Meet Our Team




Ryan is a licensed mental health professional and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor with over twelve years of meditation experience. He holds a masters degree of social work with a focus in mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studied neuroscience at the Center For Healthy Minds and trained with the Mindfulness Centers at Brown University School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Ryan currently guides classes and courses for the Pause studio based in Portland, Oregon, and facilitates trainings and mindful leadership programs for corporations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and hospitals worldwide.

Email Ryan



Rena is cofounder of Pause Meditation® and a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor with over fourteen years of meditation experience. She brings a degree in business, health coaching, and professional training through the Mindfulness Centers at Brown University School of Public Health and UMASS Medical School to her work as a mindfulness coach.


Rena currently guides classes and workshops for the Pause studio based in Portland, Oregon, works as a Mindset Instructor at Nike World Headquarters, and facilitates workplace mindfulness trainings for organizations. She is humbled to be a part of the modern mindfulness movement and finds great hope in sharing this journey with others.

Email Rena

Meditation Instructor 


Sam is a health & life coach and mindfulness & meditation instructor guiding individuals and groups toward lasting behavior change and a life of health, happiness, ease and simplicity. Sam combines mindfulness techniques with habit building and ancestral health principles to help people find their own version of well-being in our modern, chaotic world.


Sam is a certified Primal Health Coach, completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week course, attended several silent meditation retreats and sits with Theravadin Buddhist groups in the Portland area. In addition to teaching at Pause and private coaching, Sam is a health coach and meditation instructor at Heart Spring Health, a naturopath clinic. You can learn more about Sam at

Email Sam

Meditation Instructor


Danielle has been cultivating an intensive meditation practice for nearly a decade, culminating in 2017-2018 with a year of monastic training in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism, studying under Reb Anderson of San Francisco Zen Center and Chozen and Hogen Bays of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. She’s done over six months of accumulative silent retreat in various traditions of meditation, and privileges studying a breadth of practices so as to develop a truly interdisciplinary and flexible approach to mindfulness. She also lived in Taiwan for a year and a half where she studied Chinese Zen in the tradition of Master Sheng Yen and taught Hatha yoga at a DIY studio in Taipei.


Danielle is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology as well as a comprehensive training in the Hakomi methodology of somatic psychotherapy, body-mind awareness skills from which she is excited to incorporate into the flow of her meditation instruction. She has a passion for re-languaging ancient wisdom practices in a way that is accessible and applicable for modern folks, and takes absolute delight in seeing people come into new and deeper understanding of their mind-bodies. 

Email Danielle

Sound Healer + Meditation Instructor


Brianna has been studying East Asian medicine and qigong since 2008. She received a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Heath and Nutrition from the University of Delaware in 2013 and in 2017 she received her Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from OCOM in Portland, Oregon. While working on her Masters, she deepened her study of channel theory, herbalism, bodywork, sound healing, holographic shiatsu and qi cultivation.


Brianna is in the process of becoming a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She has been providing sound baths all over Portland as Elixir Field Wellness since April of 2018, offering soundscapes at weddings, baby showers, housewarming, ritual events, and home births. She believes in the power of community and the magic that occurs when folks gather and share their healing vibrations with the world. Brianna’s deepest purpose is to help people remember their body’s innate intelligence and knows that true healing happens when we feel safe and at ease in our bodies.

Email Brianna  

Ambassador of Mindfulness


Noel has been a member of Pause Meditation since the very beginning. He brings several years of meditation practice and is a kind-hearted advocate of mindfulness meditation. He believes that you get what you put into each moment. The more you lean into an experience with mindfulness, care and appreciation the more delightful things will follow. He is eager to connect with others and share tools to help people in any way he can.


Noel is currently a recruiter for technology and creative roles at 52 Limited where he is passionate about working with people and helping them find the next step in their career.

Email Noel

Yoga Instructor


Emily is a yoga teacher and international retreat leader with over a decade of teaching experience. Shortly after getting a degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, Emily completed her first 200 Hour vinyasa yoga certification. She found that the connection between mind and body wellbeing was what interested her most. Since then she has continued to deepen her studies with a 500 hour Prana Flow training, a 200 hour Hatha training, and master immersion courses.


Emily spends her day-to-day teaching private and public classes in Portland, Oregon. She also offers a variety of workshops and retreats throughout the year.


You can learn more about Emily at

Meditation Instructor + Coach


After graduating from Stanford University in 2015 with a BA in Comparative Literature, Maggie Medlin studied woodcarving in Oaxaca, Mexico before landing at Great Vow Zen Buddhist Monastery, where she trained for 19 months under Chozen and Hogen Bays, Roshi. She has practiced in long retreat for an accumulated 5 months, which includes a Goenka Vipassana retreat as well as a Buddhist + Indigenous Wisdom program in Peru under meditation teacher Spring Washam, and a 6-week insight meditation retreat at Spirit Rock.


Maggie is especially interested in sharing how to use mindfulness to disidentify with internal voices of self-hate and criticism and to live from conscious, compassionate awareness. She plans to train as a facilitator at the Voice Dialogue Institute and the Process Work Institute in 2021.

