Mindfulness, Yoga, Compassion & Inspiration
Slow + Sense & Mindfulness Training Toronto
Monica Maurin is the founder and director of Mindfulness Training Toronto, the online resource arm of slow + sense. She has taught mindfulness practices both corporately and privately since 2011, and Yogic practices since 2008. Her work includes the creation and production of various mindfulness programs and meditation CDs for children and adults, including Mindfulness for the Workday.
Monica’s background includes nursing studies and a dynamic career as a Certified Court Reporter for organizations including the Ontario Securities Commission and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Working also with a busy employment litigation team, she is familiar with the demands of the fast-paced, often stressful corporate and healthcare worlds.
“Meditation is about seeing with precision and gentleness.”
– Pema Chodron
Monica is a 700+-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga & Yoga Nidra Teacher, and a Certified Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness teacher from Kripalu in Massachusettes. She has studied with Ananda Shakti Saraswati of Sananda Yoga in Toronto, Sarah Powers of the Insight Yoga Institute in the United States, and other international mindfulness and Yoga teachers and schools. Monica has also received certification in Mindfulness Fundamentals from Mindful Schools in the USA, and completed the Power of Awareness program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, two of the world leaders in mindfulness and mindful psychology, from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Monica has also completed studies and holds a certificate in Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto. Monica’s practical application of secular mindfulness tools continues in her teacher training studies with the Unified Mindfulness progam which has been studied and implemented extensively at Harvard Medical Center.
Monica’s work is influenced by the teachings of Risa Kaparo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Kristin Neff, Joseph Goldstein, Rick Hanson, Sharon Salzberg, Eline Snel, Shinzen Young and Jon Kabat-Zinn, among others. Her passion is helping people to improve the direct experience of their lives through mindfulness meditation and Yogic practices.
Monica is the primary teacher for Mindfulness Training Toronto and slow + sense and is assisted, depending on group size and needs, by dedicated mindfulness and Yoga teachers.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls, to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
– Maya Angelou
Monica teaches public weekly classes as well as customized corporate and private club programs. Monica also offers free weekly mindfulness drop-in groups at Gilda’s Club in Toronto, a support center founded by comedian Gilda Radner, for those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Contact Monica for corporate and private group sessions for mindfulness training, compassion practices and mindful Yoga, including the powerfully stress-reducing and rejuvenating practice of Yoga Nidra.
It is with gratitude to the many teachers who have brought wisdom traditions forward, and with the intention of continuing to honour the integrity of these arts, that slow + sense and Mindfulness Training Toronto offer these practices to others.
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Monica Maurin. Her mindfulness training has given me peace and calmness in my life, which has enhanced my ability to make pivotal decisions for my business. The corporate world moves at an intense pace and taking a few moments to connect with one’s inner voice can be highly valuable for executives of all levels. What would it look like if more corporations invested in the calmness of spirit, rather than squeezing more out of their employees? I have a hunch that productivity and employee retention would be on the rise!
Executive Coach, EDGE 3
I found Monica online while searching for a meditation training program. As a yoga teacher and business owner, I am often looking for ways to deepen my knowledge and expertise. I had been introduced to mindfulness and meditation in my teacher training but knew there was so much more to learn. What followed after signing on for the Core Program was not just another yoga training, but a profound, life-altering shift in my way of being in the world. Not only did this time with Monica affect the way I transmit wisdom to my students, it has altered the way I function in all of my relationships. I had no idea how transformative my time with Monica would be. I now count Monica as one of my most influential teachers and consider her a mentor, guiding light and friend. I am forever grateful for finding her.
Monica is a wise, compassionate, knowledgeable meditation teacher. Monica’s classes are a nurturing and safe environment to learn and ask questions to build a foundation and understanding to allow you to create your own mindfulness practice. Empathetic, and highly intuitive Monica is an expert at guiding and teaching a variety of meditation practices. I highly recommend Monica’s meditation classes, it has been a life changing experience bringing my life into balance, an increased sense of well being and peace.
Having worked with Monica for several years I very much enjoy her mindfulness teachings. She has an open heart when it comes to many different techniques and does not impose just one methodology as the correct one. She clearly has years of experience and knows how to tailor the practice to each person. Her communication style is very clear and practical. I highly recommend taking Monica’s course if you get the chance.
Each week, I am more and more impressed by Monica’s depth of knowledge and her ability to share it in a way that is meaningful to both of us. She guides us through each session with grace and professionalism. After only 4 weeks, I am already more easily able to manage the never-ending daily drip of stressors and irritations, my focus at work has improved, and I feel happier. Thanks to Monica, I am spending more time actually living my life and less time worrying about it.