slovenia

Eva Jeretin

MBSR Teacher
Ljubljana

Singapore

Mabel Yap

MBSR Teacher
Singapore

Japan

Yuta Mizuno

MBSR Teacher
Osaka

United States

Erica Posniak

MBSR Teacher
New York

Erica Posniak is a physician with an interest in wellness. She is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher who writes about mindfulness, gives workshops and offers 8 week MBSR programs to individuals, organizations and the medical community.

Erica has trained extensively in MBSR at both the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and at the Mindfulness Center, Brown University, School of Public Health with Lynn Korbel, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Jon Aaron and Jud Brewer.

Her journey with mindfulness began over 10 years ago. She found the practice of mindfulness to be healing and personally transformative. Through this practice, Erica came to understand that so much of health and wellness is related to our state of mind. After a long career practicing and teaching medicine, she felt committed to share this important evidence based practice and decided to become an MBSR teacher.

Erica’s passion for teaching MBSR continues to grow. She believes that now more than ever as we face this pandemic, people around the world need a mindfulness practice to support themselves during this stressful time.

Slovenia

Eva Jeretin

MBSR Teacher
Ljubljana

Eva has been practicing mindfulness since 2011 when she completed a 8-week MBSR in-house training led by Slovenian teacher Rober Križaj. After having this transformative and healing experience that changed her life for the better she was inspired to study to become a MBSR teacher. Coming from an educational background she started her teacher’s journey with Mindful Schools (USA) as she is interested in bringing mindfulness practices to the educational system.

Eva completed Foundations of Mindfulness led by Florence Meleo-Meyer and Zayda Vallejo and Teachers Advanced Intensive led by Lynn Koelber, Jaob Piet and Eric Lopez Maya at Brown Center for Mindfulness (USA) where she obtained the title MBSR teacher and is approved to teach the whole 8-week MBSR course.

She is particularly interested in offering trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices to communities and individuals affected by trauma.

In addition to attending silent retreats led by Mellisa Blacker and Chris Cullen among others she is also a practitioner of Insight Dialogue meditation.

At University in Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts she majored in English Language and Literature and Comparative literature. She has taught in secondary school and adult education and currently works as a freelance translator.

Eva deeply believes that MBSR has the power to transform lives for the better and

»That we all need more kindness. Kindness towards ourselves and one another. Even if just for one breath at a time.«

Singapore

Mabel Yap

MBSR Teacher
Singapore

Mabel lives in Singapore and is trained as a medical doctor and public health specialist. She started mindfulness practice around 2010 after a health crisis, and experienced the benefits of a regular practice physically and mentally. Subsequently, during a leadership training at INSEAD, she also witnessed how mindfulness could improve leadership and management skills.

She decided to undergo MBSR teacher’s training to bring mindfulness practice to healthcare professionals to help improve resilience and prevent burnout. She took an 8-week online MBSR with Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer, before going on to train as a MBSR teacher in 2019 with Florence and Zadya Vallejo (Foundations of Mindfulness), and Lynn Koerbel, Jacob Piet and Eric Lopez (Teachers Advancement Intensive), in addition to attending silent retreats by Éowyn Ahlstrom and various other teachers. She conducts MBSR workshops for medical students, healthcare professionals and the public.

She is excited about being part of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative, to bring mindfulness along with her fellow MBSR teachers to a wider, international community.

Japan

Yuta Mizuno

MBSR Teacher
Osaka

Yuta Mizuno is eligible to teach the full 8-week MBSR Program, authorized by the Mindfulness Center, Brown University School of Public Health, the United States.

He completed MBSR Teacher Advancement Intensive training led by Lynn Koerbel, Jacob Piet and Eric López Maya, as well as MBSR Foundations led by Florence Meleo-Meyer and Zayda Vallejo, offered by the Mindfulness Center at Brown.

He also completed MBSR 8-week program led by Yasushi Ito and Kazumi Yamamoto of MBSR Study Group at Kansai Medical University, Japan.

Yuta originally was engaged in marketing at Sharp corporation, a global electronics manufacturer, and trade negotiation at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japanese government. After that, he has been in charge of marketing for SymEnergy, an energy venture company in Japan.

In course of his career, he got interested in Zen and mindfulness, influenced by a story of Steve Jobs who practiced Zen. After Zazen practice in temples and mindfulness practice in Buddhism community, he met and started learning MBSR. In 2020, he founded Be Mindful limited liability company in Japan.

bemindful.co.jp

In parallel, Yuta studies and practices mindfulness of Buddhism such as participation in Vipassana meditation 10-day course. Also, he operates Thich Nhat Hanh’s lay community in Osaka, Japan.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Kobe University. Bachelor of Laws from Kyoto University.