Hi, I’m Serena.
I am a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher through the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness, a Certified Integrative Health & Wellbeing Coach through Duke Integrative Health and I have a BA in Communications from North Carolina State University. I have also competed Trauma-Sensitive training in mindfulness and meditation at the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness.
I began yoga and meditation as a young child. My family is from India, and I was raised with a strong affinity to these modalities. I sat my first silent 10-day meditation retreat in my early 20’s in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. It was a transformational experience that ultimately led me to shift careers from non-profit management and delve deeper into mindfulness, integrative and wellbeing, and nature therapy.
I find deep purpose in the path to health, well-being, and stress reduction. I have witnessed the first-hand positive effects it has had on myself and my community. I believe that individuals hold the ultimate power in creating the lives they wish to live and by cultivating a compassionate and mindful awareness, they can utilize the best means they have to do so, themselves.
In 2020, I embarked on a new journey functioning as the Owner, Mindfulness Educator, Facilitator, and Integrative Health and Well-Being Coach at www.serenajain.com. Here I teach Mindfulness both virtually and in person on various platforms. My offerings include the renowned 8-week (MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. I also offer mindfulness programs for a variety of audiences including beginners, educators, experienced practitioners, and graduates of MBSR. In addition to teaching, I partner with individuals and groups to create and sustain habit change through mindfulness based integrative health and well-being coaching. I also deliver keynote talks on mindfulness, facilitate workplace well-being & resilience programs, and design customized mindfulness-based training programs for organizations. Additionally, I enjoy volunteering in schools to bring mindfulness to students in grades K-12.
Prior to this, I spent 13 years in a non-profit management and fundraising career where I supported several large-scale organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Drumthwacket Foundation. I am also a trained Montessori school teacher and spent three years teaching in the classroom.
When I am not at work, you can find me outdoors hiking, skiing, walking, and exploring the natural world with my children.
My mission as a mindfulness teacher / facilitator and coach is to make the world a more mindful and compassionate one by making the teachings of mindfulness, well-being and nature therapy more easily accessible for all individuals helping them to become more fully present and empowering them to envision and create the changes they want for healthier and happier lives.