Learn To Meditate 

About Ziva

Ziva was founded by Emily Fletcher in 2011. Since then, over 4,700 students have graduated from our live and online courses, with a meditation practice to take with them for life. Our focus is meditation for better performance. Graduates include Oscar, Grammy and Tony award winners as well as CEOs, NBA players, and full time moms. Ziva is based in New York City, where we offer our in person training 1-2 times a month. We teach in LA several times per year. We also offer corporate and private courses. We have had the pleasure of sharing meditation with Google, Viacom, Barclays Bank and sweetgreen. If you are looking for a practice with the potential to revolutionize how you work and how you chill you are in the right place.

Meet the Founder

Hi friends! If you want to see my professional bio, scroll down on this page. If you want to learn a little more about me as a human being, read on below.

I am a recovering control freak. Musical Theatre was my religion for the first part of my life; by that, I mean that keeping my body and mind in peak performance shape is the thing that gave me my drive and boundaries until I found meditation. I enjoyed 10 glorious years on Broadway and still consider it home. I go to Burning Man and India as often as possible. (If you are still reading this after the last sentence then we might be very good friends.)

I got married to an incredible human in 2015 without whom Ziva would not exist. He meditates (not as much as I would like) and we are the proud (read: obsessed) parents of Mugsy, our 19 lb mutt. I like to hang out with people who are lit up about what they do, bonus points if it is contributing to making this planet habitable for humans for a few more years.

I work too much for a meditation teacher, but when you love what you do it is hard to tell the difference between work and play. I can not imagine my life without this meditation practice and count my blessings every day that I get to share it with the world. Would love to meet you in person at the next Intro Talk in NYC or LA.

Official Bio

Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the creator of zivaMIND, the world’s first online meditation training. Ziva’s mission is to make meditation attractive and accessible to people who are ready to up-level their performance and their lives. Recently featured in The New York Times, named top 100 women in wellness to watch and regarded as one of the leading experts in Vedic meditation, Emily has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank, sweetgreen, & Viacom to help improve company performance through meditation.

She began her ten years of training in Rishikesh, India and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers & A Chorus Line.

Emily has been invited to speak at Harvard Business School, Bulletproof Biohacking Conference, Summit Series, A-Fest and The Omega Center. So far, she has taught over 4,700 people to become self-sufficient meditators with this game changing practice to take with them for life.

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Public Speaking & Events

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    Hunter Cressman

    Hunter Cressman is a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation based in New York City, who was trained in the Himalayas of India by master-teachers. Hunter has taught hundreds of people worldwide this effective stress relieving technique. He is committed to showing students how to integrate daily meditation into modern life. In addition to Vedic knowledge, Hunter brings experience as a mechanical engineer to the practice. Prior to teaching, he was a Process Engineer for the jewelry enterprise David Yurman. Hunter is passionate about empowering people with practical wisdom to re-engineer their lives from the inside out. His real world understanding of business and creative collaboration is an invaluable resource for people seeking to balance and excel in all areas of life.

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    Kelsey Mathes

    Kelsey Mathes is equally passionate about the power of meditation and exploring storytelling through art. She joined the zivaFAMILY in summer ‘12, and fell so in love with the practice that she recently completed a 15 month teacher training program with Ziva. Holding a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University at Buffalo, and a certification in holistic nutritional counseling from the Academy of Healing Nutrition, Kelsey is now the nutritional coach for zivaEATS. After experiencing extreme anxiety and panic attacks in her mid-twenties, Kelsey began meditating, and attributes her transformation to the practice. This is the impact she wants to have on clients: building the amazing connection of mind and body that is unique to each individual.

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zivaTEAM

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    Lauren Shaw
    Director of Operations

    Lauren oversees the general administration and management of Ziva. In addition to customer care, Lauren is responsible for the financials, scheduling, and day-to-day projects within the company. Hers is typically the first face you see at a Ziva Intro Talk, and she is the one to ask questions about anything admin-related. Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and has several years of experience in accounting, customer service, and administration. She is an avid reader and is currently in the process of writing a novel herself, thanks to the creative inspiration she receives from her meditation practice.

    Ziva Meditator since October 2013.

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    Sherri Kronfeld
    Director of Growth

    Sherri joined Ziva in the newly created role of Director of Growth, developing and expanding our business. She has extensive experience in marketing, communications, and product development, primarily in the arts, health and wellness. Most recently she was the Content and Product Manager for an international health e-commerce business. Previously she was Marketing Manager for several off-Broadway theaters. Sherri is a native New Yorker who has lived and worked in London, Edinburgh and Barcelona. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University.

    Ziva Meditator since May 2015.

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    AJ Alvarez
    Studio Assistant

    AJ is a liaison between the zivaFAMILY and the zivaTEAM. He handles merchandise, helps with customer service, and is an assistant to Emily and the rest of the staff. He studied vocal performance and dance at the McLennan College Theatre Department deep in Waco, Texas. AJ has participated in both zivaMIND, the online training, and is a member of the New York zivaFAMILY. In fact, AJ moved to the city to create a closer connection to the Ziva practice.

    Ziva Meditator since July 2016.

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    Liza Fernandez
    Operations Assistant

    Liza Fernandez is Ziva’s floating diva. She spends most of her time behind the scenes providing excellent customer service and invaluable administrative assistance. Liza is co-creator of a film production company, Subway Token Films, which also mirrors Ziva's #1 focus: the clientele. She is a working actor in film and TV, floating between New York City and Los Angeles. She has a background in theatre and social awareness through the arts. She is a graduate of State University of New York (SUNY), Circle in the Square Theatre School and Victorian College of the Arts (Australia).

    Ziva Meditator since September 2012.