Tara Cousineau, PhD
Chief Empathy Officer
I’m a clinical psychologist, meditation teacher and recent empty nester. With two girls out of the house I’m turning my attention to nurturing this new venture with Hania. We’re a good blend of head and heart. I tend to get nerdy about the science of compassion, being a big fan of the amazing research on the benefits of cultivating compassion, empathy and mindfulness. I like to call it “kindfulness.” I even wrote a book about it: The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World (2018). I hope you read it because Chapter 11, “The Power of a Pause,” is about Hania! My background spans child and adolescent health, women’s health, mind-body medicine, and the use of innovative technologies to promote positive coping and wellbeing. I teach and practice mindfulness and self-compassion, two beacons that light my way. When it comes down to it my goal in life is to elevate kindness as an essential core value for us all and to let love lead. You can learn more about me here: www.taracousineau.com.
Hania Khuri-Trapper, ERYT 500
Chief Optimism Officer
If you have ever taken a yoga class with me, you will have heard the phrase, “You can get through anything, one breath at a time.” It’s a simple message of being present and finding resilience in a busy and often stressful world. I certainly repeat that phrase to myself as I am a graphic designer and yoga teacher, mother of two boys and I have a touring singer/songwriter husband. But with all of the demands and struggles in life, we must remember to practice kindness. Tara reminds us that kindness is “love in action”. We both share the passion of moving through the world with clear hearts so we can honor our best selves and be of service to others. It often starts with fully embodying the sacredness of being alive, treating our bodies with kindness, and showing up with love even when it’s hard or when we don’t feel like it. I know from my everyday experience of teaching yoga, and present moment awareness, that we we are all connected and need each other. You can learn more about me at YogawithHania.com.