Chopra Center Certified Instructor Alina Olteanu, M.D., Ph.D., owner of Meditate With Alina, in Plano, has been teaching meditation lessons and stress reduction techniques online for three years. She has been practicing medicine since 1998 and a pediatrician since 2004, chose to specialize in integrative medicine, and graduated from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, founded by Dr Andrew Weil, in 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hawaiian Huna practitioner.
Olteanu states, “Meditation is an ancient technique that may solve many of our modern, stress-induced problems, and I know its effects firsthand. Practic- ing even just a few minutes a day can induce a relaxation response, which can help reduce anxiety and manage stress, lower your blood pressure, enhance your sleep patterns, awaken your intuition, become less judgmental, improve relationships, create inner peace and connect to spirit.”
She has vast experience with the devastating effects of chronic stress on not just her own physical health, but on her emotional and mental health, as well. “I am a physician who believes in the mind-body-spirit connection, and I teach meditation to busy people as a tool to connect with all aspects of their existence and as a method for better health and well-being,” says Olteanu.
While working long hours through medical school, graduate school, residency and her fellowship training, she began noticing her health deteriorating and her life spiraling out of control. Seeking something to help, Olteanu began a 15-year journey in search of more peace, harmony and balance in her life, and says that she knows that meditation literally saved her life and improved all aspects of her health and relationships. It was this journey and her discovery as to the powerful and positive effects meditation has on our physical and emotional being that has lead her to add meditation instructor to her long list of achievements and academic studies.
Olteanu says, “Many are searching for a more calm way to deal with life’s constant stimulation, and meditation is the perfect antidote to stress, by switching the body’s stressful reaction to a more peaceful, healthier one in just few minutes.”
Her primary meditation technique is Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM), which she learned at the Chopra Center. Instead of forcing the mind to be quiet, PSM teaches the mind to go beyond thought and into the silence that is within us; even in busy, bustling, noisy spaces.
By learning PSM and receiving their own personal mantra, based on mathematical Vedic formulas and repeated silently, Olteanu’s clients are able to discretely take a few minutes for themselves to meditate and de-stress wherever they are, whether on a plane, in a hotel room, in a hospital or while the kids are napping. Even better, Olteanu says, “My approach is unique in a sense that my students can learn how to meditate with a personal mantra in one session from the comfort of their own home.”
In conjunction with meditation, Olteanu also employs breathing techniques, balancing chakras energies and other types of meditation techniques to help clients create a complete meditation routine for self-care and stress management. “Skype has been a huge benefit to my clients,” she says. “Whether traveling across town or across the country, coming to me for instruction just seemed unnecessary in most cases. My clients can access me from a hotel in China or an airport in Los Angeles—anywhere they can get Wi-Fi connection!”
Sessions are $150; clients can learn to meditate in one session or choose to deepen their practice with ongoing support. For more information, call 214-842-9510 or visit MeditateWithAlina.com.