April 29, 2023

An all-encompassing event with workshops and exhibitors focused on Mind-Body-Spirit







We will donate 10% of The Mindfulness Expo profits to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County! To learn more about the organization, click on the photo.

Mindfulness Expo Welcome Speech


Michelle Zarrin

Michelle Zarrin is the founder of The Mindfulness Expo. She is an inspirational speaker, meditation teacher and mindfulness guide. Her meditations have received more than 1.5 million plays worldwide, on Podcast and the Insight Timer app. Michelle is the author of “From My Heart to Yours: Based on a True Story.” She has also been featured in Forbes, Bustle and LAist.com. To receive free bi-weekly spiritual teachings, sign up via MichelleZarrin.com.

Luisa Fernanda Gualy Garcia

Luisa is a passionate educator who has dedicated her life to helping people reach their true potential through wellness and broader horizons. For the past decade she has worked as a yoga and meditation instructor, a dance instructor, and as a university professor in international politics and economics. She graduated with a Masters in Latin American Political Studies at the National University of Colombia in 2015 and co-founded Alter-Yoga, an online community for yoga and health, where she hosted video yoga lessons in Spanish.
Currently Luisa leads her own Spanish-speaking online coaching practice where she helps visionary, brilliant and brave women around the world achieve success on their own terms wherever they are, reinventing themselves from love, fluidity and enjoyment. Additionally, she works as a Program Coordinator in Housing Corporation of America where coordinates, promotes, and directly instructs both on-site and online classes for residents of all ages and abilities. These classes touch on various areas of expertise, including yoga, meditation and dance.

Ajita Patel

Ajita Patel is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Prana Reiki Master and founder of the Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine which offers certification courses in meditation, pranayam, prana reiki , ayurvedic body therapies and Ayurveda lifestyle consulting and ayurvedic nutrition. She has been teaching pranayam and meditation daily online for over 4 years. She is passionate about spreading Vedic knowledge through teaching and writing.

Shaman Isabella Stoloff

I began my Shaman path in 2006 and since that time have been assisting my clients in creating a high vibrational life for themselves and their families. As an empath, I understand what it means to be sensitive to the energy around me. Using a variety of ancient healing techniques from the Andes mountains and Amazon jungle, I am able to help you let go of the past so you can learn to trust your intuition and follow your path. Chakra balancing, Soul retrieval along with spiritual mentoring as well as house blessings and ceremonies are included in my healing work. Guiding my clients on spiritual journeys/tours to connect with the Chakras associated with the planet brings me much joy. I look forward to assisting you in growing your spiritually, and feeling confident in your being.
“I humbly understand that spirit works through me to assist you in remembering your light. I find that assisting others in raising their vibration is key to the evolution of the planet. I am grateful for all of my experiences and enjoy teaching others to do the same. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrational words we have.”
~Shaman Isabella
TESTIMONY FROM AN ATTENDEE OF ISABELLA'S WORKSHOP AT THE SEPT 2022 EVENT: I enjoyed your workshop yesterday tremendously, thank you so very much for taking time out of your schedule to share with us. And thank you for listening to your Guides and changing up the agenda a bit, LOL, I got so much out of your session, I just didn't want it to end, I was hanging on your every word. I'm looking forward to meeting with you again soon. In the meantime, I'll be using the beautiful deck of cards I was able to purchase from you. Oh, and PS..... I think last night I slept the best I have in over 20 years. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! 🌹

Christina McMahon and Darrin Kagele

Christina McMahon, Ph.D., is a love coach and certified somatic counselor. Over the past six years, she has helped hundreds of conscious singles remove inner barriers to love and step into the love life they desire and deserve. She is one of the leading love relationship teachers on the Insight Timer meditation app, where her meditations and audio courses have received nearly a million plays. For over a decade, Christina was a professor at UC-Santa Barbara, where she led quarterly mindfulness meditation classes at the Women's Center. She is also a contributor to Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.
Darrin Kagele is a California Board licensed psychotherapist with 9 years of extensive client experience. He holds a Master’s degree from Antioch University in clinical psychology with an academic concentration in depth and spiritual psychology. He has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, addiction treatment, and in private practice. Additionally, Darrin brings his lifetime personal practice and teaching background in meditation to his mindfulness-based interventions, helping clients positively transform their lives.

