Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein, LCSW, PhD, is a cofounding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. She has worked as a psychotherapist since 1967 and taught the first women’s studies course offered by the College of Marin. Sylvia trained as a yoga teacher with Magana Baptiste in the 1960s and taught hatha yoga for many years. She is the author of five books on Buddhism and meditation practice, including Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness is an Inside Job


  • Restoring the Mind to Kindness

    Sometimes we make the mistake of expecting ourselves to be yogis of the highest order and forget that we are human beings with human minds. We forget that the struggle with difficulty in all its forms is part of the human experience. As writer and meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein shares with us in this introduction to her book Happiness Is an Inside Job, compassion is the answer to all our problems.

  • Reflections on Resilience from a Recovering ‘Mom-aholic’

    Getting through isolation with young children can feel like trying to stay in Chair pose for too long. When you reach this point, you have two options.

  • The Interplay Between Writing and Meditation

    Meditation gives us access to our internal lives—to images, language and memory. That’s exactly what a writer needs.

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