Email Maggie

Meditation Instructor


Brittany has had a dedicated daily meditation practice for nearly 8 years. She studied at the Chopra Center and became a certified meditation teacher 3 years ago. She has also studied with Sara Avant Stover, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra,  Roger Gabriel, and Tara Brach. She has been engaged in the wellness field for more than a decade, having studied holistic nutrition and yoga. Brittany is interested in how a meditation practice can be a catalyst in healing your relationship to food and in creating healthier habits.


Brittany spends most of her days as a holistic personal chef. You will often find her dancing in the kitchen creating delicious and nutritious foods for her clients or at the local farmer’s market. In addition to teaching meditation classes, she also teaches cooking and mindful eating workshops.

Email Brittany  

Meditation Instructor


A former Buddhist monk, David Sudar completed an intensive 21 month Vipassana meditation retreat in Myanmar with his core teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and continues to spend 1-2 months a year on silent retreat. He currently works as a meditation teacher, and regularly teaches at Nike, Yoga Teacher Training Programs, various wellness centers, and leads the Path of Sincerity Sangha.


David also holds a B.A. in Psychology, has completed a two-year training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy, and often weaves into his teaching his studies of Zen Buddhism, Classical Yoga, and over 4 years spent across 25+ countries. In both his work and personal life, his great passion is integrating ancient wisdom traditions with the realities of modern life.


Email David

Meditation and Sound Journey Guide


Andrea is an artist who expresses love through music, the cultivation of presence, movement, and the heart-hand connection. Her passion lies in the regeneration of our earth through devotional practice, and the inner-tending that she feels must be done in order to free ourselves and the planet of what binds us.


Andrea has felt a strong call to service over the last decade, and the foundational thread of this call has been, simply, to share presence. This desire has led her to focus on her inner landscapes through Shamanic ritual, Holotropic Breathwork, the embodiment of the voice, yoga and meditation, and Biodynamic Cranial Touch. Andrea teaches restorative yoga for nervous system resilience, and facilitates spiritual transformation through meditation and sound. She believes wholeheartedly in finding understanding through one’s own experience, and that the body is one of the most important messengers we have. Her intention is to support others in returning home to the ground of their being, so they can live with wonder, fulfillment, and ease.

Learn more about Andrea at

Yoga + Meditation Instructor


My name is Xochilt Hoover and I am an E-RYT 500 hour yoga instructor based in Portland, Oregon. I currently teach Yin, power yoga and guided meditations. In 2015, I decided to get my 200 hour certificate to teach yoga and by the end of 2019,  I received my 300 hour teacher training from YoYoYogi, in Portland where I studied pranayama and meditation with teacher and guides, Roger McKeever and Tori Greising.


I am passionate about mental and physical health for many reasons and I want to bring what I have had the opportunity of learning to everyone, especially those who have not had as many opportunities because of the way our system was built.  I feel that we live in a society that wants us to believe that our value is based on how much we produce and how much we have. I want students to feel empowered that they are more than that, that we each have a unique reason for being here, that everything is interconnected and that we can choose to witness the beauty of simply being human through diligent practice of yoga and mindfulness.

Email Xochilt

Qi Gong + Meditation Instructor


Christopher Miller, L.Ac. is the owner of Portland Wellness Collective and Miller Acupuncture. Chris is a highly regarded practitioner, teacher, speaker and mentor with over 15 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. He is a graduate of Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chris has a deep respect for Western-based medicine, but believes it fails to fully address the emotional and energetic responses that can result from traumatic injury and illness. His own experience with a serious illness compelled Chris to seek a holistic, integrated treatment plan, which he successfully found in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Chris’s additional studies include training at the prestigious Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China and at Liaoning Chinese Medical University in Shenyang, China, and the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, British Columbia. His experience includes internships in Fertility, Sports Injuries and masterwork in Tuina, Shiatsu, and Five Element acupuncture. He maintains Acupuncture licenses in both Oregon and California and holds multiple certifications from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Oriental Medicine and the International Institute of Medical Qigong. In addition, Chris holds a degree in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University and has worked both as an EMT and a Wilderness First Responder.

Email Chris

Self-Compassion + Meditation Instructor


Kim is a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Life Coach with over 10 years experience of leadership development and group facilitation.


In 2015, Kim discovered the gift of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-based program founded by researcher, Kristin Neff, and clinical psychologist, Christopher Germer. Already an experienced meditation practitioner, Kim began to weave these tools into her existing practice, building much needed inner resources at a particularly challenging time in her life. Realizing how effective these practices were at reducing stress and enhancing well being, in 2016, Kim trained as an MSC Teacher and now teaches the 8-week MSC program in Portland and online. She is also a Consultant at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and a Strategic Energy Management Coach at Energy 350.

Email Kim

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
It’s really one of our greatest luxuries - the empty space.
Mindful Tools for Modern Life

© 2015 - 2020 by Pause Meditation®, LLC