Marina’s journey of mindfulness began when she became a student and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication in 2007. She slowly incorporated yoga, then mindfulness meditation, and then self compassion practices. Mindfulness has been the foundational practice for Marina in cultivating the awareness that leads to more self-connection, and to a deeper knowing of what matters in any given situation. During times of struggle, self compassion has taught her how to replace the self critical voice with a much gentler and kinder voice.
Marina runs the Wellness Center at Saratoga High School. She coordinates offerings in the Wellness Center such as inviting community members to share yoga; and hold offerings such as mindfulness practice groups and talking circles during Tutorial. Marina also work with students 1-on-1 in helping them access stability and calm, while supporting her students in exploring and identifying strategies to be with and to ease the daily stresses of school and family life. Marina also facilitates Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self Compassion Program for Teens as an after school offering.
In her larger community, Marina gives mindfulness workshops to parents and therapists to support them in incorporating mindfulness into their personal and professional lives. She is also a Volunteer Mediator with the Santa Clara County’s Office of Human Relations. Here, she supports parties in conflict to see each other viewpoints while helping them identify new behaviors that will decrease conflict.