Episode 21:

The Joy of Mindfulness Teaching and Practice

In this episode David speaks with mindfulness author, speaker, and educator Diana Winston. Diana is Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and teaches meditation worldwide. They discuss the relationship between mindfulness research and practice, the professionalisation and standardization of mindfulness teaching (and how this relates to trauma), and Diana’s advice for aspiring mindfulness teachers.

Diana Winston has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and schools in the US and Asia. She is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Women’s Health, and in a variety of magazines, books, and journals. She is the author of The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural Awareness, Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, and is the co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. She also developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide.