Cheryl Shah

Cheryl Shah

Qualified MBSR Teacher


​Cheryl’s 20+ years of corporate experience have led her to the conclusion that there must be a better way to live and work. She has seen firsthand the negative impacts of long work hours, stress and pressure on individuals and the resulting emotional and mental pain suffered in the workplace. Her extensive work experience informs her teaching, makes her an accessible and empathetic teacher and helps her translate mindfulness into a language that is relevant and applicable to corporate life.

Cheryl first discovered meditation in college when her wandering mind caused difficulties with her studies, and she learned about mindfulness when she discovered MBSR in 2005. In 2010, she began to explore mindfulness more purposefully, taking a UCSD MBSR class, followed by the then brand new Mindful Self-Compassion program. She subsequently attended an intensive 10-day silent Vipassana retreat at the Southern California Vipassana Center in Joshua Tree in 2013, and emerged transformed from this experience. This led her to decide that she wanted to bring mindfulness to others and she is currently pursuing Certification through the UCSD Professional Training Institute. She has attended the MBSR Teacher Training Intensive and UCSD Practicum and has taught several MBSR classes onsite at Qualcomm.

Cheryl’s current day job is as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at a privately held company in San Diego and her previous employers include NRG, Sprint, CareFusion and Jack-in-the-Box. She lives with her husband and two daughters in San Diego and enjoys cooking, spending time with good friends, hiking, exploring farmers markets and spending time with family.

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