Innermap Founder & Mindfulness Teacher
Mitra is a curious student and passionate teacher, coach and public speaker, with over 3 decades of experience helping people of all ages and many different cultures bring mindfulness and balance to their lives.
Her work is a blend of Western corporate training and Eastern inner-based practices. The result is a unique approach offering knowledge & wisdom in a practical and empowering way.
Her clients range from everyday people seeking peace at home and work, to celebrities seeking balance, to institutions and other entities, like UCLA, Amazon, Merrill Lynch, Hugo Boss, C.A.A., Thomas Cook, The Senate of Canada, KPMG Consulting, Labatt Brewing, Christian Dior, The Capital Group, the Armand Hammer Museum, to name a few.
Working as a corporate trainer/executive coach and a mindfulness teacher/coach, Mitra blends both areas –sharing insights of mindfulness with corporate clients and introducing practical workplace tools to mindfulness students.
Beyond mindfulness and corporate consulting, Mitra has been a Human Right Commissioner in Ontario, Canada, a commentator/panelist for the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) and Omni TV, and an executive for numerous non-profit and for-profit entities.
Personally as well as professionally, she has experienced life from many angles. Mitra was forced to walk out of her country of birth –Iran –at a young age. Since then she has moved 26 times and lived on 4 continents. Her curious mind and open heart has taken her to 60 countries, and she feels both sweetly homeless, and at home everywhere. She has raised two compassionate creative young women, now adults, on her own. When she advises clients and students, there is a good chance that she has experienced the “it” that they are talking about in one shape or another.
Mitra began studying & practicing meditation and mindfulness techniques in 1985. She initially trained at the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation Center in Perth, Australia, and later received private lessons and teachings from her teacher and renowned Buddhist monk, The Venerable Dr. Vivekananda, with whom she travelled throughout Asia.
She studied Taoism in Canada, and graduated from the Sacred Path Program at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Mitra is also a graduate of UCLA’s first Mindfulness Facilitation Program, offered through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) in the School of Neuroscience/Semel Institute, where she now teaches Mindful Awareness Practices. Influencing and marinating all of the above is her lifelong love and study of the great Persian poet-philosopher, Rumi.
One special gift –and challenge –that deepened and shaped her journey so far, has been Dyslexia. Mitra learned to make sense of things/life in a different way, since she could not understand them as presented. Patterns, shapes, colors, stories...all have become her friends on the road of surviving/thriving and learning/teaching.
Born in the East, raised in the West, excited by her challenges and life’s journey, Mitra waited for the right Time, Tools and most of all Team to launch Innermap, an App that marries ancient wisdom with modern technology. Innermap aims to address the world's growing need and demand for balance between inner peace and outer accomplishment, by making secular mindfulness practices more available and accessible than ever to the global community.