Anthony Dominic Chielli

A Note from Anthony

I am an energetic young man with a strong sense of purpose and an old soul.  My Buddhist uncle exposed me to meditation since I was very young. After his passing, I began to dig deeper into the practices of mindfulness and meditation.  After a semester long MBSR-based class at my alma mater, Wilkes University, I was equipped with the most recent research and techniques.

I began my teaching career as a marketing intern for a local yoga studio.  After working with my wonderful boss for some time she granted me the opportunity to start a class.  It was a very new idea in the small town I’m from, and although many had heard about meditation and mindfulness, very few people had ever experienced the value of it.  It was a fresh start for both the students and myself.  Once I got a taste of being able to share what I knew, and watch meditation help those in the same ways that it had helped me, I couldn’t get enough.  I began leading meditation sessions everywhere I could, even at parties with my friends, or with other classmates when they were stressing about tests.

My practice is simple, and that is what I think holds a lot of value.  Meditation tends to be the antitheses of what our daily lives tend to be—stressful and complicated—so the practice should be peaceful and simple.  I work mostly using meditations out of the MBSR program, since studies have shown them to generate some of the largest benefits.  I try to also pull from works of the great teachers in the field of meditation and base a lot of my discussions on work done by Chogyam Trungpa, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Pema Chodron, some of the people who inspired me most.

The ultimate goal of my work is to not only show people how to meditate but explain why and how it works. I combine practice with intellectual value, as well as the neuroscience behind all of it.  I want people to leave my class feeling good, with something to think about, and information to share.