Gerard Vargas

The curriculum’s designer and professional development director, Gerard Javier Vargas, has extensive experience and expertise in curriculum design, teacher training, instructional coaching, Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL), and cognitive neuroscience. Gerard taught high school science for 12 years at Animo Leadership Charter High School, leading staff professional development and helping it become the 7th best high school in California according to the 2019 US News and World Report. Gerard was a teacher leader for 10+ years at various levels (grade level leader, science department chair, and district-wide science professional development lead).
Gerard is also an adjunct clinical faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, teaching science methods and brain-based teaching to educators in the graduate school of education. Gerard was instrumental in the development of Loyola Marymount’s CMAST program, where he developed new brain-based teaching approaches that led to high student achievement and engagement. (His students’ science test scores were the highest in the Green Dot Public Schools district for 6 consecutive years). In 2009 he received the national teacher of the year award by the prestigious Sigma Xi association, a scientific research honors society of Nobel Prize Laureates, including Albert Einstein. The CMAST program is a top-notch professional development program that has resulted in high levels of student achievement at all grade levels in Math and Science around the nation.
After teaching, Gerard was a science curriculum specialist for five years at Green Dot Public Schools where he led district-wide science teacher professional development, NGSS curriculum writing, and instructional coaching for middle and high school math and science teachers. Gerard gives guest lectures and workshops at various education conferences around the nation, inspiring the integration of brain-based teaching, literacy strategies, and SEL methods to improve Common Core and NGSS results (CSTA, NSTA, GLATSA, etc). He continues to consult various school districts in instructional professional development, SEL implementation, and school culture improvement. He is trained and certified in a range of teaching approaches including Thinking MapsTM, Reading Apprenticeship (RA), Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), Brain-Based Teaching (CMAST), NGSS and Common Core, SEL instruction, and other methods that improve student academic achievement and mental health. We continually seek teacher and student feedback through focus groups, surveys, pilot lessons, and teacher interviews in order to continually improve the student experience and SEL outcomes for schools.

Christine Fogarty-Hollon
* Also Teaching a Yoga Class *

Life & Empowerment Coach | Holistic Health Practitioner | Reiki Master Teacher | E-RYT 500 Yoga Trainer
“Believing that everyone has the capacity to live an enlightened life, my mission is to create an environment, a space in both the physical and metaphysical sense, where healing of the mind, body, and spirit can take place.”
- Christine Fogarty-Hollon
Christine Fogarty-Hollon is the Founder and Director of FreedOhm Wellness. She has over 15 years of experience as a licensed Holistic Health Practitioner, Life and Empowerment Coach, Expert Yoga Trainer, Meditation and Breathwork Facilitator and Reiki Master Teacher.

Violet Mileva

Violet here, and I'm honored to share what has been unique on my journey. I am a beauty professional by trade and passion armed with a Masters Degree in Human Science. From working with terminally-ill kids in the beauty parlor, to helping thousands of men and women discover their greatest power, that is my greatest gift I can offer each and every person that crosses my path.

Sabrina Hinkis

I am a biochemist-turned Nutrition Scientist with over 13 years’ experience in nutrition consulting. I am passionate about using science-driven, holistic methods to achieve wellbeing at all stages of life. My specialties include functional medicine, diabetes management and reversal, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, autoimmune disease, weight loss, and stress reduction.
As a former pharmaceutical scientist, I know that pills can only take a person so far—the key to true health is the food you put into your body. And as a mother of four, I know that the most effective path to holistic wellness is an intuitive diet that fits your schedule, culture, and lifestyle. My methods have proven themselves time and again, and I am excited to guide you on your journey toward health and vitality.
I have a bachelor in biochemistry worked in pharmaceutical industry and then in genetic research. In 2008 I did my masters in human nutrition and since then I have been consulting clients on nutrition and lifestyle. In 2014 I started learning Functional Medicine. Our body is programed to heal it-self if we only give it the right conditions.

