Dr. Neera Malhotra's meditation practice began very early in life at the age of 12, when she was given a mantra (an empowering word/s or a statement that is recited internally) by her mother's mentor to connect with, as a healing process. This sparked a rich journey through many different meditation styles and traditions from the Hindu, Sufi, Taoist, Vipassana and finally, Sikhism. After realizing the transformative power of the meditation practice in her own life, Neera offered mindfulness/meditation practice for her students (K-12) who experienced intellectual disabilities.
At present, she weaves contemplative practices within her academic classes for college students and university instructors. Neera's mindfulness practice focuses on the liberation of the mind and uprooting internalized oppression to heal from trauma associated with racism, ableism, sexism and so on. She believes in reclaiming joy, laughter, and fostering a deeper connection with the inner child through self- nurturing practices.
She has a doctorate in Education, and is currently studying Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr. Bonnie Badenoch. In the day time, she teaches at Portland State University and focuses on intersectional topics such as identity, trauma, meditation, and social justice. She also weaves in many other contemplative forms of mindfulness including nature walks, writing, theater games, and dance. In addition, she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and at present in training for 500-hour advanced level training in Kundalini Yoga and meditation.
One of her favorite quotes: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” The Dali Lama
Classes With Neera
9 - 10am
(Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 29)