Ayden comes from a diverse background of meditation practices. His journey began by learning Transcendental Mediation (TM) more than 12 years ago. On the third day of his new practice he realized that the connection he was always searching for is the connection within. What one can access inside cannot be found in substances, objects, or other sensual pleasures. This set him on a deep journey to nurture this relationship to his inner world. You can learn more about this particular experience in his blog - The Beatles Ashram.
Ayden eventually moved into practicing Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka after sitting his first 10-day silent mediation retreat. He then went on to practice Self-Inquiry as taught by the late Ramana Maharshi, Insight meditation and Metta (Loving Kindness) as taught by Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg.
Ayden continues to deepen his practice on silent mediation retreats with those mentioned above as well as Mooji, the monks at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Monasterey in Plum Village, and Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi aka Hugging Saint). He spent time living with Ram Dass (author of Be Here Now), serving as his personal caregiver.
Ayden has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and is a teacher of Hatha Yoga, pranayama, and a devoted practitioner of Bhatki Yoga in service of his guru Neem Karoli Baba, or Maharaji as he’s affectionately known.
Ayden is a wonderful teacher for those new to meditation. He supports clients through breathing meditation practices he learned from Kundalini yoga as well as pranayama (breath control) from the Hatha tradition. He guides clients through their own practice pointing out the common pitfalls that make the practice challenging for those at any level. Ayden reminds us that we’re not trying to stop the thoughts, as that is impossible, but rather become aware of our thoughts, our habits. He helps his clients step into the space of the witness so that the thoughts can cease control over us. And we become the audience of the play.
Ayden is available for private practice, Skype sessions, and in individual or group settings. He currently teaches weekly meditation classes to the inmates at the county jail, state prison, and to at-risk youth in residential facilities. Additionally, he teaches meditation classes online for corporate groups, businesses, and individuals.