Our Team

Farahana Surya Namaskar – Founder, the m+m series

Hi!  I’m Farahana Kassam, founder of the m+m series, an initiative that focuses on the practice of mindfulness and meditation.  My journey with mindfulness and meditation began during a challenging time in my life, divorce after 7 years of marriage. Mindfulness has taught me the importance of the present moment.  It has helped me let go of the resentment of the past and anxiety of the unknown future.  I learn everyday to find a space in the present moment where I can remain centered and grounded.  Check out my resources page to experience  samples of my guided meditations

I enjoy conducting guided imagery and sound healing meditations.  When I started my journey 5 years ago as a first time meditator, flowing through a guided meditation and focusing my attention on relaxing sounds brought a deep sense of healing and relaxation and also helped me focus and pay attention to the present moment.   

This work is close to my heart because my healing journey with mindfulness and meditation is my own personal testimony of the impact it has had on my life.  Over time, the journey has transitioned from pain to purpose allowing me to now share the the gifts with my clients. 

I offer my support by holding space for my clients, meeting them where they are at, and helping them recognize their own potential, to create a meaningful, loving and purposeful journey for themselves.   It’s truly a win win for all – what a gift!  

My most precious gift in my life is my 8 year old son Ilyaan, who continues to inspire me to live with a child like curiosity.  My children’s book “Doing and Being” introduces the practice of mindfulness to children through the use of their breath and 5 senses.

My pen name, Farahana Surya Namaskar meaning Happy Sun Salutation is a reminder to all beings to mindfully embrace the present moment with awareness, with intention, with gratitude and without judgment. 

To learn more about my writing journey, visit www.farahanasuryanamaskar.com

 

Kenny Kolter – Sound Healer – Tibetan Bowls, Reiki, Drum Circles

Kenny approaches a gong meditation with a subtle rhythmic quality, teasing out the vast array of tones, harmonics and shimmering nuances that reside within the instrument. The result is that these sonic, mystical characteristics provide a vehicle for quieting the mind and body. He is well known in the Chicago and DFW area where he has had a tremendous impact on the communities helping them to heal through physical, mental and emotional pain. His biggest and proudest accomplishments include his presentations at the Illinois Rehabilitation Association Conference in April 2010, the Northern Illinois Rehabilitation Nurses Association in November 2010, CancerCare Services in Fort Worth, TX, Cancer Services of America, and the Compassion Fatigue Symposium in Dallas to name just a few. He has also received media attention on WFAA as well as been featured in articles in several holistic magazines. We are so proud and honored to have Kenny on our team! For more information, please visit his website at www.gongmeditation.com.