Riley Kern

Riley Kern is a husband, daddy, idealist, outdoor enthusiast, and meditator. A former minister, he has experienced a great deal of change in his beliefs and worldview and has found a great deal of peace and stability in his meditation practice. He and his wife, Laurel, are attorneys and owner of a law firm Oklahoma called Tallgrass Estate Planning. He recently founded Trek Mala after searching for meditation tools built for hiking, camping, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. When he could find what he was looking for, he decided to create it himself. Trek Mala is a meditation tool made of rugged materials designed to support an adventurous meditation practice.

Yoga Instructors

Christine Fogarty-Hollon
*Also teaching a workshop*

Life & Empowerment Coach | Holistic Health Practitioner | Reiki Master Teacher | E-RYT 500 Yoga Trainer
“Believing that everyone has the capacity to live an enlightened life, my mission is to create an environment, a space in both the physical and metaphysical sense, where healing of the mind, body, and spirit can take place.”
- Christine Fogarty-Hollon
Christine Fogarty-Hollon is the Founder and Director of FreedOhm Wellness. She has over 15 years of experience as a licensed Holistic Health Practitioner, Life and Empowerment Coach, Expert Yoga Trainer, Meditation and Breathwork Facilitator and Reiki Master Teacher.

Mona Ness and Bob Incitti

Mona is an internationally Certified Yoga Therapist and been She has been teaching yoga internationally for 17 years.
Bob is a certified Meditation Teacher with 10 + Years of Buddhist studies and practices. 5+ Years Experience in facilitating Meditation classes, groups and circles, both online and in person.

Thais Tiosi from Basil Alchemy

Thais Tiosi journey started at a very young age, growing up in Brazil, a country where people are very connected to the Earth and a lineage of healers and spiritual people.
Her deep surrender to work with her gifts happened when she was on a path to healing from an auto-immune disease. It was a blessing in disguise so she could face all her emotions that came from the pain; it made her decide to live fully in the present, and in a slower pace. In a place where she could allow all her emotions to come in and digest one at a time to find her inner wonders.
Thais Tiosi is a sound and energy practitioner, quantum healer, reiki master, and qigong practice leader. She is passionate about helping people through energy and sound frequencies to clear blockages, release emotions and help them gain clarity about their lives by tapping into their soul's purpose.
Thais is also the co-founder of Inner Wonders Soundbaths, a guided soundbath meditation app, creating a magical space for beginners and advanced meditators to discover inner peace through sound meditation.

Jillian Tuttle and Samara Thiessen

As a busy mother to 3 young children, Jillian looks to her yoga mat as a refuge from control. Her own yoga practice lead her toward a teaching career as she wanted to help others feel empowered, loved and strong in their own bodies. "I love how every time I step onto my mat, it serves & challenges my mind and my body. It isn't just a work-out, its a work-in." Jillian's teaching style is upbeat and fun while focusing on alignment and the breath.
Samara is a yoga sculpt & barre teacher who began teaching classes in her garage to now balancing a busy teaching schedule between 3 studios. Also a mother to 2 young children, Samara views her yoga practice as a mental health break. A former gymnast, she understands the importance of moving your body in a variety of ways. Her classes will benefit students looking to increase strength and muscle tone and have fun.
Jillian and Samara joined forces shortly after having pandemic babies and met teaching at the same studio. With their shared love of yoga and motherhood, they hope to create community on and off the yoga mat as they approach everyday life with intention, humor, authenticity and self love.


Dhyani Bella

Dhyani is a highly sought after Sound Healer, Yoga and Breath Work Instructor; she completed her sound training with world reknowned Shakti Sound. She also has completed Hatha yoga teacher training with Yoga NoHo in Los Angeles, where she received her RYT 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, as well as a Yin Yoga certification. Yoga is a natural fit for Dhyani, whose parents practice yoga and whose name means “one who sits in meditation.” She is also trained in "Pranayama" breathwork bringing her business into one mind, one body, one soul. Observing that her life has come full circle, Dhyani has found peace in the practice of yoga. She is also certified in Manifestation/Spiritual/Life Coaching, NLP, EFT “Tapping”, Reiki 1 and T.I.M.E techniques as well. She finds such joy and gratitude in sharing these healing modalities with others.

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