“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Winter Park Meditation & Mindfulness provides an easy, empowering, modern approach, bathed in science, to meditation and mindfulness training, offering programs, tools and techniques that can easily be incorporated into your everyday personal and professional routine. Because a regular practice of meditation and mindfulness builds tone in the nervous system and offers a sustainable way of living, often described as a more vibrant new normal, it has the ability to reach and enhance every area of life, allowing you to become the best, most effective version of you.

This scientifically-proven technique offers many physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits including reducing stress, anxiety and depression, improving sleep, digestion and weight management, enhancing relationships with both one’s self and others, slowing down the aging process and positively affecting overall productivity, performance, health and wellbeing. 

A regular practice of meditation and mindfulness is a very effective stand-alone practice, or it can be incorporated into a physical yoga practice, allowing one to more fully realize the complete benefits that yoga has to offer.

What is Meditation & Mindfulness?

Meditation is a word used to describe both a modern and ancient technique, originally born of yogic tradition nearly 5,000 years ago, that calms the nervous system and when practiced regularly leads one to living a more responsive, focused, engaged and aware life.

Mindfulness is both a type of meditation, as well as a way of living which allows for a more enjoyable and relaxing experience. Mindfulness is a practice of being fully engaged with your senses in what you are doing when you are doing it without judgment, resulting in actual living versus merely going through the motions on autopilot.

Although there are many different forms of meditation, all of them typically fall under one of three categories, Open Awareness Meditation, Focused Awareness Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. Winter Park Meditation & Mindfulness recognizes and respects each individual’s unique circumstances and therefore offers training in a variety of different types of meditation and mindful living activities. This approach allows each individual the opportunity to create their own anytime, anywhere daily practice for stress-less living.

Tracy Wosaba’s Bio

July 2006 was a major turning point in Tracy Wosaba’s life. The accumulation of everyday stress, which had been building for years, was approaching a breaking point and something had to be done. Although she consistently exercised, enjoyed a healthy diet and surrounded herself with wonderful people, her stress was causing immense anxiety and was negatively affecting her sleep, focus, productivity and worse of all, enjoyment of life. Although she was not aware at the time, that July she made one of the most important decisions of her life when she attended the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, for a week-long Mind, Body, Spirit Rejuvenation Program where she learned how to meditate. During that week, for the first time in her life, meditation allowed her to connect to the silence and stillness that had always resided beneath her life’s experiences, but she had not previously been able to access. That sense of peace was life changing. 

May 2017, after relocating from Arizona to Florida, Tracy founded Winter Park Meditation & Mindfulness in an effort to share the empowering art and science of meditation and mindfulness with anyone who is dedicated to reducing stress and living a happier, healthier, more focused and balanced life. As a McLean Meditation Institute Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and Florida Licensed Aesthetician, with over 20 years of combined Corporate Sales, Service and Wellness industry management experience, Tracy integrated her passions of overall wellness, aging gracefully and making a difference in her creation. Tracy also holds certifications in Animal Assisted Therapy and Reiki.

Benefits

The scientifically proven benefits of a regular practice of meditation and mindfulness include:

Improving the structure and plasticity in important areas of the brain as follows:

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Increased grey-matter density in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that manages executive functions, such as planning, decision making, judgment and choosing socially-appropriate behaviors. This area is often referred to as the ‘Command Center’ or ‘CEO’ of the brain.

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Increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories and retrieving old memories, as well as for learning. (Scientists have correlated shrinkage of this area with the presence of Alzheimer’s disease.)

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Decreased grey-matter density in the amygdala, the seat of emotional reactivity and fear, responsible for the fight or flight response. 

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Increased grey-matter density in the Insula, the area of the brain responsible for self-awareness and processing social emotions, such as empathy and love

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Increased grey-matter density in the anterior cingulate, the area of the brain which acts as a fulcrum between the emotional amygdala and the logical prefrontal cortex.

Additional Scientifically Proven Benefits Include:

Reducing levels of pro-inflammatory genes and promoting healing

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Decreasing levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline

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Increasing DHEA, the youth hormone

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Balancing blood sugar

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Enhancing the mind/body connection

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Helping one remain calm and peaceful

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Improving productivity and performance

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Optimizing the immune system evidenced by increased activity of natural-killer T-cells, which have been known to kill bacteria and cancer cells

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Increasing levels of endorphins, the happy hormones

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Improving sleep

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Improving eating habits and digestion

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Increasing mental clarity

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Increasing compassion for others

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Giving one a clearer sense of purpose and fulfillment

Additional Scientifically Proven Benefits Include:

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Reducing levels of pro-inflammatory genes and promoting healing

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Decreasing levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline

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Increasing DHEA, the youth hormone

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Balancing blood sugar

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Enhancing the mind/body connection

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Helping one remain calm and peaceful

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Improving productivity and performance

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Optimizing the immune system evidenced by increased activity of natural-killer T-cells, which have been known to kill bacteria and cancer cells

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Increasing levels of endorphins, the happy hormones

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Improving sleep

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Improving eating habits and digestion

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Increasing mental clarity

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Increasing compassion for others

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Giving one a clearer sense of purpose and fulfillment