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. He studied neuroscience at the Center For Healthy Minds and trained with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts medical school. He has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and corporate settings as well as to adolescents, seniors, leaders, teachers, veterans, and health professionals in the US.


Ryan guides classes and courses at the Pause studio and facilitates trainings and mindful leadership programs for corporations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and hospitals across the US.

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Rena is co-founder of Pause, inspiring individuals and business leaders to live more present, compassionate and fulfilling lives. She brings 11 years of personal practice, a degree in business, and professional mindfulness training through the UMASS Medical School to her work as a mindfulness coach.


Rena currently teaches weekly classes and workshops at the Pause studio, works as a Mindset Instructor at Nike, and facilitates trainings for organizations across the US. She is humbled to be a part of the modern mindfulness movement and finds great hope in sharing this journey with others.

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Sam is a mindfulness instructor and health and wellness coach who has been engaged in the ancestral health and mindfulness communities for a decade. After working for companies large and small, for-profit and non-profit, Sam became driven to combine his drive for service with his passion for self-improvement. Sam’s mission is to support thriving in a modern world mismatched with our evolutionary heritage.


Sam is the founder of New Origins Coaching, where he works with individuals, small groups and organizations using this combination of mindfulness and ancestral wisdom. Sam is a certified Primal Health Coach and has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week course. He recently did his first 7-day meditation retreat under the guidance of Insight Meditation Society teachers. Sam can be found participating in several Theravada Buddhist groups around Portland.

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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. 

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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 mindfulness coach and 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, and his teaching often draws upon his studies of Somatic Psychotherapy, Zen Buddhism, Classical Yoga, real life relationships 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.


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Meditation Instructor & Coach


Amanda is a mindfulness based coach and workplace wellness consultant. She is a certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West, a certified yoga instructor trained at YogaWorks Los Angeles, and has her BFA and business minor from Alonzo King, LINES Ballet. Amanda cultivated her understanding of focus and self-discipline in her 10 year career as a professional ballerina. She brings a deep awareness of movement, somatics, presence and the physical body to her work.  


Amanda believes strongly in the power of change through gathering with community, which prompted her co-founding of We Myndful, a community mindfulness organization. With more than a decade of teaching experience, Amanda loves working with people. Her in-person and online workplace wellness offerings bring meditation, mindfulness, yoga and stress relief practices to where they're needed most- demanding workplaces. Her specialty is one-on-one coaching work with individual clients. She helps professionals cultivate better relationships with employees, co-workers, clients and themselves.

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Mindfulness Based Coach


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.

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