laura goldfarb falls
↣ CERTIFIED MEDITATION TEACHER ↢
↣ CERTIFIED MEDITATION TEACHER ↢
Hi there! 👋 I’m Laura Goldfarb Falls, a certified meditation teacher living in Los Angeles, California. My teaching style challenges popular yet misinformed beliefs (i.e. the need to sit in the lotus position or forcibly try to clear the mind) and strips away any “excess” (i.e. incense, music, yoga pants), focusing on the purity of specific meditation techniques and the sheer power of the human mind, body and breath. My goal is to give you the tools you need to sustain a strong meditation practice on your own, without the need for apps, products or meditation studio memberships. In my workshops, all that’s needed is a comfortable seat and a willingness to commit to yourself.
In 2016 I reached a breaking point with my relationship with stress. While many thought I was keeping it cool on the surface, underneath I was really struggling. I was easily irritated and overwhelmed, quick to snap at loved ones, constantly sick, and not sleeping well, if at all. A trusted friend suggested I meditate. I had “tried” to meditate in the past and was willing to try again, although extremely skeptical because I believed it didn’t “work” for me. This time around, however, I was reminded of Yoda’s wise words: “Do or do not. There is no try.”
With that in mind, I committed to a twice daily practice. To my surprise, almost immediately, I felt less stressed and anxious. I started sleeping better and even dreaming more. Gradually I felt more confident, calm, grounded and relaxed. Within just six months, I lowered my blood pressure and even cured myself of gum disease! I felt like myself again, only a much happier and healthier version.
Ever since, I’ve wanted to help others experience the positive, life-changing effects of a daily meditation practice. In 2018 I graduated from the Veda Center’s 200-Hour Meditation Teacher Training with Charlie Knoles. (I am currently continuing my education with Knoles in Vedic philosophy and advanced meditation techniques.)
For the most part, meditative experiences can be grouped into four main categories, or “types” of meditation, each with hundreds of techniques (many with long lineages that deserve our respect, and others that have been developed quite recently). These four “types” are Present Moment Awareness, Calm Focus, Energized Body & Mind, and Transcendence/Self Discovery. I am certified to teach techniques in each of these categories.
It’s important to note two things here: 1) there are hundreds if not thousands of meditation techniques in this world, and 2) meditation is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing, so the technique that your friend or partner swears by might not necessarily work as well for you. Having one-on-one time with a certified meditation teacher can help you to choose a practice that's best for you and your mind type, right now.
By bringing your attention to your breath, sensations in your body, or in the environment around you, you become non-judgmentally aware of what's happening right now in the present moment. Current experiences become more vivid, anxieties and traumas from the past begin to fade, and your ability to be mindful in every moment increases, even under pressure. Techniques taught include Anapana Breathing, Zen Breath, and Five Senses Body Scan (all of which can be viewed as the purest forms of “Mindfulness Meditation”).
By keeping yourself focused on a visualization, a chant, music, a person's voice, or even a vision of a desired future, you become effortlessly attentive to your intentions. This state is similar to a trance and is extremely useful for achieving specific goals like overcoming fears, becoming more productive, letting go of dependencies, or gaining greater compassion, acceptance and universal love. Techniques taught include Compassion & Loving-kindness, Light From The Heart, and Self Realization.
By breathing in very specific patterns through the nose or mouth, and in conjunction with body movements or mental visualization, you stimulate and balance your nervous system, leading to a feeling of flow and bliss. You feel tapped into a deeper source of energy, awake and aware of your body. You're less prone to injuries, and are able to move deeper into yoga poses. Techniques taught include Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, Kapalbhati Breathing, and Breathing To The Chakras.
By going through a cycle of repeating and letting go of mantras (simple repetitive sounds) chosen for their calming effects, you allow the mind to dip into quieter states of consciousness. The ideal outcome is to transcend the ego and intellect, and directly experience a deeper, unbounded aspect of the self which feels like it is beyond time, space, memory and thought. Techniques include the use of specific mantras based on the student’s level of experience.
Drop-In Group Classes run approximately 30-45 minutes and offer a bird's eye view of a particular meditation technique, complete with a guided practice.
2-Day or 4-Day Group Workshops typically span 5 hours total and cover 4 specific meditation techniques from the 4 main categories of meditative experience listed above (Present Moment Awareness, Calm Focus, Energized Body & Mind, Transcendence/Self Discovery). These workshops allow students to fully immerse themselves in the world of meditation and create a practice best suited for them. Occasionally, 2-Day or 4-Day Intensive Group Workshops focus on one specific technique to allow students to master it and fully explore it with guidance.
Both Drop-In Classes and Multi-Day Group Workshops are currently offered in the United States in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. Sign up for my e-mail list to be notified when these are available to book.
Private Instruction is designed for individuals who desire a more personal experience, typically in the comfort of their own homes. Private instruction is done in-person for 2 or 4 consecutive days or nights, depending on schedules, and is designed for an individual, couples, or for a group of friends and family up to 8 people. I’m available to travel anywhere in the world. Send me an email to discuss your private instruction. All prices below are in USD.
Drop-In Group Class - $30
Multi-Day Group Workshop - $300
Private Instruction, Individual - $800*
Private Instruction, Couples - $1,500*
Private Instruction, Up to 8 - $5,000*
*plus travel & accommodations, as needed
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who are economically disadvantaged. To request an application for a scholarship, please complete the form below.
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