Have you started practicing mindfulness and meditation, but want more guidance and support? Maybe you’ve been practicing for a while and would like to deepen your practice? Or, you’re interested in incorporating mindfulness practices in your professional life and support your team and/or students in developing mindfulness practices?
If this sounds like you then this coaching session is perfect for you. Whether you're new to mindfulness, been practicing meditation for a while, or are having challenges with the practice and need additional support I can provide you with the personalized support you need to develop, deepen, and share your practice.
The session will start with a brief conversation, followed by a guided meditation, and then an in depth discussion about your experience, concerns, and challenges about your practice. This one-on-one experience is a great way to go deeper into your practice and have the personalized support you deserve.
Note: Coaching does utilize some of the same tools as therapy, however it is NOT therapy nor should it be used as a replacement for such.
Hi, I’m Dr. Paula Cristina Azevedo
I’m an experienced teacher educator, mentor, certified mindfulness teacher and yoga instructor. I was a high school history teacher and currently teach pre-service teachers at George Mason University. I believe that working with children and teens should bring joy, curiosity, and passion for both the adult and child. Sadly, this is not always the case due to many external and internal pressures and stresses that impede our work of supporting, teaching and raising children. That’s why I created The Meditating Teacher where I support parents, educators, counselors, and school leaders interested in incorporating mindfulness into their teaching and/or parenting practices. However, mindfulness isn’t a set of strategies or tricks that can be imposed on young people. I believe that mindfulness starts with you.
Dr. Azevedo has been an exemplary figure since day one of my journey in the field of education. Through her guidance I have better understood my teaching as an art form and a vocation.
As a mentor she has been present, kind, and unafraid to speak uncomfortable truths that gave me perspective when I needed it most.
In her teaching, I witnessed her message of mindfulness gently ease its way into the pedagogy of my cohort - even the most resistant or worried!
Dr. Azevedo’s teaching was the best introduction to the field that I could have asked for. It keeps me continually aware of my personal purpose in the classroom and never fails to renew me when I get lost in the stressors, trials, and tribulations of the school day.
- Alexander Abdelwahed, Special Education Teacher
What can you expect during a coaching session?
How is your mindfulness practice? What’s going on in your life that you think I should be aware of?
Brief grounding meditation or breathing exercise that is intended to set an intention and focus our session together.
This is a time for you to ask questions about your practice or about something in your life that you’re working to be more mindful of.
You’ll learn and deepen mindfulness techniques that meet your needs and the demands of your life.
Based on the intake form and our conversation I’ll guide you through meditation
After the meditation I’ll guide you through a reflection about the guided practice.
Together we’ll develop a plan that can guide you through your practice and help you integrate the information from the session.
I'll check-in and follow up with an email.
Continue Your Practice
See the fruits of your practice unveil itself in your life.
"If there was ever a mentor to dispel the common phrase, 'those who can’t do, teach,' it’s Paula Cristina Azevedo. In fact, her experiences emboldened me to trust her after an engaging lecture that kicked off my graduate academic career. From that moment on, if Paula was teaching a course, my name was on her roster. Paula is, undoubtedly, the epitome of leadership and mindfulness. This is evidence by the way she gives herself space to identify and acknowledge how her thoughts, emotions, and actions intertwine to create the current moment. This way, she is able to appreciate the present and better address how she can help any student who crosses her path, whether now or in years to come. As someone who was ignorant to the power of being mindful, Paula has enlightened me to ground myself more than I ever thought possible. With her patience and expertise, my personal practice has started to blossom as she consistently encourages me to understand the interaction between my mind and body through her guided meditations and reflections. To learn from Paula is to learn peace - both within yourself and the world surrounding you."
- Rebecca F. Sponga, Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if mindful coaching is right for me?
If you're not sure one-on-one mindful coaching is right for you, no worries. You can schedule a no-obligations, 20 minute introductory call with me. In this call you’ll learn a bit more about how mindfulness coaching works and discuss what kind of support you would like to receive. In this call you can decide if I'm the right coach and if coaching is right for you. You can book your introductory call HERE.
Can I get a refund if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Due to the nature of coaching sessions and the preparation prior to each session there is a no refund policy if the client chooses to cancel a session. Please see policies and agreement form for more information.
How do I schedule my appointment?
After purchasing your coaching session you'll be able to directly schedule your coaching session.
Can I purchase more coaching sessions?
Absolutely! Check out my other coaching services below.
"When I reflect upon the development of my teaching practices, I consider the foundations provided by Paula to expand beyond Merriam-Webster’s definition of a teacher as “one whose occupation is to instruct.” Paula encourages teachers to not shy away from the difficult and complex topics in content areas and the social-emotional well-being of students, because all students could learn with the proper strategies and scaffolding in place. But to also reflect and challenge their own views about the world and their place in it as teachers of the future generations. Paula is a true Mentor because she is “a trusted …guide”. Teachers trust Paula’s methods because she first challenges her own beliefs and practices against the current evidence-based data to “lead or direct” by modeling best practices. As I consult with Paula about challenges that I encounter, I feel secure and trust that her advice is based upon her concern for my well-being and those of my students."
- Amber, Secondary Social Sciences Teacher